16 Colorado Food and Drink Festivals Worth Planning a Trip Around (5280)

Sarah Kuta
May 16, 2024
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From Colorado brews to Palisade peaches, these annual gatherings celebrate the best of food and drink in the Centennial State

’Tis the season for Colorado food and drink festivals, which celebrate everything from local and national culinary talent to craft beer, wine, and mead. As you start to make your warm-weather travel plans, consider adding these road-trip-worthy affairs to your calendar.

Manitou Springs Wine Festival | June 1

Held each year in Manitou Springs, the quirky enclave just west of Colorado Springs, this one-day event is the perfect way to kick off the start of summer. Taste a variety of wines and meads from nearly 30 Colorado purveyors such as Buckel Family Wine and Carlson Vineyards, all while listening to live music and perusing the wares of various vendors.

Lake Dillon Beer Festival | June 15

Pay a visit to Summit County for this one-day beer festival, where you can sip brews from more than 30 Colorado breweries. Be sure to bring your camera, too, because you’ll want to snap views of Lake Dillon surrounded by the mountains all day long.

Vail Craft Beer Classic | June 14–15

Plan a road trip to Vail to spend a relaxing weekend sipping delicious craft brews at this year’s Vail Craft Beer Classic, which is back for its eighth year. Mingle with brewers, kombucha-makers, and seltzer-slingers from around the state, who are bringing hundreds of different beverages to the Vail Valley for festival-goers to try.

Food & Wine Classic | June 14–16

If you can snag a ticket to the iconic Food & Wine Classic in Aspen, you’ll get to hobnob with some of the world’s leading chefs, sommeliers, spirit-makers, and other pros, all while soaking up the summertime beauty of Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. The three-day culinary festival is already sold out, but there’s a waitlist you can join just in case.

Reds White and Brews | June 22

This cleverly named festival in Steamboat Springs is all about beer, wine, and enjoying the mild summer weather in the Yampa Valley. Sip your drink of choice while listening to live music, shopping local vendors, and munching on snacks in downtown Steamboat.

Bacon and Bourbon Festival | June 22–23

Gather up your crew of bourbon- and bacon-loving friends and family and head to Keystone for a seriously mouthwatering combination. Held at Keystone’s River Run Village area, this festival includes tons of concerts, a bacon-eating competition, tastings, and a special “Camp Bacon” area for kids, complete with a bacon bingo scavenger hunt.

Colorado Brewers Rendezvous | July 13

Back for its 28th year, the Colorado Brewers Rendezvous is the ultimate summer craft beer festival. Held in Salida’s Riverside Park along the picturesque banks of the Arkansas River, this gathering involves more than 60 breweries from across the Centennial State, plus food and live music.

Heritage Fire | July 27

Colorado’s favorite open-fire culinary festival, Heritage Fire, returns to Snowmass on July 27 with an array of local talent. Head to the mountains for this one day fest to watch over 30 chefs prepare heritage-breed meats over an open flame to complement beverages provided by sommeliers, distillers, and brewers.

Vail Wine Classic | August 8–11

If wine is your drink of choice (or if you’ve always wanted to become better acquainted with it), consider attending this year’s Vail Wine Classic. Over the course of four days, you can meet winemakers, attend seminars, enjoy paired dinners, and sample wines from around the world at this oenophile’s dream.

Palisade Peach Festival | August 16–17

Indulge in as many juicy, fresh-off-the-tree peaches as you want at this year’s Palisade Peach Festival, which celebrates the annual harvest of delightful stone fruit that grows on the Western Slope. Chat with (and thank!) the local farmers and ranchers who lovingly tend to the peach trees all year long, watch cooking demos, take an orchard tour, and feast on peach dishes at this two-day gathering.

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