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From July through the end of September, there’s a food festival almost every weekend somewhere in Colorado. These delicious events nearly always include live music, art fairs, and occasional fun competitions. Here’s a sampling of what’s coming up soon.

Crested Butte Wine & Food Festival July 24-28. For serious wine lovers and culinarians, this festival offers the chance to meet winemakers and sommeliers, take a James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner and attend seminars on artisan cocktail-making and New World versus Old World wines, all set amid the town’s mountain splendor.

Breckenridge Food and Wine July 26-28. Main Street bustles in this mountain town that features live music, food demos, and an around-the-world wine festival for the adults amid the town’s spectacular riverside location.

Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge September 6-7. Combining two things Coloradans love---barbeque and craft beer…this event hosts pro and amateur barbeque competitions, ice-cold locally brewed beer, live music and family activities in Grand Junction’s massive Lincoln Park.

Festival Italiano September 6-7. Belmar shopping, dining and entertainment district transforms into a Tuscan village with Italian wine and food, tasty desserts, and chef demos where you can learn to make your own pesto or Italian sausage, chalk artists, a bocce tournament and a homage to all things Italiano.

Colorado Mountain Winefest September 19-22. This celebration of wine goes right to the source where Colorado’s wine is made in Palisade. Sample the wares of 56 wineries, meet wine, cheese and peach growers, and talk with painters, ice carvers and chefs. Savor a chocolate-and-port pairing, tour a winery, attend winemaker dinners, and even stomp a few grapes.

Snowmass Wine Festival September 19-22. With the towering Snowmass Mountain as a backdrop, oenophiles will taste an array of wines from around the world, plus indulge in delicious cuisine from local chefs. There are music performances, a live auction and the coinciding vintage car race that rounds out the weekend experience.

Pueblo Chile and Frijoles Festival September 20-22. This is your chance to taste the pride of Pueblo…a special, intensely flavorful variety of green chile served smoking on a stick and tucked into a quesadilla or sprinkled in salsa, it’s the star of this show.

You can Google more information on these events in addition to August and September festivals in Keystone, Olathe, Salida, Sterling and more.


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