Exploring Denver at Taste of Colorado04 September 2013
Right now I'm kinda in my 'getting to know you phase' with Denver. I've visited Colorado several times in my life on vacation but I had never even spent time in the capitol until I up and moved here a couple weeks ago. So when Taste of Colorado rolled around this weekend, I found it to be a great opportunity to get to explore my new home state.
The event takes place annually near the Capitol Hill of Denver. The roads are shut down to create a completely pedestrian friendly festival that allows you to sample the culinary treats that Colorado has to offer. This years events attracted more than a half million people to the area and made for a great day adventure.
While some of the most popular food choices of the weekend were probably the giant turkey legs and grilled corn, I decided to get to know my new home state by sampling local products. The choices were abundant and surprisingly cheap! To start I got a black diamond cocktail which included Goat Artisan Vodka and blackberry and grape flavoring. This light and fruity drink was great for a hot summer afternoon and I will definitely be adding this to my drink repertoire.
Next I decided to get some real food and got a rattlesnake bratwurst from Barbed Wire Reef. That's right. Rattlesnake. There were other choices of meat such as elk, buffalo, ostrich, and alligator that tempted me but I settled for snake. The taste was great but I wouldn't say it was really any different from any other brat. I mean, once you mash up an animal, put it in a sausage case, and smother it with sauerkraut and hot mustard, they all taste the same!
After that I was stuffed but I still had a couple tickets left so I decided to get a cupcake sampler from Gigi's Cupcakes. These tiny treats were profoundly sweet and a great finisher. It should be noted that these treats can be bought at anytime at a kiosk along 16th street mall. Delicious and convenient!
Besides food, there were many other Denver things to sample in the market areas. Vendors sold a wide array of products including art, clothing, handcrafted jewelry, and more. The best thing about the market area is that you know you are supporting local artists and craftsman. One of my absolute favorite things in the whole market area was this amazing print by Justin Hillgrove. Too cute!
And of course there was more to do than just eat and shop. There were several stages throughout the grounds featuring live entertainment and each stage had a different theme. There was a main stage for headliner acts but also, simultaneously throughout the venue, there were country, cultural heritage, and children's events going on. Other events included a play zone for children, a culinary exhibit, and a beer garden of local brews.
Have you ever been to a 'Taste of ...' event? Where at? What did you think?