Foodies delight as the end of August is a great time in Colorado for food themed fairs and festivals. From Palisades to Parker, food and drink take center stage this month at these top food fairs across Colorado. Go, eat be happy.
Peaches rule on the western slope at the annual Palisades Peach Festival from Thursday, August 14 through Sunday, August 17. The four day fruit festival includes an ice cream social on Thursday where the Peach Queen is presented, a recipe contest and parade on Saturday and a farmers market on Sunday as well as tours and Feast in the Field dinners all weekend long. Vendors will pack the Palisades Peach Festival at Riverbend Park all weekend selling fruit, foods and peach themed gifts and many business and restaurants in town also run peach specials to coincide with the festival.
Colorado’s largest fungus festival, the 33rd Annual Telluride Mushroom Festival, is this month. From Friday, August 15 through Tuesday, August 19 the town of Telluride in southwestern Colorado will celebrate all things mycological. This year’s theme is Mushroom Science with activities centered around four branches of study: medicinal, mycoremediation, entheogenic, and culinary. Throughout the weekend festival goers can participate in guided mushroom hikes, culinary demonstrations, mushroom cook-offs featuring mushroom infused beer, DNA analysis of new mushrooms, workshops and talks from industry leaders including lectures by keynote speaker Langdon Cook and of course the most audacious event at the Telluride Mushroom Festival, the Sunday afternoon mushroom parade and costume contest. So dress to impress because at the Telluride Mushroom Festival they really do love all things mushroom.
If the thought of grilling meat makes your mouth water and the smell of hickory smoke is more attractive to you than France’s finest perfumes, then the 6th Annual Smokin' Brew BBQ in Parker is for you. This food festival happens the last weekend in August, better known as Labor Day weekend, beginning Friday, August 29 with a live musical performance by Skye 96 and ending on Sunday, August 31 with the BBQ Award Ceremony. Over 50 contenders will go grill for grill and dish for dish in the festival’s Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned competition. There will be live music all three days of the Smokin' Brew BBQ and likely shorter lines than the Taste of Colorado in Denver which also takes place Labor Day weekend.