Taste of Colorado starts today through Monday

August 29, 2014

The 31st annual A Taste of Colorado rolls into downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park Friday through Monday with fireworks, musical performances, wares and fare.

Fireworks will kick off at roughly 9 p.m. tonight after the En Vogue performance on the Access Health Colorado Main Stage. The display will also feature synchronized lights on the City and County Building, along with choreographed music by Jammin’ 101.5.

In addition to the Access Health Colorado Main Stage, four other entertainment stages located throughout the grounds will serve up a continuous menu of music, including the KBCO World Class Rock Stage, the KYGO Country Stage, and the Colorado Heritage Stage presented by Westword.

More than 50 Colorado food establishments will be selling a variety of small portions to full meals for your snacking pleasure. The Fine Dining area will host some of Denver’s top restaurants. The Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase presented by 630 KHOW features local and nationally renowned chef demonstrations creating simple yet elegant meals.

Festival-goers can shop in more than 250 marketplace booths for original arts and crafts, home and gift items, furniture, jewelry, imports and more. Fine Art in the Park will display original works in a variety of mediums created by artists from around the country.

Shoppers also can explore the home and lifestyles area, which features a variety of exhibitors displaying products and services such as window installation, kitchen remodeling, cookware, basement refinishing and salons and spas.

For the kiddos, there will be music, magic, clowns and puppets on the Colorado Access KidzStage presented by MIX 100, and the KidZone features play equipment, plus a free, hands-on craft activities for children of all ages, presented by 101.9 WAY-FM. Kids and adults also can enjoy carnival rides and games Saturday through Monday, presented by KOOL 105.

In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, families can learn about the state’s pioneer past, nature and the environment. Featured artisans will demonstrate Navajo weaving and culture, spinning, rug braiding, lace crocheting, and felting, along with a blacksmith demonstration.

Festival hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

Festival of Mountain and Plain … A Taste of Colorado is a community celebration that is produced by and benefits Downtown Denver Events, Inc., the Downtown Denver Partnership family’s community events nonprofit organization.

For more information, visit www.ATasteofColorado.com, www.facebook.com/ATasteofColorado, www.twitter.com/ATasteofCO or call 303-295-6330.

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