Taste of Colorado features tasty treats this Labor Day weekend

September 2, 2015

Local and nationally renowned chefs and experts from more than 50 Colorado-based restaurants and food establishments will demonstrate their talents at the Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase presented by 630 KHOW during the 32nd Annual A Taste of Colorado, a free event Sept. 4 through 7 at Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.

David Cross from Albert Bartlett and Pat Miller, The Gabby Gourmet, will host The Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase, located in the Greek Amphitheatre. The four-day, food, music, arts and crafts and entertainment festival is free to the public and will take place Sept. 4 through Sept. 7 in Downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park.

Watch your favorite Colorado chefs and culinary experts give culinary demonstrations all weekend.
Chefs from restaurants, including MAX’s Wine Dive, AQUA TERRA Culinary, Guard and Grace and Bistro Vendôme, will be present to demonstrate the creation of their delicious cuisines. Hours for the Culinary Showcase are as follows:
* Noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday
* 11:15 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Saturday and  Sunday
* 11:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday

Also enjoy fun food competitions throughout the weekend. Join the ice cream eating competition that takes place at noon each day, Saturday through Monday. Watch Colorado’s top chefs go head-to-head in the cooking competition, Ready! Set! Cook!, at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
The following is the schedule of demonstrations and competitions on the Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase presented by 630 KHOW:

Friday –
Noon: Terry Pruitt – King Soopers
1:15: Kevin Savoy – MAX’s Wine Dive
2:30: Charley Sinden – The Farm House at Breckenridge Brewery
3:30: Seth Gonzales – Gaetano’s
4:30: Jeff Cleary – Grateful Bread
5:30: Tom Coohill – Coohill’s Restaurant – Albert Bartlett Ambassador
6:30: Dory Ford – AQUA TERRA Culinary and Baur’s Restaurant

Saturday –
11:15: Justin Albert – King Soopers
Noon: Ice Cream Eating Contest
12:30: Troy Guard and Darren Pusateri – Guard and Grace
1:30: Adolfo Aguilar and Sheree Browne – Adelita’s Cocina y Cantina
2:30: Matt Selby – Central Bistro
3:30: Daniel Asher – Root Down, Linger, Ophelia’s – Albert Bartlett Ambassador
4:30: Keegan Gerhard – The Food Network, D Bar
5:30: Karin Lawler – The Truffle Cheese Shop
6:30: Ready, Set, Cook! Chefs compete and cook like crazy!

Sunday –
11:15: Paul Walrath – King Soopers
Noon: Ice Cream Eating Contest
12:30: Paul Reilly – Beast + Bottle
1:30: Roxanne and Sergio Negrin – Frijoles – Colorado Cuban Cafe
2:30: Adam Branz – Bistro Vendôme
3:30: Lou Ortiz – Los Chingones – Albert Bartlett Ambassador
4:30: James Rugile – Sarto’s
5:30: Chefs from Brazen
6:30: Ready, Set, Cook! Chefs compete and cook like crazy!

Monday –
11:15: Paul Walrath – King Soopers
Noon: Ice Cream Eating Contest Final
12:30: Carlos Mastache – Que Bueno! Mexican Grille
1:30: Robert Grant – Baur’s Restaurant
2:30: Kevin Grossi – Lola
3:30: Randy Savala – The Fort – Albert Bartlett Ambassador
4:30: Ready, Set, Cook! Chefs complete and cook like crazy!
In addition to The Albert Bartlett Culinary Showcase presented by 630 KHOW, more than 50 of Colorado’s favorite food establishments will be selling a wide variety of small portions to full meals, ensuring that there will be something for every palate.

There will be plenty of music, magic, clowns and puppets on the KidzStage presented by MIX 100, and the KidZone will feature free, hands-on craft activities for children of all ages. Kids and adults also can enjoy carnival rides and games Saturday through Monday, presented by KOOL 105.

The Main Stage and four other entertainment stages located throughout the festival will serve up a continuous menu of music, including the KBCO World Class Rock Stage, the KYGO Country Stage, the Colorado Heritage Stage presented by Westword and Classic Rock Tribute Stage presented by 103.5 The Fox.

In the Festival of Mountain and Plain area, families can learn about the state’s pioneer past. Featured artisans will demonstrate spinning, lace crocheting, felting, blacksmithing and various demonstrations of Navajo culture including weaving and beading.

Festivalgoers can shop in more than 275 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 & 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.

Festival hours are 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6,  and 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday.

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