Taste of Colorado draws 500,000 to downtown

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DENVER -- Foodies from across Colorado ventured to Civic Center Park in search of the perfect rib, the sweetest slice of pie and the smoothest sip of wine as part of the 29th annual Taste of Colorado. 

More than a half million people enjoyed food from more than fifty vendors.  The downtown park and surrounding streets were lined with everything from chicken and waffles to Asian fusion creations.  

Temperatures hit the 90’s but that didn’t affect the taste buds of those in search of those huge slow cooked turkey legs.

Kelly Wild and her husband celebrated the anniversary of their first date at the Taste. 

“Every year we come and celebrate,” Kelly says. “Now we bring our little guy.”  But it’s kind of hard to focus on romance with “Sticky Ribs” from the Parallel 17 restaurant just feet away.  As one food lover exclaimed, “It’s just a smorgasbord, you could just go nuts!”

Chef  Jean Claude Cavalera of Randolph’s Restaurant says it’s a real treat for him to share his gourmet  bacon and gorgonzola cheese burger on the streets instead of in the Tres Tres Elegante dining room at the Warwick Hotel, adding, “We are always in the kitchen, so it's nice to meet the people in person and talk to them.”  

The  Downtown Denver Partnership, which organizes the event, says the circus rides, swings and even a zip line for the kids and young adults were a big hit and, along with healthier food alternatives like lettuce wraps, will be back next year.   While the lettuce wraps will certainly be welcome, a mob might take over if the ribs, corn dogs and chocolate covered cheesecake-on-a-stick treats don’t return for a well deserved ovation.