Come for the winter, stay for the summer. While many people flock to the Colorado mountains for the promise of fresh powder, the summer season is not to be overlooked. Mountain towns are known to host some of the best food and wine festivals in the region, with weekend long events at Breckenridge, Telluride, and Steamboat. It’s a perfect opportunity for city dwellers to take a long weekend and enjoy some great food and wine with a stunning mountain backdrop.


Telluride Wine Festival; June 22-25, 2017:

Over the course of Thursday – Sunday, the Telluride Wine Festival will feature some of the best chefs and wine experts. With over 20 wineries participating (including Denver’s The Infinite Monkey Theorem), this is a great chance to taste some incredible wines and food. Throughout the weekend, people can attend tastings, seminars, and demonstrations hosted by world-class chefs. Both single day and full weekend tickets are available to be purchased on the Telluride Wine Festival site.


Breckenridge Food & Wine Festival; June 29, 2017:

The Breckenridge Food & Wine Festival is a perfect way to spend a Saturday in the middle of summer. While there is the option to enjoy a dinner Friday night or a social with women in the industry on Sunday, the main event is on Saturday. Enjoy delicious food and wine while listening to live music with the mountains in the background. Tickets are available on the Rocky Mountain Events site.


Steamboat Wine Festival; August 9-13, 2017
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The Steamboat Wine Festival makes for an ideal long weekend. With four days filled with activities, there’s no shortage of things to do and wine to try. Festival features include stand-up paddleboard yoga, golf and wine, hiking with wine at the end (this is probably the only way to get me to hike), and other events in addition to the expected tastings and seminars. Tickets can be purchased on the Steamboat Wine Festival site.


Snowmass Wine Festival; September 15-16, 2017

What better way to enjoy the last few days of summer than a wine festival in the mountains of Snowmass? The weekend kicks off with a four-course dinner on Friday night, followed by the grand tasting on Saturday. During the grand tasting, people will be able to drink, taste food from local restaurants, and participate in a silent auction. Tickets can be purchased through the Snowmass website.

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