Taste Of Fort Collins June
The Taste of Fort Collins (TFC) is a Northern Colorado Tradition - a community celebration with family-friendly activities that are perfect for Northern Coloradoans’ active lifestyle. TFC continues to benefit Special Olympics Larimer County and Kiwanis Club International. This three-day festival offers attendees food from local and national restaurants, entertainment from regionally and internationally acclaimed musicians, and an eclectic display of fine artisans work as well as the region’s best crafters.
annual Taste of Fort Collins sponsored by First National Bank. Food of every variety will be plentiful, local brews and wines flowing copiously and entertainment on hand for all, from the very young to the simply youthful and happy at heart.
Mostly, though, it's all about the food. Several types of barbecue will be offered, alongside ethnic cuisine such as Cajun, Thai and Italian. There will be meat aplenty, balanced out by tasty vegetarian dishes. For those who appreciate more basic all-American fare, burgers, pizza and dogs will be on the menu as well.
Taste portions can be had for a few dollars apiece, larger meal-size portions for a little bit more. With such low prices, attendees can easily mix and match their favorite foods or try something completely new and adventurous to the taste buds.
"This is a good kick-off event for the summer," said event director Katie Shultze. "We pride ourselves in engaging the community as much as possible."
Shultze is referring to the more than 30 Northern Colorado restaurants that are a part of this weekend-long fundraising event for Kiwanis and Special Olympics.
"A large part of the proceeds go directly to the nonprofits," said Shultze.
"We generally let anyone who is interested in participating do so," said Shultze of the criteria for picking restaurants. "We have quite a few return vendors, but we also try to keep the variety good. It's mostly Northern Colorado restaurants participating and we do make an effort to highlight Fort Collins restaurants."
"We will have a Kids Zone, Wilbur's Wine Tent and fantastic music including both local bands as well as national headliners. And, of course, lots of great restaurants are participating," added Shultze. "We encourage families to come out early, eat lunch and enjoy the day's festivities. There is something for everyone -- shopping, art, face painting and live music.
"Also, new this year is a Friday night kick-off concert including Churchill and Rachel and The Kings. We'll be showcasing only Fort Collins breweries such as New Belgium and O'Dell's. This will be great for beer geeks because there will be some small-batch specialty beers," said Shultze.
Churchill's tunes are a blend of folk-infused rock songs with a delicate bluegrass flair. According to a press release, Rachel and The Kings attributes their "immediate and extraordinary success to a confluence of talent culled from piles of musical endowment accumulating around Denver these days."
"Weather is always the scariest unknown variable. Three years ago we had torrential downpours, last year the smoke and ash from nearby wildfires. After six months of planning, that can have an effect on the festivities."