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Denver Food + Wine Festival Showcases Denver’s Best

Denver Food + Wine Festival Showcases Denver’s Best
Zoe Lanterman

There’s been a lot of talk about the Denver culinary scene lately — from Michelin Stars to one of our favorite pink-painted restaurants being reopened by television show creators. But one would be remiss to forget that one of the biggest weeks for the Denver culinary scene, Denver Food + Wine Festival, is back September 6 – 9, 2023. This year marks a landmark week of exciting events, so Denver foodies rejoice! 

Thursday, September 7, get ready for a casual night of friendly competition at the Shake + Brake Showdown where eight local food trucks get ready to square off and see who has what it takes to bring home the bacon. This year’s lineup includes the defending champs Chile con Quesadilla along with Bits & Pieces con Cerveza, the Ethiopian Food Truck, Fritay Haitian Cuisine, Lady in the Wild, Mukja, Simply Pizza, and Urban Burma. Alongside these finger-licking bites,12 pro bartenders keep the drinks pouring while trying to win the title of Best Cocktail. Attendees get the opportunity to pick their favorites all while eating, drinking and dancing the night away. 

For those looking to try bites from some of Denver’s best and brightest culinary stars and mixologists — without having to make a reservation or stand in endless lines — the Grand Tasting on Saturday, September 9 from 12 – 4 p.m. is a must-attend event. The menu for this shindig is unending, with more than 700 wine, spirit and beverages available and a rockstar lineup of award winning chefs and talented restaurant teams including: 

  • Aloy Modern Thai
  • American Elm
  • Biker Jim’s Gourmet Dogs
  • The Bindery
  • Bistro Mariposa
  • Bodega
  • Bonefish Grill
  • Bruto
  • Chez Maggy
  • Church & Union
  • Dine with Roilty
  • ELWAYS’s Downtown
  • Gaucho Parilla
  • Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center
  • Ginger Pig
  • glo Noodle House
  • Kachina Cantina
  • Kini’s
  • Kona Grill
  • Le French
  • Local Jones
  • Los Dos Potrillos
  • Lucina Eatery & Bar
  • MAKfam
  • MC2 Ice Cream
  • Monarch Chophouse 
  • Ms. Betty’s Cooking 
  • The Nickel
  • Noisette
  •  Panzano
  •  Poulette Bakeshop
  • Reckless Noodle House
  • Restaurant Olivia
  • Samosa Shop
  • Shin Myung Gwan Korean BBQ
  • Somebody People
  • STK Steakhouse
  • Stranhan’s Steakhouse 
  • Summit at the Broadmoor
  • Sushi-Rama
  • Teacher’s Lounge Food + Drink 
  • Tora Sushi + Ramen
  • Toro Denver
  • Trompeau Bakery
  • Ultreia
  • Wahoo’s Fish Taco
  • Watercourse Foods
  • Water Grill
  • Wild Taco

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This entire multi-day food, wine and spirits showcase is also Colorado’s biggest restaurant industry fundraiser. Proceeds benefit The Colorado Restaurant Foundation & Association, and their Angel Relief Fund which funds education and training programs. The proceeds also benefit Colorado ProStart, which is a high school culinary and entrepreneurship program as well as mental health and wellness resources for those in the foodservice and hospitality industry. So celebrate all that Denver’s food scene has to offer and support an industry that brings us not only unforgettable meals, but memories that last a lifetime.

More details and links to tickets can be found at the Denver Food + Wine Festival website: denverfoodandwine.com


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