A Taste of the Denver Area with a Side of Support

Food festivals are a great way to try a wide variety of restaurants without having to make a reservation or wait for a table. With so many vendors to choose from, you get the chance to taste an assortment of samples from their menu and maybe find your new favorite restaurant. Many food festivals also host alcohol tastings and live music, ensuring your dinner and entertainment is included in the price of admission. Some festivals, like Chicken Fight, use their drawing power as a means of supporting a local cause. Food, alcohol, music, and doing something good for the community? Sounds like a perfect mix to us! Below is a list of local food festivals that give you the chance to satisfy your taste buds for a good cause: food festivals

Hot Rocks Griller Challenge

This mouthwatering grilling contest supports Men’s Health at Denver Health. $100 general admission.

Where: Elway’s Cherry Creek, 2500 East 1st Ave., Denver When: June 6 | 5:30-8:30 p.m.

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Plates for Pride

Plates for Pride benefits LGBTQ-focused charities, One Colorado & Gender Identity Center of Colorado. $45 general admission, $25 wine pairing. Where: Old Major, 3316 Tejon St., Denver When: June 13 | 5-10 p.m. food festivals

Top Taco

Unlimited taco samples and signature tequila cocktails? Go ahead and schedule that Uber, because this festival for Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation is gonna get muy loco. $75 general admission.

Where: Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St., Aurora When: June 28 | 7:30-10:30 p.m.food festivals

Chef’s Challenge

This Top Chef-style cooking competition is a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis research. Here you’ll get to vote on the best chef and take home some great items in the silent auction. $100 general admission. Where: Children’s Museum of Denver, 2121 Children's Museum Dr., Denver When: August 9 | 5:30 p.m.food festivals  

Tour de Fat

Cap off summer with beers and bikes! Tour de Fat has managed to raise $5 million in its 19-year operation to support bicycle safety programs and education for new riders. $15 general admission, free for kids 12 and under. Where: Sculpture Park, 1736 Speer Blvd., Denver When: August 25 | 12-5 p.m.

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