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Taste of Colorado to return Labor Day Weekend with new location

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By Steven Bonifazi

(DENVER, Colo.) Denver's three-day outdoor festival, Taste of Colorado, is returning for the 38th year. The event is free of charge and will take place from Sept. 4 through Sept. 6 throughout the downtown area to celebrate local food, music and art.

The annual event is typically held at Civic Center Park in Denver, however, this year it is taking place throughout Downtown Denver with entertainment dispersed all over. The 38th Taste of Colorado was initially supposed to take place last year but was pushed back to this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Taste of Colorado is a well-loved tradition that spans generations,” said Sharon Alton, Vice President of Downtown Experience at the Downtown Denver Partnership. “We’re proud to bring Taste back as we emerge from the pandemic, this year in a new format that will be a true celebration of our city’s culture and everything that our city’s artists, musicians, and restauranteurs have to offer."

The event is run by the local non-profit Downtown Denver Partnership, which is calling on local artists, musicians, vendors and restauranteurs who may be interested in taking part in Taste of Colorado. The goal of Downtown Denver Partnership is to create an economically healthy, growing and essential Downtown Denver.

The event's Urban Art Showcase, presented by the VF Foundation, will fuse art, community, nature, and downtown Denver's urban landscape.

Local artists are being sought out by Downtown Denver Partnership to design murals that will embrace urban adventure and exploration. Food available at Taste of Colorado will be entirely local, as restaurants, food vendors and food trucks that are located in the downtown area have the opportunity to participate at no cost.

Applications for marketplace vendors at Taste of Colorado will be accepted until June 30th. New vendors can register this year through Event Hub, a registration and communication platform, that will make submitting an application, payment and documents easy.

Steps for applying to become a marketplace vendor at Taste of Colorado 2021 are as follows:

  1. Review the 2021 Marketplace Prospective Applicant Handbook
  2. Click this link to go to our application on Event Hub
  3. Under the ‘Opportunities’ section, select ‘Book Event Space’
  4. Choose your vendor category and booth type, then select ‘Add to Cart’ and ‘Proceed to Checkout"
  5. If you already have an Event Hub profile, log in. If not, click ‘Need to Sign Up’ and create a profile for free. 
  6. Complete the application and submit 

2021 Marketplace Prospective Applicant Handbook

In addition to local art and eats, those attending Taste of Colorado this year will also get to experience live music from local, regional and national bands at the event. Any local artists, musicians, restauranteurs and marketplace vendors interested in participating in this year's Taste of Colorado can apply through the links listed above by June 1 at the latest.

"Never has it been more important to highlight all things local, and we can’t wait to do just alongside our community over Labor Day Weekend," Alton said.

For more information regarding Taste of Colorado, including how to participate, click here.

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