Incredible Edibles

There’s a new food fest in town, and promoter Cat Kirk says A Bite of the Rockies will fill in the holes that some of the bigger events ignore — starting with its timing. “I’m a festival junkie,” Kirk admits. “I love Taste of Colorado and Cinco de Mayo, but I noticed that there was nothing big like that scheduled in the winter. Plus, a lot of the bigger fests have gone so commercial that they knock out the little guys.”

As a result, in addition to its early-spring date, Bite will look different by including many undiscovered Denver foodie finds in its vendor lineup, such as ethnic eateries and a number of home businesses taking advantage of the Colorado Cottage Food Act by bottling their artisan pickles and chocolate sauces for resale — at home, in their own kitchens. More than forty local restaurants and food trucks will be represented among the 200-plus vendors. And Bite also promises a family-friendly ambience, live music by the Colorado Symphony and others, popular attractions like the Gabby Gourmet, and low ticket prices, to boot.

Prepare to chow down at A Bite of the Rockies today from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 East 58th Avenue; admission is only $5 (free for children ages twelve and under), and tasting tickets are fifteen for $10. Get all the details at abiteoftherockies.com, and bon appétit!
Sat., March 22, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., March 23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 2014

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Susan Froyd started writing for Westword as the "Thrills" editor in 1992 and never quite left the fold. These days she still freelances for the paper in addition to walking her dogs, enjoying cheap ethnic food and reading voraciously. Sometimes she writes poetry.
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