With just over 30,000 residents in its 619 square miles, Summit County doesn’t come across as a foody destination. However, with the millions of tourists visiting the county each year it has become a great place for festivals and restaurants to serve them. That’s why there are hundreds of restaurants to choose from in the towns of Breckenridge, Frisco, Copper, Keystone, Silverthorne and Dillon. In addition, there are some great food festivals to delight the pallets of locals and visitors alike! Here’s a list of a few festivals and markets that Summit County hosts during summer months.
Colorado BBQ Challenge
Each year Frisco’s Main Street turns into BBQ heaven as it hosts the Colorado BBQ Challenge. Join the fun beginning June 15 and running through June 17th. For the 24th consecutive year this event features more than 70 BBQers, chef demonstrations, Fire Fighter cook off, pig races, activities for kids, a whiskey tour and a fantastic lineup of live music. This festival is much more than just a BBQ event with plenty of fair-like activities for the entire family to enjoy.
Keystone Bacon & Bourbon Festival
An irresistible festival featuring everyone’s favorite part of the pig, the Keystone Bacon & Bourbon Festival is a real crowd pleaser. On the weekend of June 24th and 25th you can enjoy live music and thousands of pounds of bacon and bacon inspired recipes. Whether you are a bacon lover or not, you will have a blast at this unique festival.
Keystone Farmers Market
Beginning on June 28 to Labor Day (Sept. 6), the first annual Keystone Farmers Market will take place at the scenic Lakeside Village every Sunday from 9am – 2pm. The fresh market will focus on Colorado grown fruits and vegetables, educational workshops, art demonstrations and live music.
Dillon Farmers Market
Every Friday morning from June 9 to September 15, downtown Dillon hosts one of the best farmers’ markets in the mountains. From 9am – 2pm on Buffalo Street near Town Park, you will enjoy an excellent selection of fresh fruits and vegetables from over 125 vendors, premier Colorado growers, specialty foods, flowers, artisans, textiles, jewelers and much more … all while enjoying 360 degree views of the mountains. There will also be live music at the adjacent Town Park each day of the farmer’s market.
Dillon Farmers Market 90 Seconds
Colorado Burger Summit
On August 19th and 20th from 12-5pm, Copper Mountain will host its Colorado Burger Summit. This famous event is produced by the All American Food Fight. For just $55, you will enjoy unlimited burgers and beers, and live music as restaurants compete for the title of “Colorado’s Best Burger” … and you get to be the judge! General admission is free, but the VIP ticket sounds like the way to go. The winner of this event will get a trip to Orange Beach, Alabama to compete in the nationally televised World Food Championships for the title of World’s Best Burger!
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