Food, drink and entertainment in Old Town Fort Collins
More then 50 restaurants and food trucks are gearing up for the 19th annual The First National Bank Taste of Fort Collins (TFC) during the weekend of June 12 to 14 at the iconic Civic Center Park in Old Town, Fort Collins. The three-day program is filled with local and national restaurants serving tastes of their signature dishes plus the Wilbur’s Craft Beer and Wine Pavilion for beverages, entertainment from regional and international musicians, more than 150 local artisans and vendors, and a Kidz Zone designed to entertain the little ones.
Gates open at 5 p.m. for the Friday Summer Kickoff Concert. The modest $5 entry fee. benefits the Taste of Fort Collins’ Colorado State University scholarship fund and the Eyeopeners Kiwanis Club of Fort Collins Foundation.
An event with “Taste” at its first name is food-centric, and the organizers have assembled a neat infographic with the names of the participating food vendors. It’s kind of fun to look it over and find your favorites. Most are casual in the street-food manner. Very fitting for an outdoor event.
Since the pricing structure is a little complicated, I’m quoting the press release so I don’t get anything wrong: “Festival hours are Friday, June 12, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, June 13, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 14, from 11 a.m. to 8:00. Entrance fee to Taste of Fort Collins is $5 per person before 3 p.m. and $10 after 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Children under 12, seniors over 65, and members of the Military with proper ID are admitted free of charge. Present your First National Bank card at the gates, and also get in free. Three-day passes are available for $15-$25 while supplies last and VIP passes are also available at a range of prices for each day at www.TasteofFortCollins.com. Local’s weekend passes will be available in May* at a special rate of $15 at Wilbur’s Total Beverage.” (*Perhaps no longer available in June.)