COLORADO BBQ CHALLENGE
When: Thursday, June 12 through Sunday, June 14
What: Approximately 70 BBQer's compete in a variety of categories from pork to chicken to dessert and everything smoked in between. Guests are sure to leave with sticky fingers and a full belly. Don't miss the whiskey tour.
More info, tickets, reservations: Visit BBQ Challenge for more information.
BLUE RIBBON BACON TOUR
When: Saturday, June 21 through Sunday, June 22
Where: Keystone Resort's River Run Village
What: With 3,000 pounds of bacon being served, you'll be in hogs heaven the whole weekend, from bacon ice cream to drinks with bacon strips. Don't miss Colorado's largest bloody mary bacon bar.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets range from $20 to $50 per person; Visit Bacon Festival for more information.
TELLURIDE WINE FESTIVAL
When: Thursday, June 26 through Sunday, June 29
What: During the day attend seminars, wine tastings and cooking demos. On Thursday and Friday, eat and drink your way through the mountain town. Don't miss "Highest Wine Tasting in North America" at Telluride Ski Resort.
More info, tickets, reservations:Tickets start at $150; Visit Telluride Wine Festival online for more information.
CRESTED BUTTE FOOD AND WINE FESTIVAL
When: Friday, July 10 through Sunday, July 13
Where: Crested Butte
What: Crested Butte brings together their culinary scene with everything from wine dinners, chef demonstrations, a dessert extravaganza and more.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets range from $250 to $7500; Visit the Visit Crested Butte Online to purchase tickets.
SNOWMASS CULINARY AND ARTS FESTIVAL
When: Saturday, July 12
Where: Snowmass Village Mall
What: This Rocky Mountain culinary festival features celebrity chefs, artists, cooking workshops and food and presentation panels. Don't miss the Palette of Pairings.
More info, tickets, reservations: Tickets are $40 per person. Visit Snowmass Culinary Festival for more information.
STEAMBOAT WINE FEST AND BEER-B-Q
When: Wednesday, August 6 through Sunday, August 10
Where: Steamboat Springs
What: Over 100 food artisans, wineries, breweries, distilleries,epicurean purveyors and locally-made products will be featured at the event. Don't miss the newest event Beer-B-Q featuring barbecue and craft beer.
More info, tickets, reservations: Ticket prices range from $55 to $135; Visit the festival's website to purchase tickets and more information.
— By Katy Hume