The Taste of Loveland has always been a favorite event of mine all the way back to when I used to work it for a local restaurant. The number of booths when you walk in the door seem to stretch beyond your imagination. Whether you’re a beer, wine, spirit enthusiast or just a lover of food this is definitely the event for you. For only $45.00 a head you can have all the food and beverage you desire conveniently placed in a warm inviting atmosphere.
When you first walk in the door you are greeted by the very friendly staff who then take you to choose your glassware, beer taster or wine taster. While we chose the beer taster it does not limit you to only drinking beer. You may rinse your glass and are free to enjoy the wonderful selection of wine and spirits at your disposal as well. With glass in hand we were set loose on the droves of vendors spread across the floor.
One of our first stops and one of our favorites for a while was the wonderful brewery Crooked Stave. We first discovered these guys at another local event and have been totally obsessed ever since. They are a Denver based brewery that really excels in the sour beer game. After hitting a couple more beer vendors we quickly realized we needed some food and quick. The hardest part of the event is choosing your next culinary adventure. As the tantalizing smell of chicken wings wafted passed our nostrils we knew that would be the perfect pairing to the satisfying suds we had in our hands. Enter Wing Shack… now with locations all throughout Northern Colorado it has always been a favorite of ours. The Garlic Hot wings went down quite nicely and we could have stayed there and continued to gorge on those tasty little birds but knew we had other people to see and food to eat.
We next decided to switch it up and go on the hunt for some local spirits. That’s the beauty of events like this, you can step out of your box and really get to try things you wouldn’t often try out on the streets. We spotted a vendor hat we had heard many good things about from friends in the area, Dancing Pines. They offered things like Chai Bourbon, Black Walnut Bourbon Liqueur and Spiced Rum among many other tantalizing liquids that we had to avoid for the time being. We were certainly not disappointed by any of them!
Next we set out to find more food for our swimming bellies. We spotted one of our favorite Loveland area eateries Door 222, always such a wonderful experience with them. As we scanned the growing crowd of patrons and vendors we decided some artisan cheese and meets would do us right. After cramming down some delicious charcuterie from surprising enough the one and only King Soopers we headed out to find something to satisfy our sweet tooth. We headed over to a local favorite Donut Haus and enjoyed some classic but ever so tasty Chocolate iced donuts. We chased the donut with a newly discovered favorite, Nooku Bourbon Cream. So sweet and so much wonderful flavor in such a small glass.
Where else can you grab a plate of chicken wings, sushi rolls and donuts and chase it down with a tasty beer followed by a nip of your favorite liquor? That is the joy and wonder that is The Taste of Loveland!