The recipe for a perfect summer evening? A cold glass of rosé, chef-prepared bites and live music all in a beautiful setting.
Ready to dig in? Mark your calendar for the ninth annual Cherry Creek North Food & Wine Fest, to take place Aug. 12 from 6-9 p.m. at Fillmore Plaza (between First and Second avenues), and set to feature chefs from 17 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants competing for the titles of Best of Show, Best Dessert and People’s Choice. Oh, and you get to be the judge.
Whether you’re a fan of Bad Daddy’s burgers or prefer the spicy tuna rolls at Hapa Sushi, you’re sure to discover a new guilty pleasure at this local favorite event, which sells out annually. Purchase tickets early and select the VIP option (for $20 more) to get an hour head-start, first tastes from all 17 restaurants and a chance to chat with top chefs at the event before the rest of the crowd is let in. VIP ticket holders also will score special beverage tastings from Denver’s Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey and Wynkoop Brewing Company.
Tip: Turn the festival into a weekend staycation at the Halcyon, which is offering a 25 percent off discount with the booking code CCNFandW when you reserve any room for Aug. 11-13.