Food Scene: Dine & drink local in Palisade, Colorado
Palisade hosts more than 10 festivals throughout the year spanning music to peaches to lavender. Each event brings in thousands of hungry and thirsty visitors hoping to sample local fare.
Here’s a breakdown of Palisade offerings:
TAKE A SIP & RELAX
Beer drinkers can enjoy fresh suds from Palisade Brewing Company, located at 200 Peach Ave., in Palisade. It offers seven year-round brews, including a locals’ favorite, Dirty Hippie. Palisade Brewing Company also offers a food menu, including a BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich ($8.50-$10.50) and Pulled Pork Nachos ($10).
“We are a nice change for folks who are trying wine all day,” said Evan Linko, Palisade Brewing Company’s spokesperson.
Palisade is also home to more than 20 wineries, including Colorado Cellars, Meadery of the Rockies, and the area’s newest winery, Red Fox Cellars.
Colorado Cellars, which is thought to be the first Colorado winery to use Colorado-grown grapes, offers 27 wines including merlot and chardonnay. Located at 3553 E Road, in Palisade, it is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
“You can come to our house and try some new wines,” said Padte Turley, co-owner of Colorado Cellars. “We are here every day so it’s like a second home to us.”
Meadery of the Rockies (3701 G Road, Palisade) offers mead, which is wine fermented with honey instead of grapes. The tasting room is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and it offers five complimentary tastes. Each additional taste costs $1.
Red Fox Cellars (695 35 Road, Palisade) offers not only bourbon-barrel aged wines, but also ciders and wines on tap. It also offers wine cocktails that range from $6-$10. The tasting room is open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Have a hankering for a mixed drink? Try Peach Street Distillers (144 S. Kluge Ave., Palisade). Enjoy a pho-jito for $7 and a fresh juice margarita for $8-$9.
TASTE LOCAL EATS
Whether it’s freshly picked peaches or a four-course meal prepared for you, Palisade offers a variety of flavors.
Need some breakfast pastries and goodies? Head over to Slice O’ Life Bakery, located at 105 W. Third St. It makes fresh pastries each day, ranging from 80 cents to $2, including donuts, cookies and bread. If you’re thirsty, sip its lavender tea, served hot or iced ($2-$4). The bakery is open Tuesday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 3 p.m. on Saturdays.
Need an afternoon snack? Head to one of the many farm stands throughout the area including Farmacy Farms (3419 Highway 6), Anita’s Pantry (625 37 1/4 Road; 3819 G Road), or Clark Family Orchards (3887 G Road). Each stand offers local, fresh fruit, veggies and other products.
Want to be wined and dined? Head over to Wine Country Inn, located at 777 Grande River Dr. It offers two restaurants within the hotel — Tapestry Lounge and Carolina’s.
Inari’s, located at 336 Main St. in Palisade, offers a fine-dining dinner atmosphere. It is open Wednesday through Saturday from 5-9 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Entrees include “Korean tacos with Asian style braised pork, house-made Kim Chee, shredded cabbage and carrots and spicy Sriracha sauce on corn tortillas” ($15). Another dish to try is the “buffalo meatloaf with balsamic glaze, caramelized red onions, Madeira demi-glace, roasted Yukon gold potatoes and vegetable of the day” ($20).
To learn about all of Palisade’s wineries, eateries and more, visit http://www.palisadetourism.com.
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The first in-person local festival of the year has arrived with Dandelion Day making its return to Sopris Park in Carbondale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday.