Bon Appetit calls Boulder America's Foodiest Town. Food and Wine named Pearl Street a Top 10 Street for Foodies. Boulder is home to the recipient of the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Southwest, the "Top Chef" Season 5 winner, a "Cutthroat Kitchen" champion, master sommeliers, cooking schools, the country's best farmers' market and most importantly, people who love to eat. There is a very high concentration of nationally recognized chefs, sommeliers, innovative restaurants and wine programs in this college town of just 100,000.
The Boulder Farmers' Market is a hub for the town's strong dining scene. The state's largest farmers' market was recently named the best in the country by readers of USA Today. The market takes place outside and there is an area where local chefs are cooking and serving. Grab a plate, sit on the grass next to the creek, and catch a glimpse of the Boulder lifestyle, accompanied by live music and paired with beer and wine. Get there early Saturday mornings to hear the farmers talk with the town's best chefs for menu ideas and preparation tips. It's located downtown on 13th Street between Canyon and Arapahoe. The market is open Wednesdays 4pm–8pm, May–October and Saturdays 8 am–2pm, April through November. http://www.boulderfarmers.org/
Pearl Street, and the Pearl Street Mall, is the heart and soul of Boulder and the perfect spot to celebrate Boulder's culinary arts and wine scene. Attendees stroll along the historic Pearl Street Mall — blooming with over 15,000 tulips — enjoying an unforgettable afternoon of tastings inside of some of Downtown Boulder's most vibrant retailers and galleries. In the center of it all, the Taste of Pearl Marketplace features live music, culinary demonstrations and wine. http://www.boulderdowntown.com/
Boulder's restaurant week, First Bite Boulder, is an annual event highlighting Boulder's dining scene. For one full week, over 40 of Boulder's top restaurants offer special three-course $26 prix fixe dinner menus. http://www.firstbiteboulder.com/
Located 30 minutes northwest of Denver and 45 minutes from Denver International Airport, Boulder is a captivating community enriched with natural beauty, hip urban culture and a vibrant love of the outdoors. The city is compact with an intimate small-town feel and walker-friendly. Visit Boulder and experience its distinctive lifestyle overflowing with celebrated restaurants, inspired shopping and art, and unbeatable people watching.