I have been to the Taste of Durango every year for over 10 years. It is a favorite event for my family, and we never miss it. It’s also a great way to really kick off the event season in Downtown Durango. Here are Tim’s Top Ten Tips for the Taste!
First things first, the date is THIS SUNDAY May 20, from 11 am to 3 pm.
- Make a plan for traveling to and from the Taste in ADVANCE. Ride a bus for FREE (all buses in the City are FREE all day long, and there is a special shuttle from the Fairgrounds), walk, ride bike. If you have to drive, do NOT park at Town Plaza, that is for customers of the businesses located there. Here are some places you can park:
- Any of the three City lots on E. 2nd Ave
- Transit Center
- The Commons (in between Albertsons and Downtown Durango Inn/Applebees)
- Any metered spot on Narrow Gauge or E. 2nd Ave (you do NOT have to pay meters on Sunday!)
- Buy tickets in advance at TasteOfDurango.com, then pick up at will call booths the day of the event. Look for giant red balloons at the event, which are at the will call booths. The giant red balloons also show where the ticket buying booths at the event are located.
- How many tickets should you buy? The old tokens are no longer valid, nor are tickets from last year. The trick is to get just the right amount of tickets so you don’t run out too early, and you don’t end up with a bunch left over. Food costs three to seven tickets, desserts are three to five tickets, and beverages are four to eight tickets. I suggest 20 to 30 tickets per person. One ticket = $1. If you end up with a few left over, know that you are supporting several good causes! The Taste benefits several local charities in Durango.
- Visit Downtown businesses while you are at the Taste. Take a break and pop into a store or two. You can’t take your food or drink inside the stores, so finish up and then remind yourself of the great stores in Downtown so that you can shop local. The businesses will appreciate it!
- Take the kids to the Kids Zone, located at 9th and Main. This area is super fun, so make sure to let your kids have a little time there. I think it’s also a good idea to let your children (if they are old enough) pick out a few food items to taste.
- Follow Taste of Durango on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for last minute updates.
- Facebook - Facebook.com/TasteOfDurangoCRA/
- Instagram - @tasteofdurango
- Twitter - @TasteDurango
- Make a lap first to see where your favorite eateries are located.
- Do NOT bring your dog! This event is not for dogs, too crowded and too much food. Leave the pooch at home on the porch!
- Try plenty of food, and watch your drinking. This event is TASTE of Durango, not drink of Durango. I have seen people who have overindulged in the past. Don’t be that person. Have fun but be safe and enjoy the amazing food!
- Help clean up by not littering. Throw away your trash and encourage others to do the same.
I’ll see you at the Taste of Durango this Sunday!