Taste of Ouray - Culinary Festival

What better way to experience the true flavor of Ouray than with the annual Taste of Ouray culinary festival? The event features tantalizing and delicious samplings of local cuisine, brews and wine, demonstrations and competitions. Local chefs and caterers are already securing their places and planning their tasting menus.  Attendees exchange tasting tickets for sweet and savory samples and vote for their favorites. 

Returning this year is a community-wide Cupcake War, with prizes awarded to the cupcake that best reflects this year’s theme:  “My favorite thing about Ouray.” The public will vote on the cupcakes at the event in three categories: business, adult and children. Anyone interested in taking up the challenge should prepare create an original cupcake masterpiece and deliver it to the Community Center between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM on June 6. Cupcake displays must be no larger than 12 inches x 12 inches.  The cupcakes will be on display during the event; voting closes at 7:30 PM, and prizes will be awarded at 7:45 PM.

Ouray is expanding the popular cooking challenge. This year’s competition will be open to eight local chefs who will choose a “mystery” ingredient provided by the Ouray Chamber Resort Association.  This ingredient must be used to create an appetizer in advance.  Chefs present their appetizer for judging at 5 pm.  The two best appetizers will qualify the submitting chefs to compete head to head in a battle of local “mystery” meat and produce. They will have one hour to prepare and present two dishes to a panel of esteemed judges, who then crown the Ouray County Culinary Master. Any food or beverage professionals interested in participating, should contact OCRA Marketing Director, Heidi Pankow, at 970.325.4746.

Cooking activities for children will round out the event.  Admission is free, and food and beverage tasting tickets will be sold for $1 each. 

Schedule of events:

2:00 – 4:00 – Contestants deliver cupcakes to the Ouray Community Center

4:30 – Doors open for Taste of Ouray

6:00 – 7:00 – Cooking competition

7:00 – 7:30 – Competition judging

7:45 – Awards for vendors, cupcake and cooking competitions


For more information, please call the Ouray Chamber Resort Association at 970-325-4746 or www.ouraycolorado.com.  Join us for a delicious Taste of Ouray!


Thank you to our fabulous sponsors!

Meadowgold Dairy

Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa & Lodgings


Alpine Bank, San Miguel Power Association



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Project supported by an Enterprise Zone Marketing Grant
These businesses are all in the Region10 Enhanced Rural Enterprise Zone, entitling them to State Tax Credits.
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