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Townsquare Media's Taste of Fort Collins: The show must go on(line)

Posted at 5:45 AM, May 29, 2020

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Organizers of this year's Taste of Fort Collins say they've moved on to Plan C.

The celebration of Northern Colorado food and entertainment is traditionally held in early June, but organizers moved it to late July during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now they've decided that instead of holding a big party in Washington Park in Fort Collins, they're going to move as much of the event as they can online on Friday, July 24 (new date). And this year's headliners, Collective Soul and Spin Doctors, have rescheduled their appearances for next summer.

Organizers at Townsquare Media say fans who have already bought tickets for this year's event, as well as vendors who have paid to be a part of it, will receive refunds. However, much of the event, including a lot of local entertainment, will still be available online as mentioned in the below note from Evan Harrison, president of Townsquare Media Northern Colorado.

NoCo Music Fans,

A summer with no live music just doesn’t seem right, so we’ve come up with a plan to safely celebrate local music, local food, and our local businesses.

A few weeks ago we launched our local entertainment contest and asked you to vote your favs on to the Taste stage or live from their garage-- nearly 50,000 of you showed up to vote… so, the show must go on(line).

On July 24, 2020 (new date) our show will go online at 7 p.m. We’ve invited the top three vote getters from the local entertainment contest to perform in the digital show -- the contest winners were synth-pop trio Glass Cases, Disney song cover band The Man Cubs and psychedelic rockers Moonlight Bloom. We’ve also invited contest participants Fort Collins brother-cousin trio HoldFast to participate in the virtual event, and we’ll have a special set from Denver 7’s Shannon Ogden, you’ll see local business leaders and of course, we’ll be awarding prizes to the best local restaurants, based on your votes. To get the virtual party started properly, we’ll have a pre-party with live DJ mixes on 94.3 the X and 99.9 The Point from 6-7 p.m. prior to the live stream.

In June and July we’ll be working with local businesses to arrange private live pop-up performances, so lucky winners can enjoy live music with friends while we remain ‘socially distanced’ yet musically connected..

It’s thanks to you, and your appetite for a local celebration our show will go on(line), we’re looking forward to seeing how you safely gather with your friends to join the online festivities. All fans who purchased tickets and vendors for our 2020 event will be receiving full refunds.

Finally, I’m so pleased to share that we’ll all be back together live from Washington Park in Fort Collins June 5-6, 2021 with Collective Soul and Spin Doctors, so mark your calendars.. the show must go ON!

Denver7 is proud to be the media sponsor for the Taste of Fort Collins.