As we prepare to say goodbye to May and welcome June, the culinary schedule starts heating up. This weekend features the first Final Friday event of the season, the annual Burning Can festival, and a major program showing that Meat Matters. Keep reading to find out how to have a sizzling social calendar.
Friday, May 29
The Final Friday Music Walk and Urban Bazaar will kick off a summer of events at 4 p.m. today in RiNo, with food, music and other live entertainment. The fun will begin in the 3100 block of Blake and Walnut streets, and will extend throughout the RiNo neighborhood until 10 p.m. with select venues staying open until 2 a.m. For more information, including a complete list of activities, visit finalfridaydenver.com.
TAXI will make an already wet start to the summer even wetter when it launches pool-party season at 5 p.m. today. The repurposed storage container pool will be the scene for more than a few parties this summer, and today's kickoff isn't one to miss, with food, beer and sun (with any luck). Taking a dip will cost you $10 at the door.
Saturday, May 30
Quench that burning desire for great beer and fun at Burning Can in Lyons today. The festival and beer extravaCANza will feature live music, outdoor sports, food, vendors, a beer relay and, of course, plenty of suds. The party will be burning from 10 a.m. into the wee hours — around 1 a.m. out of respect for the neighbors — at Bohns Park. General admission tickets are $45 and will get you unlimited beer samples from over fifty breweries. For tickets and more information, head over to burningcan.com.
The Longmont Farmers' Market will host its first-ever Radish Festival from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont. Find out more here.
Cook Street Cooking School is offering students the chance to brush up on their French pastry skills this weekend. The school's French Patisserie: Chocolate Desserts & Candy class will teach participants the techniques behind creating a variety of pastries that are as beautiful as they are delicious, with a focus on chocolate sweets and candy treats. Class will be in session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; the course is $89 and includes a chef-prepared lunch with wine pairing. To register, visit cookstreet.com.
Get a taste of Mexico at today's Street Food Series: Mexico class at Cook Street Cooking School. Participants will learn to prepare a variety of meats for street tacos and a few seasonal rotations of other street vendor-friendly foods. The class is $89 and runs from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; tuition includes dinner and a tequila tasting. Register at cookstreet.com.
Sunday, May 31
The Colorado chapter of the national nonprofit Chefs Collaborative will host its second fundraising event, Meat Matters, today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Wurstküche, 2036 Broadway. The event will bring together chefs from some of Denver's hottest restaurants to teach and raise awareness about issues surrounding the production and consumption of meat. Represented restaurants include Lower48 Kitchen, Basta, Euclid Hall, Rioja, Stoic & Genuine, The Populist, Blackbelly Market and Old Major. There will be food, a beer auction, a DJ, craft beer provided by Prost Brewing, and more. Tickets are $40, with VIP access at $60, which will get you into an exclusive sausage-making class from Western Daughters before the rest of the fun. For tickets and more information, click here.
Help raise "kneaded" dough — and celebrate the second anniversary of Pizzeria Locale coming to Denver — at either of the two Denver Pizzeria Locale locations, on Broadway and West 32nd. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today, 50 percent of all sales will go to Conscious Alliance if you show this:
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For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings — and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to email@example.com.