June is here and with it comes summer. And summer time means rooftops, patios, grilling and festivals. Our top ten culinary events for June have all this and more, from bacon festivals to roof top parties here are the best of the best for the first official month of summer.
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10) Food: Our Global Kitchen Through September 1 History Colorado
History Colorado has teamed up with Whole Foods on Food: Our Global Kitchen, which lets you view rare culinary artifacts and peek into the dining rooms of famous figures throughout history, experiencing the intersection of food, nature, culture, health and history. The display includes a taste kitchen which features daily samplings, demonstrations of cooking methods, and hands-on activities for all ages. Food is open through September 1 at the History Colorado Center. Find out more about the exhibit here.
9) Colorado Wine Week Through June 7
Colorado Wine Week pours into Denver with a turntable keg wine party at Infinite Monkey Theorem from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 1, with music, five courses of passed food, and plenty of wine on tap. Tickets are $25 and include food and one glass of wine; a portion of the proceeds will benefit Heroes Like Us, a chef-driven non-profit that fights childhood hunger. Other highlights this week will include a wine cocktail competition at Green Russell, the Governors Cup Wine Mixer and the Colorado Urban Winefest. For more information and a complete list of events, click here.
8) Moovers and Shakers Monday, June 2 Dairy Center for the Arts
The second annual Moovers and Shakers cocktail competition will take place at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder, which it also benefits. Mixologists from Basta, Frasca, Mateo, Oak at Fourteenth, Salt and Zolo Grill will compete to make a new cocktail featuring Boulder-based Suerte Tequila. The festivities get shaking at 5:30 p.m. and include a silent auction as well as the chance to sample all the cocktails up for judging. Tickets are $55 in advance, $60 at the door; pick up yours here.
7) Het Anker Brewery Beer Dinner Monday, June 2 Lower48 Kitchen
Lower48, our Best New Restaurant in the Best of Denver 2014, invites you to join Charles LeCleaf of Het Anker Brewery, one of Belgium's oldest and most prestigious breweries, and chef Alex Figura for a four-course beer dinner starting at 6:30 p.m. June 2. The dinner is $48; call 303-942-0262.
6. Capitol Hills People's Fair June 7-8 Civic Center Park
The 43rd annual Capitol Hill People's Fair will kick off the summer festival season in Civic Center Park with a celebration of Denver's diverse urban community. Features include live music, arts, street theater, kids' attractions, a wine pavilion and food -- lots of food, including the ubiquitous turkey legs. Admission is free; you can find a complete list of events and attractions here. Keep reading for more of June's culinary events. 5) Denver International Wine Competition June 7-8 Omni Interlocken Resort
The Denver International Wine Competition is the largest double-blind wine competition in the Rocky Mountain region. Taking place at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, the event will feature over 500 different wines competing for the gold paired with cheese and charcuterie. This wine competition is also the only contest that features a post-judgment Pairsine, Chefs Fine Food & Wine Pairing Competition featuring the gold medal-winning wines. Tickets for the June 7 pre-tasting, which runs from 6 to 8:30 p.m., are $50 in advance or $65 at the door and allow the public to taste over 200 wines that the makers think are medal worthy. For tickets and additional information, click here. 4) Museum Quality Drinking Wednesdays this summer Museum of Contemporary Art Denver
The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver will host Museum Quality Drinking, Meet the Maker: A Food & Beverage Trunk Show, on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. on the MCA Denver rooftop. At the June 11 edition, guests will be able to meet the makers of Leopold Bros. and enjoy free samples. Admission to the museum itself is always free for members and just $5 after 5 p.m. for non-members. For a complete lineup of the MCA's summer art and entertainment, go to mcadenver.org.
3) Snowmass Mammoth Fest June 13-15
The Snowmass Mammoth Fest, formerly Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest, returns for its eleventh year of music, beer and chili. The three-day event will be headlined by music from Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and Leftover Salmon with bands like Les Claypool's Duo De Twang and Denver's own The Motet playing. And don't forget the real headliners: beer and chili, including a chili ompetition and food from local vendors and restaurants. Two-day passes are $85 each, VIP passes are $225 each, Saturday single-day tickets are $55 each, Sunday tickets are $45 and Friday's events are free. Three-day camping passes are $30. Purchase tickets and learn more at Snowmassmammothfest.com.
2) Keystone's Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour June 21-22
The Blue Ribbon Bacon Tour will be bringing about 3,000 pounds -- yes, you read that right -- of bacon to the mountain town. Pork dorks can rejoice in bacon everything, from bacon drinks to bacon s'mores, bacon ice cream and more. There will also be beer and Colorado's largest bacon bloody Mary bar. Bacon tastings are $4 per ticket; tasting packages range from $30 to $50 for adults and include beverages, gifts and more. If you're planning on making a weekend of the festival, you can even get a "pigs in a blanket" lodging packages here. Read more about the festival here. A portion of the proceeds go to The Friends of the Dillon Ranger District.
1) Colorado Brewers Festival June 28-29
Colorado loves its craft beer, and the Colorado Brewers Festival in Fort Collins has been documenting that for 25 years. The fun on the seven-acre festival grounds includes plenty of Colorado suds, live music, "Beer School," ziplining, rock climbing, bungee trampoline, mechanical bull riding and more. Entrance to the fest is free but you'll want to pick up a beer tasting package, which starts at $20 -- and if you buy your package now, you will be entered to win free Odell beer for a year. You can read up on all the events and activities and purchase your tickets at downtownfortcollins.com.
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