The Ten Best Dining and Drinking Events in Denver This Weekend

Living dead, or just the morning after a rough night in LoDo?
Living dead, or just the morning after a rough night in LoDo?

Downtown Denver will be taken over by an army of the un-dead this weekend -- but there are also more dignified ways to enjoy yourself in the days to come. Here's a taste of what's on the culinary calendar...

See also: March of the Zombies 2014

Friday, September 12

Brew at the Zoo will offer guests unlimited beer and food samples from more than forty breweries and twenty restaurants, live entertainment and after-hours access to the Denver Zoo when doors to the event open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $85 but sales ended yesterday; see if there's any hope for you here. Proceeds from Brew at the Zoo will benefit the Denver Zoo's Scholarship Fund.

Saturday, September 13

The Zombie Apocalypse is descending upon Larimer Street today. The End of the World Pub Crawl will turn Larimer between 20th and 22nd streets into a post-apocalyptic wasteland crawling with the undead hordes -- while participating bars will serve as safe zones. Make it to all five bars in the allotted time without losing the flags that represent your life, and you might win a prize. The crawling starts at 1 p.m. (registration opens at 11 a.m.) at the Armoury and the crawl will run through 5 p.m. Tickets are $35 to $50 and include a T-shirt, sunglasses, a beer coozie and two drink tickets. To register and get more information visit endoftheworldpubcrawl.com.

Slow Food Denver is holding a farm tour and lunch at 63rd Street Farm in Boulder today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets are $30 for Slow Food Members and $35 for non-members; get yours here.

The 2014 Denver Chili Fest is sure to be one of the hottest events of the weekend.This festival celebrates the green chile harvest and will feature live music, recipe competitions and plenty of spicy food. There will even be four firefighters from the Colorado Firefighter Calendar to put out any food-related fires. The chili experience benefits the Food Bank of the Rockies and admission is $5 or a donation of three cans of food. To heat up your weekend, head to Lulu's Farm at 14831 Brighton Road in Brighton between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. today. For more information, visit denverchilifest.com.

Brews and Bites will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Governor's Residence at Boettcher Mansion. This event, benefiting the Governor's Residence Preservation Fund, will feature over twenty beer and food pairings by some of Denver's top chefs along with live music and mansion tours. Tickets are $100 for general admission and $250 for VIP; get yours here.

Presented by Oskar Blues Brewing and marking the one-year anniversary of the devastating floods that extensively damaged the Front Range, Viva Lyons is a celebration saluting the resilience and rebuilding efforts of hard-hit towns like Lyons. The festival will welcome Governor John Hickenlooper and feature live music from the Infamous Stringdusters, food and beer. Viva Lyons will run from 5 to 10 p.m. today at Bohn Park in Lyons; admission is free. For more information, visit oskarbkues.com.

Punch Bowl Social is throwing one last summer bash tonight with a parking-lot pep rally. Unleash your inner college student with ping pong, corn hole, cold beer, live music and hot food, all in the parking lot of Punch Bowl.

Adelitas is celebrating Mexican Independence day early with a free educational tequila tasting on the El Guapo patio between noon and 4 p.m. today. Arta, Blue Nectar, Fortaleza, Tequila Ocho, Demetrio, Don Julio, Agave Underground, Penasco, Pier de Almas, Alipus and even more tequilas will be joining Adelitas for the event, which is the kick off for four days of fun.

Denver Beer Co. is hosting a Harvest Party today from 2 to 6 p.m.at Denver Beer Co Canworks, their new production facility. The party will feature $30 All you can drink plus pig roast, brewery tours, live music, pumpkin chucking and more. Get your tickets here.

Sunday, September 14

The Slaughter, a meat-centric beer-pairing dinner, will return to TRVE Brewing today as chefs Jon and Jamey from Bad Apple prepare an amuse bouche and three dishes that will be paired with three TRVE beers. There are two seatings, one at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 8:30. Tickets are $50 and available at trve.cc/slaughter.

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 cafe@westword.com.



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