Oktober descends on Denver this week.
Oktober descends on Denver this week.
Jim Wills

Twelve Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar September 19-23

The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing colors and the days are getting shorter, which can only mean one thing: Oktoberfest!  Fall brings a bounty of beer-drinking, as well as festivals and dinners touting local harvests. Here are the twelve tastiest events on this week's culinary calendar.

Monday, September 19 

Bistro Vendome will screen Chocolat at this month's Monday Movie Night. The evening includes a three-course prix-fixe menu; the film rolls at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45; call 303-825-3232.  

Frasca Food and Wine welcomes Christian Troy of Indie Wineries for this week's Monday Night Wine Dinner, a $50 four-course meal, with optional wine pairings ranging from $40 to $50. Call Frasca at 303-442-6966 for reservations.

Tuesday, September 20 

Today is National Punch Day, and what better place to celebrate than Punch Bowl Social? Today you can get $8 punch flights, with four tea-cup servings of Punch Bowl Social’s most popular shareable beverages. For more information, call Punch Bowl at 303-765-2695. 

Chef Paul C. Reilly and co-owner Aileen V. Reilly of Beast + Bottle are teaming up with the team at Sea to Table to host an Invasive Species Mutiny at the Bottle dinner, focusing on learning about — and eating —non-native foods. "These species are wreaking havoc on our ecosystem, and the best way to protect our delicate food system is to eat these predators,” says Paul Reilly. The dinner is $65 with optional wine pairings; make a reservation by calling 303-623-3223.

DSTILL shakes things up around town this week.
DSTILL shakes things up around town this week.
Ken Hamblin

Wednesday, September 21

DSTILL will be raising spirits around the Mile High city starting today.  The three-day celebration of American craft spirits will include distilled spirit tastings, craft cocktail events, educational workshops and meet-the-maker forums, highlighting top distillers and bartenders from across the country. The fun kicks off tonight with DSTILL Rocks at the Bluebird Theater, and culminates with The Showcase at the History Colorado Center at 7 p.m. Friday. Get tickets and more information at dstill.co

Thursday, September 22 

Euclid Hall continues its beer-dinner series leading up to the Great American Beer Festival with special guest brewery Odd 13 tonight. The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. and is $65; get your ticket here

Pasta Jay's in Lone Tree is holding a special farm-to-table wine dinner celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Robert Mondavi Winery, starting with a reception at 6 p.m. Slated for the evening's food and beverage are a five-course, locally sourced meal with wine pairings for $75. Call the restaurant at 303-799-1800 for reservations and more information. 

Keep reading for more events on Friday.

Raise a stein for oktober.
Raise a stein for oktober.
Jim Wills

Friday, September 23 

Fort Collins Brewery will be celebrating all things German at its Modern Tavern today, starting at 4 p.m. Keep your hunger at bay with Bavarian pretzels, beer-boiled brats, sauerbraten or German chocolate cake, and wash everything down with FCB's award-winning Oktoberfest beer. There will also be a costume contest, stein-holding contest and Oktoberfest trivia. The event is free; get all the details here

Longmont Oktoberfest takes over Roosevelt Park from 4 to 10 p.m. today, and tomorrow from noon to 1 p.m. The German-inspired festival will serve up German fare, beer from ten local breweries, music from twelve live bands with headliner the Wailers, and more. Tickets are $5 a day, or $90 for a two-day VIP pass; grab yours and get the full scoop here.  

Get the first peek at what Vintage at the Hanger has to offer during a special sneak-peek event from 5 to 9 p.m. this evening. For $15 you can be the first to browse though art, antiques, furniture, pop-culture items, vintage jewelry and more, while enjoying light appetizers and refreshments. Tickets to tonight's preview are $15 and can be purchased here. if you can't make this evening's event, Vintage at the Hanger will be at Wings of the Rockies Air and Space Museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Find more details here.

In its 47th year, Denver's Oktoberfest brightens up the Ballpark neighborhood with beers, brats, music, dancing, the World Championships of Stein Hoisting and more. Get a taste of Germany in Denver from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. today, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the festival is free, but you can purchase steins and VIP tickets in advance; find all the details at thedenveroktoberfest.com.

Maggie Smith's is throwing a community pig roast starting at 7 p.m. with free food; drinks will be available for purchase. Call the pub at 303-999-2010 for more information. 

Plan ahead:

DISH, Westword's 22nd annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, takes over Sculpture Park at the Performing Arts Complex from 11 to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 25. Get all the details at westworddish.com.

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to cafe@westword.com.

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