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Ten Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar May 6-8

A trinity of holidays descends on Denver this weekend. The Cinco de Mayo celebration will take over Civic Center Park, the Kentucky Derby will take over bars around town for two minutes on Saturday, and on Sunday we'll honor motherhood at big Mother's Day brunches. Check out our lists of the top spots for Derby-drinking and Mother's Day for a slew of entertainment options. But Denver has much more than big hats and big family parties on the culinary calendar; keep reading for details on ten of the tastiest events in town this weekend. 

Friday, May 6

You know summer is close when Marczyk Fine Foods brings back its Friday Burger Night. From 5 to 7:30 p.m., both locations — Colfax and 17th — will be firing up the grills and serving Niman Ranch burgers with all the fixins' for $8.99. For more information, contact your favorite Marczyk location. 

Get ready for a full weekend of festivities at TheBigWonderful's launch party. The festivities get under way with a Pre-Party from 4 to 10 p.m. today, featuring live music, food vendors, a beer garden and more. The first full day of the market tomorrow will bring shopping, drinks, live music, games and a live stream of the Kentucky Derby; on Sunday, bring mom to a Mother's Day celebration complete with champagne and bloody Mary brunch, and plenty of gift possibilities. Tickets range from $5 to $20; get yours here.  

Head to Infinite Monkey Theorem on First Friday for music, local art and wine, all for a good cause. From 5 to 10 p.m. today, the taproom will host a party to raise money for the University of Colorado Cancer Center; the featured artist is is Lena Dechamps, DJ EJAY will provide the soundtrack, and Denver 808 will have food available for purchase. For more information, contact the winery at 303-736-8376. 

The Colorado Chocolate Festival takes over the Denver Mart today and tomorrow. Chocolate fanatics can indulge in more than 80,000 samples, chocolate pairing demos, Mother's Day gift booths, chocolate-eating contests, live music and the presentation of the Chocolatier Championship Awards. Admission to the chocolate fest is $5 and tasting tickets are $10 for twelve. For hardcore choco-holics, there are also Chocolate Jury Judging Tickets for $35, and VIP tickets for $50. Get tickets and all the chocolaty details at  

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