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Twenty Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar for September 23-25

DISH, Westword's annual celebration of the Denver dining scene, will be dishing up food and fun in Sculpture Park on Sunday. But there are plenty of other events around town where you can whet your appetite for the main course, from Oktoberfest parties to the big DSTILL showcase. Keep reading for all the delicious details.

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 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.  

See 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. 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 beer, 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. Sunday. Admission to the festival is free, but you can purchase steins and VIP tickets in advance; find all the details at

DSTILL, a celebration of American craft spirits, will hold its signature tasting event, The Showcase, from 7 to 10 p.m. at the History Colorado Center today. For $50, you can sample spirits from some of America‚Äôs top artisan distillers and sip handcrafted cocktails mixed up by the Colorado Bartenders Guild. Grab tickets and learn more here.

Feral Mountain Co. is holding a Friday Night Porch Jam and Potluck from 5 to 8 p.m. this evening. There will be live music, dancing, grilling, giveaways and more. Bring a side dish or snack to share, and you'll get 20 percent off one full-price item from the store. Feral Mountain will be providing the grillables; learn more at

Keep reading for more events on this weekend's culinary calendar.