A Harvest of Markets, Meals and Parties: The Fifteen Best Events on the Culinary Calendar

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Harvest season has filled the culinary calendar with festivals, markets and special dinners. Keep reading for the tasty details, then take your pick!

Friday, October 9 

Kneaders Bakery & Cafe is opening a string of fast-casual restaurants across Colorado this month, and at 7 a.m. today the chain will open a location at 1105 Sergeant Jon Stiles Drive in Highlands Ranch. To celebrate the grand opening, the first 100 guests in line will receive a free order of Kneaders’ French toast — and that deal will repeat when a Kneaders opens in Castle Rock on October 16, and Englewood on October 23. Learn more about Kneaders at kneaders.com

EatDenver's Harvest Week wraps up a great series with Footloose & Farm Fresh: The '70s Edition, from 7 to 9 p.m. tonight at the GrowHaus. The menu will feature traditional luau dishes and cocktails, and there's live entertainment after the party. Participating restaurants include Rackhouse Pub, Appaloosa Grill, Masterpiece Deli, Inga's Alpine Lounge, Lucky Pie , Glazed & Confused and The Corner Office. Tickets are $50; for more details, go to harvestweek.com.

Range will host Hill Family Vineyards for a special wine dinner at 7 p.m. tonight, after a reception at 6:30 p.m. Ryan Hill, of Hill Family Vineyards in Napa Valley, will present five of his family's award-winning wines, and chef Paul Nagan will whip up food pairings. Tickets are $125; make reservations here

To introduce Coloradans to Hershey’s Brookside #talkaboutdelicious campaign, Hershey's Brookside is hosting a free dining-in-the-dark tasting experience at the Town Center Aurora at 14200 East Alameda Avenue from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and tomorrow. Stop by, and you can sample three varieties of the new Brooksides snack bars.
Saturday, October 10 

St. Dominic's Oktoberfest will bring beer, food and music to the Highlands, from noon to 9 p.m. today. The beer festival will be in the parking lot at St. Dominic's Parish, where five breweries will be pouring beer (you can get a glass and four pours for $20); there will also be vendors, live music and hot food. Learn more and purchase your glass here.

The Boulder County Farmers' Market and Union Station are hosting a Harvest Market at Union Station, where ten Colorado farms will offer local produce; there will also be food from Mercantile Dining & Provision, Stoic & Genuine and Snooze. The Harvest Market runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today; for more information visit unionstationindenver.com.

From noon to 6 p.m. today you can take part in New Image Brewing's first Brews and Bluegrass event at City Hall, with a lineup of bluegrass bands, food trucks, New Image beers, and more. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door, and include three beers; additional drinks are available at the cash bar. All proceeds will benefit Project Helping, a non-profit organization working to create joy in the lives of people living with depression. For tickets and more information, head to eventbrite.com.

The last Jefferson Park Farm & Flea of the season runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today on 25th Avenue between Federal Boulevard and Eliot Street. There will be sixty-plus local vendors offering art, antiques, specialty food and farm produce, as well as goats and chickens, urban homesteading education and activities, face painting, live music from the Cody Sisters and more. Admission is free. Find out more at horseshoemarket.com.

Stem Ciders is throwing a Fall Harvest Party from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. today. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the party will be a free, family-friendly affair with pumpkin painting, doughnuts, a pig roast, apple pie contest, arts and crafts, games and more. At 4 p.m. the fun becomes more adult, with a $10 cover and live music. For more information, check out stemciders.com

The Arvada Community Food Bank’s Top Hats and Ball Caps fundraiser will return from 6 to 11 p.m. tonight at the Lamar Street Event Center, 5889 Lamar Street in Arvada. Tickets are $95 at the door; find out more here.

Sunday, October 11 

Run to brunch at this year's bRUNch Run at Stapleton Central Park. Runners can choose between a 5K and 10K course and will be treated to all-you-can-eat brunch food and drinks once they cross the finish line. Ticket prices vary by race length and age; get all the details at brunchrunning.com.  

Sambhavna Gala, a fundraising dinner and silent auction to support MSU Denver’s Integrative Health students on their journey to the Sambhavna Clinic in Bhopal, India, will be at the Posner Center from 5 to 9 p.m. today. The event will help send students to India for a service-learning project in the community affected by the 1984 Union Carbide Disaster. Tickets are $25; get them here

Cook Street School of Culinary Art's brunch series continues with a class devoted to Bubbles and Benedicts from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuition is $75; you can register for the course and learn more at cookstreet.com.  

The Denver Bridal Festival's Wedding Expo walks down the aisle at EXDO Event Center from 11 a. m. to 3 p.m. today. Brides-to-be (and grooms-to-be, too) can find everything they need for the perfect wedding under one roof. There will be photographers, caterers, bakers, musicians, DJs and much more. Tickets are $10 in advance; get them here. 

Want a quick trip out of the city? Devil's Thumb Ranch is hosting Oktoberfest at Broad Axe Barn from 1 to 5 p.m. today. Tickets are $25 for the beer tasting, $50 for VIP with an all-you-can-eat dinner. Find out more — including details on overnight packages — at devilsthumbranch.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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