A Taste of Colorado and soul food on the culinary calendar this week

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The thirtieth annual A Taste of Colorado runs from Friday, August 23 through Labor Day. The four-day, free festival features food (well, you have to pay for that), music, and more. Festivities will be held at Civic Center Park and will showcase eats from over fifty local restaurants; visit the website for the full list of participants.

Keep reading for a taste of what else is on the culinary calendar this week.

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Monday, August 26:

Every Monday, Urbiculture invites yoga instructor Lesia Wasylkevych to lead a yoga class at Gabrielle's Garden, 832 Kalamath Street, from 6 to 7 p.m. There's a suggested donation of $5; RSVP to maya@urbiculturecommunityfarms.org.

Tuesday, August 27:

Ace, 501 East 17th Avenue, hosts a table-tennis tournament from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday. All matches are singles, and the event is limited to sixteen participants; registration begins at 6 p.m. Prizes (gift certificates, T-shirts and more) for the winners vary each week; call Ace at 303-800-7705 for more details.

Denver attorney, author and politico Adrian Miller will be signing copies of his new book, Soul Food: The Surprising Story of an American Cuisine, One Plate at a Time ($30, University of North Carolina Press), at 7:30 p.m. at the Tattered Cover Book Store, 2526 East Colfax Avenue; call 303-322-7727 for more information.

Civic Center Eats rolls on at Civic Center Park. The food-truck fest lands at the park at lunchtime on Tuesdays and Thursdays through September 26 (with the exception of August 29 and September 3). The movable feast, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., features live music in addition to food and other vendors; check the website for the full schedule of both trucks and entertainment.

Wednesday, August 28:Table 6 and Beast + Bottle are teaming up for "Here and There." For $75 guests will enjoy two courses at Table 6, then will be driven to Beast + Bottle for third and fourth course. Tickets include wine pairings and transportation; call 303-831-8800 for reservations.

The Next Culinary Voice: Chef's Challenge goes down tonight from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Mile High Station, 2027 Old West Colfax Avenue. Mark DeNittis of the Rocky Mountain Institute of Meat, Jenna Johansen of Epicurean Catering, Matt Selby of Corner House and Elise Wiggins of Panzano will serve as judges for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation fundraiser. Purchase tickets, $75 (or $125 VIP), at cff.org/chapters/colorado. And while the signature-dish awards will be determined by the judges, the audience is invited to vote for the best desserts.

Thursday, August 29:

The "Simon Says" Summer Grilling Series continues at EDGE Restaurant, 1111 14th Street. Every Thursday through September, Chef Simon Purvis hosts an instructional grill-out for $40 per person. The class also includes a cocktail, draft beer or glass of wine, and a spice rub to take home. Tonight's presentation will focus on Palisade peaches and ice cream. Call the restaurant at 303-389-3343 to reserve a seat.

Denver Botanic Gardens is hosting Boots, Bulls & Blossoms this evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for non-members and include three drink tickets. There will be local breweries slinging suds, Colorado-themed appetizers and tunes from award-winning fiddle player Katie Glassman. Visit the website for more details.

Friday, August 31:

The Eagle Wild Mushroom & Wine Weekend begins today and runs through Sunday at the Brush Creek Pavilion and Park in downtown Eagle; a three-day pass costs $160, and single-event tickets are also available. Visit the website to purchase yours and check out the event schedule.

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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