A weekend stuffed with culinary events

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The work week was cut in half by the holiday, which somehow made it feel longer. Fortunately, there will be plenty of fun to chew on over the coming weekend. Friday, July 6:

It's First Friday, which means Denver's gourmet food trucks will be out in force. To find out which trucks will be stopping where, keep an eye on Cafe Society's Truck Tracker on the right side of this page.

Saturday, July 7:

The 22nd annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival gets under way today between Second and Third avenues in Cherry Creek North. In addition to local art displays, the two-day celebration features plenty of culinary treats, a beer garden at 8 p.m. and live cooking demonstrations by the International Culinary School at the Art Institute of Colorado. For more information -- including parking tips -- visit the fest's website.

The Colorado Tomato Battle goes down today at Dick's Sporting Goods Park, 6000 Victory Way in Commerce City. The battle begins at noon with music and booze, followed by a costume contest and a massive (50,000 pounds of overripe tomatoes) food fight at 4 p.m. The cost of enlistment is $50; go to the website for details.

VegFest Colorado begins today at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West Sixth Avenue in Golden. The two-day event celebrates the culture of vegetarianism with food, music, movie screenings, speakers and cooking demonstrations. Go to the Vegetarian Society of Colorado's website for details.

Sunday, July 8:

The inaugural Trek to Table -- a nine-mile hike on Arrowhead and Beaver Creek mountains led by hiking guides -- takes place today. The hike includes stops at four cabin restaurants that are all part of Vail Resorts; each one will be offering up a special menu for the Trek. Tickets are $200 per person and benefit the Vail Valley Foundation. Go to the website for registration information.

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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