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Beer, bacon, wine and a farewell to Monkey Town on the culinary calendar this weekend

It's time to say farewell to Monkey Town, which has been providing plenty of food for thought over the last few months. But as a consolation prize, the weekend is full of food-focused fun, including the new Food exhibit at History Colorado, Burning Can and the start of Colorado Wine Week. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar. See also: People magazine names the french fries at Jonesy's one of the top fifteen french fries in America

Friday, May 30

Enjoy free ice cream this evening at City Park! The annual City Park Ice Cream Social will take place at the City Park Pavilion and Band Shell from 6 to 9 p.m. tonight. Ice cream will be served at 6 p.m., followed by live music, face painting and a show of vintage costumes. Random prizes will be provided to those who dress in historic outfits. Learn more here.

The Denver Fashion Truck is celebrating its one-year anniversary at Infinite Monkey Theorem from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight. The free event is open to guests of all ages and will include a fashion show, live music, live painting and plenty of food and ice cream. Find out more and follow the fashion on Facebook here.

Saturday, May 31

History Colorado is teaming up with Whole Foods to open a new exhibit to the public.Food: Our Global Kitchen opens today and provides an opportunity for the community to view rare artifacts and peek into the dining rooms of famous figures throughout history, so viewers can experience the intersection of food, nature, culture, health and history. There will also be a taste kitchen which will feature daily samplings, demonstrations of cooking methods, and hands-on activities for all ages. The exhibit will be open today through September 1 at the History Colorado Center. Find out more about the exhibit here.

Burning Can Beer Fest will light up Lyons today, alongside the Lyons Outdoor Games. The can-centric festival will feature over fifty breweries and 150 beers, live music, food and a BMX/mountain bike dirt jump competition. The outdoor festivities will be at Bohn Park; tickets are $30, or $45 for VIP access, which gets you in an hour early. Proceeds will benefit the Town of Lyons Parks and Recreation Department and the Colorado Brewers Guild. For more information you can visit

The Le Jardin Secret chef's market will kick off its summer run at the Bistro Vendôme Courtyard today from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (or until the food sells out). This French-inspired chefs' market will feature foods from vendors like Grateful Bread Company, Western Daughters Butcher Shoppe, the Truffle Cheese Shop and Sugarmill, all with a mimosa in hand. Click here for more info.

The Kinfolks Soul Food Festival will fill Civic Center Park starting at 2 p.m. today, with music from Bootsy Collins, Cameo and more, as well as food from local soul-food vendors. Tickets are $32; buy them here.

Clothes to Kids of Denver invites you to Twist and Snout, a pork-tastic event from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Exdo Event Center featuring live music, gourmet food, drinks and live and silent auctions for $85 per person or $60 for young professionals (30 and younger). All proceeds benefit Clothes to Kids of Denver. To find out more or to buy your tickets click here.

Sunday, June 1

Colorado Wine Week pours into Denver today with a turntable keg wine party at Infinite Monkey Theorem from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be music, five courses of passed food, and plenty of wine on tap. Tickets are $25 and include food and one glass of wine. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Heroes Like Us, a chef-driven non-profit that fights childhood hunger. For more information and a complete list of events for the week, click here.

This is the final weekend for Monkey Town 4, a pop-up dinner experience that has been monkeying around in Denver for several months. The last dinner date will be Sunday, June 1, and reservations are sold out for the remainder of the dining installation's stay at the Exdo Hall -- but Monkey Town did release sixty "picnic" floor seats to the final dinner for $10 a piece. Tickets include plenty of sangria and edibles as well as access to a "bonus" screening. You can buy tickets here, if there are any left.

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 [email protected].

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