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The Seven Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

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click to enlarge Neglect your duties at History Colorado Center's Historic Style Brewfest on July 20. - JONATHAN SHIKES
Neglect your duties at History Colorado Center's Historic Style Brewfest on July 20.
Jonathan Shikes
Saturday, July 20
If you think the Colorado beer scene was born when Boulder Beer started pouring in 1979, there's still time to straighten yourself out at Beer Here! Brewing the New West exhibit, which runs through August 9 at History Colorado Center, 1200 Broadway. The show explores Colorado's brewing history, addressing how and where mining towns (and therefore saloons) sprung up during the Gold Rush, why Colorado went dry four years before Prohibition was enacted nationally, and how Coors has influenced the state's economy and culture. Artifacts including a Prohibition-era bottle breaker (travesty!), historical brewing equipment and the country's first aluminum beer cans are also on display. But if you're more of a kinesthetic learner, don't miss the Historic Styles Brewfest on Saturday, July 20. More than twenty local breweries — both old- and new-school — will be on hand to "educate" you by re-creating historic recipes and long-gone craft-beer favorites. General admission tickets, $35, are still available on the museum's website, where you'll also find more information about the exhibit.

click to enlarge The cows are safe at VegFest, July 27 and 28. - JAKE SHANE
The cows are safe at VegFest, July 27 and 28.
Jake Shane
Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28
If you're vegan, you won't be limited to salad this weekend — at least not if you attend VegFest Colorado, which is putting on its annual two-day affair at Broomfield's 1STBANK Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane, on Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28. Nearly 150 food, home and clothing vendors will be there, as well as lectures by authors, medical doctors, chefs and even an appearance by Patrik Baboumian, who held the title of "Strongest Man in Germany" in 2011, the same year he went vegan (so not the guy you want to be around when you wear your "Meat is murder — tasty, tasty murder" T-shirt). The expo runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, and tickets are available on the VegFest website for $10 (they're $12 at the door).

click to enlarge All sorts of open-air cooking techniques will be on display at Heritage Fire at Acreage. - HERITAGE FIRE BY COCHON555
All sorts of open-air cooking techniques will be on display at Heritage Fire at Acreage.
Heritage Fire by Cochon555
Sunday, August 11
If you missed June's Heritage Fire event in Snowmass, you've got a mulligan, because on Sunday, August 11, the organizer, Cochon555, is hosting an encore presentation at Stem Ciders' Acreage, 1380 Horizon Drive in Lafayette. Whether it was the timing of the event or the your inability to get mountain lodging during Aspen Food & Wine that derailed your desire to feast on whole beasts roasted over open flame, you've got a second chance to enjoy expansive views and delicious food, wine and craft beer from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets ($150 to $200) are on sale now on Cochon's website, where the participating chefs should be posted soon. What we're hoping to see (in addition to the smoke that definitely signals fire)? Some of Colorado's skillful female chefs rounding out the all-male lineup that was our only complaint about the June event.

click to enlarge Saints & Sinners car show at Tacolandia 2018. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Saints & Sinners car show at Tacolandia 2018.
Danielle Lirette
Saturday, August 17
Tacolandia returns to Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, for a fourth year on Saturday, August 17, from 4 to 7 p.m., celebrating food, art, music and culture. Join us in honoring that great Mexican invention, the taco, in its many forms as presented by the city's top cantinas, taquerias and food trucks, including Adelitas Cocina y Cantina, Antojitos La Poblanita, Carniceria Aaliyah, Kachina Cantina, Los Chingones, Lucha Cantina, Mariscos El Rey 2, Los Mesones, Taco Block, Torta Grill, Yareth's, El Coco Pirata and more. Tickets, $25 for general admission or $55 for VIP, are now on sale at westwordtacolandia.com.


click to enlarge Start planning for an epic Sunday funday on August 25. - EMERYMEDIAHOUSE
Start planning for an epic Sunday funday on August 25.
EmeryMediaHouse
Sunday, August 25
Over 200 restaurants opened in Denver last year — and it seems all of them started serving brunch within a few months of opening their doors. For brunchophiles trying to work their way through all the restaurants in town serving the meal, that's a tall order. But on Sunday, August 25, you can make a significant dent in your to-brunch list at BrunchFest 2019. The McNichols Building, 144 West Colfax Avenue, is the site of the boozy shenanigans, with over twenty restaurants serving brunch dishes, plus unlimited Bloodys and mimosas, from noon to 3 p.m. Tickets run $59 to $109, and you can pick them up, as well as see participating restaurants, on the event website.

click to enlarge A tidy party plate from the Den Rooftop Party. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
A tidy party plate from the Den Rooftop Party.
Danielle Lirette
Tuesday, August 27, and Wednesday, August 28
Den Corner knows how to throw a party, and its annual rooftop party and fundraiser only gets better with age. What started out in 2016 with a handful of chefs flown in from Japan has morphed into even more festivities, with twenty Japanese chefs hopping the pond to raise funds for Colorado's We Don't Waste and southern Japan's Kumamoto Castle Earthquake Relief Fund. This year, local chefs Carrie Baird, Ian Wortham, Caroline Glover, Dana Rodriguez, Elise Wiggins, Alex Seidel, Paul Reilly, Alon Shaya and more will join the shindig on August 27 and 28; beer, wine, cocktails and sake will be flowing, while ramen, hand rolls and Japanese street food will be plentiful. Tickets for the party, which runs from 7 to 10 p.m. both nights on the roof of the Den Corner parking garage at East Florida Avenue and Pearl Street, are $90 (includes three drink tickets), $110 (includes five drink tickets), or $135 (VIP early admission at 5 p.m., plus five drink tickets), and can be purchased on Sushi Den's website, along with a complete list of participating chefs and menu details. As with everything manned by Toshi and Yasu Kizaki, the party generally sells out, so don't delay in guaranteeing your entry.

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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos that come covered in squiggles of crema, and she will stab you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.
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