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The Eleven Best Culinary Events This Week

Unlimited bites and booze will be on hand at Out to Brunch.
Unlimited bites and booze will be on hand at Out to Brunch. Camila Guillen
If taco fests and farm dinners are your idea of a good time, then bookmark this page. We'll update it with the best food and drink events in metro Denver over the next seven days, along with tasty things to do that should be on your save-the-date list for the future.

Here are the eleven best food and drink events from June 7-14:

Wednesday, June 7
The 2023 NBA finals continue with game three as the Denver Nuggets go after their first NBA championship. Cheer on the Nuggets at McGregor Square; starting at 4 p.m., you can sip on drinks from the bars in the plaza or head into Milepost Zero for more food and beverage options. There will be a live DJ playing an hour before the game and at halftime. The event is standing room only, 21+; tickets are $30  here. There is also a watch party planned for game four on June 9.

Thursday, June 8
The Colorado Restaurant Association's summer-kickoff fundraiser, Drink Red Wear Red, returns to the Denver Museum of Nature & Science with bites from top eateries beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $55.

The Blue Bench, which works to eliminate sexual assault, is celebrating forty years with a party at Ratio Beerworks (2920 Larimer Street) from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets, $25, include either two drinks or one drink and an empanada from Pico Arepa. There will also be live music, a muralist and sweepstake prizes!

Friday, June 9, and Saturday, June 10
The Bluegrass & Brews Festival returns to downtown Loveland for a third year with live music and a new beer-tasting option on Saturday. Festival-goers can purchase a $15 punch card good for eight four-ounce taster pours from eight local breweries. The event is free to attend.

Friday, June 9, through Sunday, June 11

The 56th annual Denver Greek Festival will take place over three days at Assumption Greek Orthodox Cathedral (4610 East Alameda Avenue). Along with plenty of food options, there will be live Greek music, traditional dance entertainment, an art-filled boutique and more.

During the Denver Fringe Fest, you can taste your way through a surreal black ice cream experience. Taste the Rainbow is a pop-up event that will take place at Hope Tank (1434 East 22nd Avenue) and promises to "transport attendees into a realm of sensory exploration where taste, art, and imagination collide." Tickets are $15 and available online.

Saturday, June 10
Westword's inaugural Out to Brunch event takes place at York Street Yards from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available now; general admission is $40 and VIP is $65, which includes early entry and exclusive access to the VIP lounge.

Stoic & Genuine at Union Station is throwing a Rosé All Day Pink Patio Party from 2 to 4 p.m. to showcase more than fifteen rosés from all over the world, alongside a menu of appetizers from chef Paul Kennedy. Guests are encouraged to wear pink. Tickets, $59, are available on Tock.

It's Big Gay Beer Day at Call to Arms (4526 Tennyson Street) as the brewery continues its Pride Month celebrations. The fest benefits the Transformative Freedom Fund, and tickets are $30.

Ash'Kara and Señor Bear are hosting a summer kickoff block party dubbed Shorties, Short Shorts & Shuckers. There will be $2.50 Maine oysters when you pre-order a dozen plus, Ash'Kara will have a DJ on the patio, and neighboring Señor Bear will have live oyster shucking. The event is free, but reservations are recommended.

Wednesday, June 14
The Colorado chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier is hosting writer, editor and podcaster Dana Cowin for a happy hour chat and signing event at Side Pony (4635 West Colfax Avenue) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A copy of her zine is included in the $50 ticket.
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Civic Center EATS is back.
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Farmers' market season is in full swing, and we've got a list of every option in the metro area.

Civic Center EATS, an annual summer gathering of some of the city's best food trucks, is back for the 2023 season every Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. through September 14.
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Tacolandia returns to Civic Center Park on August 19.
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Save the Date:

June 16-17: Over fifty breweries will be on hand for the 7th Annual Vail Craft Beer Classic, which also includes live music, keg bowling and more. Tickets for Friday and Saturday sessions are on sale now.

June 17: Kick off summer at the Lake Dillon Beer Festival, with live music, food and beers from over thirty breweries, all on the shores of Lake Dillon. Tickets are $40.

June 22: American Elm is hosting a four-course paired whiskey dinner with seatings at 7 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Tickets, $125, are available online.

July 9: A Taste of Colorado returns during ¡Viva! Streets Denver from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., with food trucks, drinks, entertainment, live music and more at Civic Center Park.

July 13: More than fifty vendors will be on hand for the Taste of Arvada from 6 to 8 p.m. Buy tickets, starting at $30, at

July 15: The Y2K-themed RiNo Beer Fest is coming to 3501 Wazee Street from 3 to 7 p.m. General admission is $40, and tickets are on Eventbrite.

July 20: Tickets just went on sale for the Big Eat, which is back at the Denver Performing Arts Complex for its twelfth year of celebrating the city's independent restaurants.

August 10-13: The Vail Wine Classic returns with a variety of events over three days, including the Grand Tasting on August 11 and 12; tickets are on sale now.

August 19: Westword's Tacolandia returns to Civic Center Park for an afternoon of unlimited tacos, entertainment and more. Tickets, $35-$60, are on sale now.

August 24-26: Head to the hills for the Breckenridge Wine Classic, which includes a two-day Grand Tasting along with seminars and other special events. Get tickets online.

September 9: Lakewood Food and Wine will take place at Belmar Plaza from 1 to 5 p.m. Tasting tickets, $50, are on sale now.

Know of an event that belongs on this calendar? Send information to [email protected].
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