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Bread and Brews, Pies and Anti-GMO Parties on This Weekend's Culinary Calendar

Candy is dandy, but there are many more events on the culinary calendar this weekend -- from a First Friday party at Sustainability Park to a Frank Bonanno pie-making class to a rare chance to shop at Grateful Bread. Keep reading for a taste of the treats ahead. See also: Thirteen Best Places to Trick-or-Eat Tonight

Friday, October 31

The BigWonderful will turn its monthly Final Friday into an Adult Halloween party, with food, drink and a special musical event. Admission is free from 5 to 10 p.m. at Sustainability Park.

Saturday, November 1

Grateful Bread, the wonderful wholesale bakery located at 425 Violet Street in Golden, will be selling its handmade bread to the public for the final time this year. The sale, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is cash-only but credit-card orders can be placed ahead of time by calling 303-681-5406. For more information, visit

Day of the Dead is upon us and the Denver Botanic Gardens is celebrating by throwing its inaugural Dia de los Muertos Calavera Ball, Viva la Muerte, a celebration of Mexican culture, art and entertainment. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. and will feature a "live art" demonstration, artist-created altars, face painting, live performances and music as well as live and silent auctions benefiting the Gardens and Cole Arts and Science Academy. Tickets to the Calavera Ball are $60 and include food and drink; purchase your tickets here.

The Eighth Annual All Colorado Beer Festival kicks off today at Freedom Financial Services Expo Center. The only beer festival dedicated exclusively to Colorado breweries will bring seventy Colorado breweries together with over 200 different beers to sample. There will be two sessions, one starting at 1 p.m. and the other beginning at 6:30 p.m. VIP and early-entrance tickets are sold out, but you can still purchase general admission tickets for $35 here.

Frank Bonanno will be teaching a Holiday Pies with Frank Bonanno class today at Bones from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Part of the Bonanno Concepts Autumn Class Series, this culinary course will teach you how to make perfect pie crust, along with four different pie varieties with decorative toppings -- both sweet and savory. The class is $85; for reservations and more information, call 303-860-2929.

Coohills is throwing a Rodney Strong Vineyards wine dinner tonight starting at 6:30 p.m. Phil Hansing of Rodney Strong will be in-house to speak about the wines for this five-course, five-wine dinner in celebration of Coohills' third anniversary. Reservations are $90; to make yours or to find out more about this anniversary celebration, call 303-623-5700.

Sunday, November 2

Colorado Label GMO Festival: A Benefit For YESON105, will take place today at Quixote's True Blue. Doors open at 5 p.m.; there will be an open mic until 6 p.m. and then two stages of live music, poetry, speakers, painters until 12:30 a.m. Tickets are $10; for more information visit the Facebook event page.

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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