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Brews, Blues and BBQ: Ten Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

This weekend you can get a bank to front your bill in Cherry Creek, celebrate Great Divide's big birthday, or enjoy Brews, Blues & BBQs at the Tavern Downtown. And that's just a taste of what's on the culinary calendar this weekend. Keep reading for more...

Friday, June 12

Linger, Root Down and Ophelia's, all Justin Cucci restaurants, will be participating National Drink Chenin Day by offering drink specials all day, and through the weekend. Linger will offer an opportunity to taste two new-world Chenin Blanc producers side-by-side in a mini-tasting flight; both wines are usually only available in bottles. Root Down will offer a by-the-glass feature of Chateau de Montfort Vouvray, also typically only available by the bottle. Ophelia's will run a by-the-glass feature of Pinon Petillant.  

Fado Irish Pub is launching The Whiskey Room with a three-hour, over-the-top whiskey-tasting event from 6 to 9 p.m. today. The grand opening party will feature ten whiskey ambassadors showcasing over thirty varieties of whiskey, accompanied by light bites and a welcoming Crabbie’s Cocktail. Tickets for the events are $50 per person; you can grab yours and learn all about the new Whiskey Room here

Dig into Fort Collins this weekend at Taste of Fort Collins. The annual food-fest will run all weekend long at Civic Center Park in Fort Collins and will feature a substantial music lineup, plenty of craft beer, tons of food, and fun for the whole family. Tickets for the event are $5 before 3 p.m. and $10 after. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, visit   

Saturday, June 13 

If you've ever wanted to grab a bite to eat or go on a little shopping spree in Cherry Creek North, you'll be rewarded for that impulse today. To celebrate Indie-Pendence Day, Alpine Bank will give twenty bucks — cash — to the first 1,000 customers over the age of 18 who show them a proof of purchase for over $20 from businesses like Harman's Eat & Drink, Cucina Colore, Bad Daddy’s, Syrup, The North Face, and many more between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.  

Great Divide Brewing is finally old enough to drink its own product! Celebrate the brewery's 21st birthday at a shindig with lots of beer, live music and food from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the brewery's future home. Tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door, and will get you access to live music, unlimited tastings of the entire lineup of Great Divide beer (including special releases), a commemorative stainless steel pint, and one food ticket. You can get tickets and find more information at 

Cherokee Ranch and Castle is throwing one of the most extravagant parties of the year today. The Waterloo Masquerade Gala will feature an innovative dinner whipped up by The Inventing Room, a live auction, live music featuring strolling violinists, dancing, games and more. The party will run from 5 to 10 p.m., and is a Cherokee Ranch & Castle Foundation fundraiser. Tickets are $150 each; purchase yours and learn more here.  

Larimer Square is hosting an evening of food and drinks under the stars. For Dining Al Fresco, many of Larimer Streets restaurants will be extending their patios into the street from 5:30 to 11 p.m. today. There will be happy-hour festivities, specials, live music and more.  Reservations are available through participating restaurants, which include Bistro Vendome, Rioja, Ocean Prime, TAG, Tamayo and many more. For more information, visit

The Tavern Downtown is hosting Brews Blues, & BBQs today from 1 to 5 p.m. The big bash will feature live music, a craft-beer competition and a celebrity chef grill-off. Tickets are $25 and include food, a refillable commemorative beer cup, and a token to vote for your favorite beer of the afternoon. Proceeds from this event will benefit Out of Sight and Anchor Center for Blind Children. For all the juicy details, click here

Sunday, June 14 

Get a Taste of Puerto Rico today at Civic Center Park from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The taste will feature music by the brother of the the late salsa legend Frankie Ruiz, Viti Ruiz, and many more. There will also be plenty of traditional Puerto Rican food, over 100 vendors, and more. Admission to the event is free; for more information, visit

The BSide  will be getting down with a Bluegrass Brunch featuring SilverPlume today, and the patio will be jamming from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For reservations and more information, call the restaurant at 303-474-4960. 

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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