There's a cornucopia of culinary events this weekend -- from farm celebrations both urban and rural to beer olympics, wine festivals, a toga party and more.
Here's a taste of what's on the menu:
Saturday, September 15:
Vine Street Pub's Uptown Block Party and Brewers Olympics takes place today outside the brewery at 1700 Vine Street. The seven-hour event will pit notables like Wynkoop, Breckenridge, Odell and Great Divide against one another in a series of beer-themed (and -fueled) games. Twelve brewers will be competing -- and donating 35 varieties of beer -- to help raise funds for New Era Colorado. There will also be a performance by String Cheese Incident's Keith Moseley. The shindig starts at 1 p.m. and admission is free, with pints going for $5. Visit the website for more information.
The 21st annual Colorado Mountain Winefest pours into Riverbend Park, 451 Pendleton Street in Palisade, today from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival features wines from fifty Colorado wineries, live music, chef demonstrations, interactive seminars, a Grape Stomp and ice-carving. Tickets are $43 and can be purchased here.Saturday, September 15 (continued):
Isabelle Farms, 10029 Isabelle Road in Lafayette, is hosting a family-friendly open house today from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Festivities include tours, hay rides, zucchini races, face painting and live entertainment. Big Red F will also be catering the event; click here for ticket information.
Farm Day at Isabelle will also feature an intimate five-course dinner courtesy of Jax Fish House from 6 to 9 p.m. The menu will be prepared by Jax chefs Dave Query, Kevin Grossi, Sheila Lucero and Amos Watts. Tickets -- which include wine pairings from Jack Rabbit Hill Vineyards -- cost $125 and all proceeds benefit the Growe Foundation; click here for more information and to view the menu.Saturday, September 15 (continued):
UrbiCulture Community Farms presents its second annual Tour de Harvest -- a "progressive dinner party" and urban farm tour -- today at 4201 Umatilla Street. Tickets cost $35 and include guided walking and bike tours of the multi-plot farm, small plates crafted by local chefs at each of the nine gardens, live music and refreshments. Visit the website for more details, a lineup of chefs and to purchase tickets (which are close to sold out).
But if you miss the tour, stick around for the Harvest Festival at 6 p.m.; UrbiCulture is hosting a free neighborhood street party with live music from The Hayward Strangers & Dalton Kieta, beer and wine ($2 donation), a raffle and a kids' activity section. BBQ will be provided, but potluck items are encouraged. For more information on UbriCulture's efforts to provide local and sustainable food to people of all income levels, visit www.urbiculturecommunityfarms.org.Saturday, September 15 (continued):
Crimson Canary, 141 South Broadway, is hosting Bacchus Raucous: an all-you-can eat and drink toga party beginning at noon today featuring Roman-inspired cuisine, gladiator events and live music. Tickets are $60 and can be purchased at the door; call 303-284-9026 for more information.
Sombra Mezcal founder Richard Betts joins the crew at Boulder Wine Merchant, 2690 Broadway Street, for a free in-store tasting from noon to 3 p.m. today. There will be food from Comida and tunes from DJ Zach Johnson; call the store at 303-443-6761 for details.
The Downtown Aquarium presents "Napa versus Sonoma," a wine tasting with appetizers, local beer and live music from the Andy Hackbarth Band. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.; visit the website for more information and to purchase tickets -- which cost $35 in advance and $45 at the door.Sunday, September 16:
The 2012 Panerathon starts at 8 a.m. today. The 5K/10K course begins at Panera Bread, 10450 Town Center Drive in Broomfield, with fresh bagels, pastries and sandwiches, and there will be fun for the whole family at the finish line. All proceeds benefit Food Bank of the Rockies. Call 303-438-9700 for more information.
Denver's first Pop Up Picnic concept -- sponsored by Grow Local Colorado, Slow Food Denver and Healthy Realities -- invites you to have a picnic anywhere in town between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. today. There's no designated spot for your picnic -- throw down your blanket, unpack your basket and invite anyone you like to join you. And then send a video of your feast to firstname.lastname@example.org. The videos will be edited into a short documentary that Dana Miller, from Grow Local Colorado, will show at this year's Slow Food Convention. For more information, visit the Facebook 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@example.com.
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