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Where to Find Father's Day Food Festivals, Feasts and Fabulous Fare

It's hard to turn down Smok's brisket sandwich, whether you're a dad or not.
It's hard to turn down Smok's brisket sandwich, whether you're a dad or not. Courtesy Smok
No matter what kind of dad you have — or are — there's something tasty for you around town this Father's Day, June 16. From free booze and food to open flames and (mostly) naked competition, you can treat your pops to a range of experiences, even if you don't live close enough to see him in person. Here are ten of the best Father's Day food and drink happenings this weekend:
 
click to enlarge Enjoy a Bloody Mary on the house while your kid stays busy on Acova's outdoor playground. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Enjoy a Bloody Mary on the house while your kid stays busy on Acova's outdoor playground.
Linnea Covington

Acova

3651 Navajo Street
303-736-2718
acovarestaurant.com

Acova knows what parents want: good drinks and a kids' menu capable of satisfying little ones who haven't yet mastered the art of ordering at a restaurant (to be fair, we know some grownups who could take lessons). And Acova's Father's Day brunch provides just that: Dads get a free Bloody Mary with the purchase of an entree, so they can mix it up at the Bloody Mary bar, which includes pepperoncinis, cocktail onions, olives, local hot sauces, pickles and a wealth of spices. Meanwhile, indecisive yet simultaneously opinionated toddlers can order "I don't know," "Whatever" or "Nothing" (also known as chicken fingers, PB&J or grilled cheese) off the children's menu, then enjoy the patio playground while they wait for their "I don't care" (spaghetti) to show up. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is sure to leave everyone in the family happy.

The Baldpate Inn

4900 South Highway 7, Estes Park
970-586-6151
baldpateinn.com

This 102-year-old inn perched on Twin Sisters Peak East overlooks the surrounding scenery from 9,000 feet, and it's old-school. So old-school, in fact, that it offers just one option for dinner: a soup and salad buffet with two housemade soups, freshly baked bread, and pie for dessert. But the views — inside and out — are spectacular, with soaring peaks and hummingbirds hovering outside the dining room's wide windows and the world's largest key collection hanging from the ceiling. And in keeping with its vibe, the Baldpate is offering special pricing to grandfathers on Father's Day; if you're lucky enough to be able to treat your grandpa to a meal (the dining room is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.), he'll pay the child's buffet price of just $7.75. Reservations are recommended; call the Inn to make yours.

click to enlarge Padres get a free shot courtesy of Comida this Father's Day. - COURTESY COMIDA
Padres get a free shot courtesy of Comida this Father's Day.
Courtesy Comida

Comida

2501 Dallas Street, Aurora
303-484-1632
eatcomida.com

Not all dads want to spend the day at a sausage fest. Some are looking forward to some T&A: tacos and Altos Plata tequila, both of which can be found at Comida on Father's Day. In fact, dads can show up any time on Sunday between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. and get a free shot of tequila (or a Modelo Especial, if you're not up for the hard stuff) on the taqueria's patio while enjoying sweeping views of the mountains and digging in to the tacos, tortas and tipples on the menu.

click to enlarge The Denver BBQ Festival will be way more impressive than Miles cooking up some weenies. - MARK ANTONATION
The Denver BBQ Festival will be way more impressive than Miles cooking up some weenies.
Mark Antonation

Denver BBQ Festival

Broncos Stadium, 1701 Bryant Street
denverbbqfest.com

Father's Day weekend is also the weekend of dueling barbecue fests: the Denver BBQ Festival is back for its second year at Broncos Stadium and the Colorado BBQ Challenge is setting up its smokers in Frisco for the 26th year. But the Denver fest has a major advantage over Frisco as far as Father's Day is concerned: It runs Friday through Sunday, whereas the mountain pit masters will be packing up on Saturday. So if your dad's a stickler for accuracy and you're seeing him on the day itself, get over to the stadium between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., where you can enjoy plentiful parking and piles of pork (and brisket, lamb, chicken, sausage and ribs). Entry is free, and you can pay for your eats and drinks as you go, or go whole hog and impress dad with a VIP Pit Pass ($85) that includes free drinks, a private lounge, unlimited ’cue and the chance to chat with pit masters from Tennessee, Missouri, Colorado, Mississippi, Texas and New York City (New York City???).


click to enlarge Don't have five kids? No worries; you can still get five ounces of whiskey thanks to Hearth & Dram's whiskey flight. - COURTESY HEARTH & DRAM
Don't have five kids? No worries; you can still get five ounces of whiskey thanks to Hearth & Dram's whiskey flight.
Courtesy Hearth & Dram

Hearth & Dram

1801 Wewatta Street
303-623-0979
hearthanddram.com

Fathers who have sown their seed far and wide will want to show up at this Union Station eatery on Sunday with all their offspring in tow — because for each kid you bring in, you'll get an ounce of whiskey on the house. Two kids means two ounces of glorious amber liquid that will make the clatter of silverware flung onto the restaurant floor by restless children seem like the distant tinkling of a pleasant wind chime. Five kids? Better have Mom (or the Lyft driver) on hand — a) to make sure your offspring don't crawl into the wood-fired oven, and b) to provide the ride home. Just make sure you return the favor next Mother's Day (unless it's the Lyft driver you're relying on; that could be awkward). While the hotel restaurant opens at an eye-watering 6:30 a.m., most families will probably roll in closer to the lunch or dinner hour.
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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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