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Five Favorite Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Get your Ethiopian coffee at this weekend's R Bazaar.
Get your Ethiopian coffee at this weekend's R Bazaar. www.projectharar.org
This weekend has an international flair to it, with fairs and fare from across the world making up the bulk of our  upcoming events. But don't worry, we've got the lowdown on some local love as well. Without further ado, here are our five favorite events on the culinary calendar from Friday, October 20, through Sunday, October 22.


Friday, October 20

If heaping platefuls of international food and toe-tapping world music by the Tito Malaga Band sound like your kind of Friday night, check out Colorful Colorado: A Celebration of Diversity on Friday, October 20. This fundraiser for the Spring Institute for Intercultural Learning takes place at the Institute's offices, 1373 Grant Street, from 6 to 9 p.m. and will also include the presentation of Spring's Intercultural Champion Awards to local activists and organizations. Tickets, $65, are available now at eventbrite.com.

If it's true that you first eat with your eyes, then surely the dish on which your food is presented should look better than your parents' old, avocado-green Corelle plates, right? Enter Martin Kastner, the designer behind the one-of-a-kind serviceware at Chicago's Alinea and the famous Porthole Infuser (see the video above). Kastner is giving an artist's talk at Studio Arts Boulder, 3550 Frontier Avenue, from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 20, and while there won't be any food at the event, it's a great chance to hear about the relationship between design and cuisine. Tickets are only $10; find out more at studioartsboulder.org.

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Mesob does Ethiopian cuisine off the beaten path.
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Saturday, October 21
The Village Exchange Center, a community center and multi-faith worship space designed to serve immigrants and refugees in Denver and Aurora, opens on Saturday, October 21, and the pop-up market R Bazaar is part of its grand-opening celebration. Stop by the center, 1609 Havana Street in Aurora, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to sample a wealth of international food; you'll find elusive Syrian cuisine from Zeytoon Syrian Catering, Ethiopian food and coffee from Mesob Ethiopian Restaurant and Konjo Ethiopian Coffee, South American sweets from Dolce Nelly, and falafel from the Falafel King food truck. In addition, there will be jewelry, clothing, arts and natural skin-care products from immigrant vendors; find a complete list at rbazaardenver.com. And admission is free, so there's no reason not to travel around the world without leaving town this weekend.

The fast-growing Baha'i faith is still unfamiliar to most Americans, but its teachings include figures most Westerners have heard of: Buddha, Christ and Muhammad, among others, are all considered manifestations of God, and one of the faith's primary principles is unity of humanity and of the world's religions. To this end, the Baha'i Center of Metro Denver, 225 East Bayaud Avenue, is celebrating the 200th birthday of the religion's founder, Bahá'u'lláh, with the Light of Unity Festival. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, gather in the street in front of the center for a free fair boasting Mexican and Bollywood dancers, Persian music, a bouncy castle and crafts for the kiddos, and international food trucks. Learn more at denverbahais.org.

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Backyard on Blake hosts 5280 Dines this weekend.
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Sunday, October 22
Backyard on Blake, 3040 Blake Street, will turn into a smorgasbord of Denver dining on Sunday, October 22, when it hosts 5280 Dines. The food festival promises small plates from top restaurants in town, cocktail pairings and live music from 6 to 9 p.m. Get your tickets, $75, now at 5280.com.

Planning ahead? Here are some tasty options to consider beyond the weekend...


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