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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Cider for brunch? Yes, please!
Cider for brunch? Yes, please! Courtesy of Stem Ciders
The weekend is upon us, friends. And it's a busy one, packed with (coffee) beans, brunch, beverages, border collies and a bazaar. Keep reading for six of the best food and drink events from Friday, September 29, through Sunday, October 1, as well as more dates you'll want to mark on the culinary calendar.

Friday, September 29
It's only fitting that the beverage that allows so many of us to function before noon has its very own day: National Coffee Day is Friday, September, 29. And Boyer's Coffee Cafe, 7295 Washington Street, is ready to feed your addiction with its National Coffee Day Celebration from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Show up for free drip coffee, a chance to win Boyer's swag, deep discounts on bags of coffee and coffee drinks, live music, food trucks (Code 7, Knock on Wood Smokehouse and Teal Tacos will be in attendance) and a "reverse" food truck accepting donations of non-perishable food for the Denver Rescue Mission. The hardest part will be getting over there before you have your first cup of joe.

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Declaration Brewing's patio is going to the dogs.
Courtesy of Declaration Brewing
Saturday, September 30
Four-legged fans of Declaration Brewing, 2030 South Cherokee Street, bared their teeth when the brewery barred beagles (and all other dogs) from its comfortable and spacious beer garden (don't blame the brewery, though; they were just obeying the law). But on Saturday, September 30, Declaration is welcoming back the hounds with the opening of its new dog patio, specifically designed to be up to canine code. Starting at noon, the patio is open to party for people and pooches alike. Denver Dumb Friends League will be on the premises with adoptable dogs, and $1 from the purchase of designated beers will go to the shelter. Add in live music and food trucks (Gyros King for you, Smart Cookie Barkery for your best buddy) and you've got a party fit for your fine furry friends.

The cultural mashup that is TheBigWonderful continues Saturday, September 30, and Sunday, October 1, when bluegrass meets beer fest meets Turkish bazaar at Oktobergrass. The creative incubator is returning to its roots at 4400 Fox Street with vendors and live music both days; Everyone Orchestra, Chain Station and Gipsy Moon will take the stage while you shop at trucks of both the food and fashion persuasions. There will also be a Pickin' Lounge this year, so bring your banjo. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the libations flow from 2 to 6 p.m., with local favorites Bear Creek Distillery, Jagged Mountain Craft Brewery and Infinite Monkey Theorem serving up drinks. Single tickets range from $5 to $49 at thebigwonderful.com.

Food-truck food is the best food.
Courtesy of Two Parts
The only problem with food trucks is that they're on wheels. Just when you think you've tracked down your favorite barbecued pork in a cornbread bowl or plate of Vietnamese tacos, the engines rev up and the truck is off to some craft brewery across town. That's why Denver needs more food-truck rallies. And that's why you won't want to miss the Truck Stop: Food Truck Rally in Five Points on Saturday, September 30. Come hungry and thirsty to the intersection of 24th and Welton streets between noon and 6 p.m., where you'll find more than twenty mobile kitchens smoking, frying, chilling, grilling and otherwise serving up delicious grub. Nab your advance tickets at twoparts.com; $20 will get you four drink tokens and two food tokens, and you can always purchase more at the event. Now hit the road!

Urban (very urban) winery Bonacquisti Wine,at 4640 Pecos Street, is celebrating the arrival of autumn with the second Northside Wine and Music Festival on Saturday, September 30. From 4 to 9 p.m., the space will be hosting music from Fedora Nights and Latin Sol, as well as vintner Paul Bonacquisti's own Italian sausages from Uncle Paulie's Italian Sausage and barbecue from RevneD BBQ Company. And the wine? For $20, you'll get a keepsake wine glass and five tastings, including some of the winery's barrel-aged wines being released this fall. Get your tickets at the event Facebook page. See you on the Northside (and whatever you do, don't call it Highland).

Sunday, October 1
The folks at Stem Ciders know their stuff; it's our favorite cidery in town. And on Sunday, October 1, the joint will be hopping as Stem, 2811 Walnut Street, teams up with the Real Dill and the Post for a pop-up brunch. Both Stem and the Real Dill's products will be featured at a Bloody Cider bar, which will boast a cider/Real Dill collaboration dubbed A Salted Cucumber, as well as the Real Dill's excellent Bloody Mary Mix. Add to that all the pickled garnishes you could ask for, and you'll have a lighter (but no less delicious) alternative to the classic Bloody Mary bar. To balance out the beverages, there will also be a 100 percent gluten-free, all-you-can-eat, Southern-style brunch buffet from the Post serving up shrimp and grits, biscuits, collards, poached eggs and pastries. Fair warning: Stem's tap room is tiny and its fans are legion, so you don't want to sleep in this Sunday morning. Get your tickets ($15 to $40) at twoparts.com.

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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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