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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Week

A selection of old bottles on display at History Colorado's Beer Here!
A selection of old bottles on display at History Colorado's Beer Here! Jonathan Shikes

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click to enlarge Legends. - JAKE COX
Legends.
Jake Cox
Thursday, June 27
Nobody loves tacos more than us — but can you eat $135 worth of them? If you can't, it's not for lack of opportunity at this year's Top Taco. The annual competition takes place on Thursday, June 27, at Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas Street in Aurora, when more than fifty restaurants around town will go head-to-head to see who can serve the best iteration of the classic Mexican street food. There will be tacos for all tastes: street-style (Cilantro & Perejil, Adelitas, Las Delicias), crowd-pleasers (Uno Mas, Tacos Tequila Whiskey, Los Chingones) and WTF (Tupelo Honey, Syrup). Not only will tacos fill your tummy, but tequila and margs are also on tap. Still don't think you can stuff over a hundred bucks worth of food in your estómago? Not to worry: GA tickets start at $75 on the event website.

click to enlarge Massimo Bottura, chef and owner of the lauded restaurant Osteria Francescana in Italy, attended 2018's Slow Food Nations; this year's participants include legendary chef Alice Waters and activist Ron Finley. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Massimo Bottura, chef and owner of the lauded restaurant Osteria Francescana in Italy, attended 2018's Slow Food Nations; this year's participants include legendary chef Alice Waters and activist Ron Finley.
Linnea Covington
Friday, July 19, through Sunday, July 21
Slow Food Nations appeals to everyone (except, perhaps, unrepentant fast-food aficionados). The international food fest kicks off its third year in town on Friday, July 19, and will run nearly forty chef demos, lectures, workshops, parties and dinners — plus the enormous Taste Marketplace, with over 100 vendors hawking their wares and handing out samples — through Sunday, July 21. About half the events taking place around town (but mainly around Larimer Square at Larimer and 14th streets) are free, but the rest require tickets, which start at $20. Visit Slow Food Nations' website to see the whole weekend's schedule and make sure you nab tickets for your can't-miss events.

click to enlarge Tacolandia has your sweet tooth covered as well as your taste for tacos. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Tacolandia has your sweet tooth covered as well as your taste for tacos.
Danielle Lirette
Saturday, August 17
Tacolandia returns to Civic Center Park, Broadway and Colfax Avenue, for a fourth year on Saturday, August 17, celebrating food, art, music and culture. Join us in honoring that great Mexican invention, the taco, in its many forms as presented by the city's top cantinas, taquerias and food trucks. Tickets, $25 for general admission or $55 for VIP, are now on sale at westwordtacolandia.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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