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The Seven Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Dreams of global foosball domination will be achieved and dashed at Skyline Beer Garden starting this week.
Dreams of global foosball domination will be achieved and dashed at Skyline Beer Garden starting this week. Kenneth Hamblin III
Pilsner, pink wine, pickles, prana, pride and poultry are part of the plan this weekend, as Denverites embrace the arrival of warm nights and hot bird. Here are seven priceless food and drink events over the next few days, as well as upcoming events you'll want to include on the culinary calendar.

click to enlarge Rosé has never been more popular — except back when people called it white zinfandel. - LINDSEY BARTLETT
Rosé has never been more popular — except back when people called it white zinfandel.
Lindsey Bartlett
Friday, June 8
Denver wants you to day-drink, and on Friday, June 8, it's officially giving you the go-ahead with the opening of Skyline Park Beer Garden. As long as locusts don't cover the land and rivers don't turn to blood (aka weather permitting), the Garden, at 16th and Arapahoe streets, will be open daily from 11 a.m to 10 p.m. through mid-October, with twelve taps, tacos and elotes, trivia nights, miniature golf, cornhole, ping-pong and other games, plus live music every Friday and Saturday. And with communal seating for more than 350 guests, you're sure to make a new best friend on every visit. Visit skylinebeergarden.com for details.

Like many Americans, some of you might still feel a twinge of shame when ordering rosé at the bar; after all, it famously comes in both a Franzia box and a forty. But there's a whole world of pink wine beyond white zin, and the Drink Pink Vino International Rosé Festival on Friday, June 8, will be pouring sixty new wines just in time for porch-pounder season. Omni Interlocken Resort, 500 Interlocken Boulevard in Broomfield, is hosting the soirée from 6 to 9 p.m.; a VIP reception starts at 5 p.m. Visit the event Facebook page for details and tickets, $70 or $100.

Brace yourself for the perfect storm: goats plus a RiNo warehouse plus a food truck equal both an adorable, low-key evening as well as the pinnacle of hipsterism. On Friday, June 8, Broken Shovels Farm Sanctuary is launching its "Goats in RiNo" summer movie series. Starting at 6 p.m., LFX Filmworks and Events Space at 1701 31st Street will open its doors to humans and goats alike for a screening of But I'm a Cheerleader. Food truck Vegan Van will be selling human feed, and goat treats will also be available for sale. Get your ticket for just $12 (well worth it to cuddle goats and watch a wonderfully naive Natasha Lyonne) on Facebook.

click to enlarge You'll get your fill of dill at The Real Dill's Pickle Party. - COURTESY THE REAL DILL FACEBOOK PAGE
You'll get your fill of dill at The Real Dill's Pickle Party.
Courtesy The Real Dill Facebook page
Saturday, June 9
Start your weekend bright (but not too early) on Ale House's rooftop, 2501 16th Street. On Saturday, June 9, the restaurant and RiNo Yoga Social are launching the first of their monthly partnerships with Yoga on the Rooftop at 9:30 a.m. Yogis of all levels can enjoy the (rapidly disappearing) view of Denver's skyline while they practice their eagle pose, with beer and mimosas provided after class — for hydration, of course. While the class is free, space is limited and can be reserved by making an advance donation at Eventbrite; proceeds will benefit Denver nonprofit organizations The Delores Project and Harm Reduction Action Center.

The Real Dill isn't just Denver's most expensive pickle-maker; it's the town's most epic party-thrower. On Saturday, June 9, the company is hosting a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization Denver Food Rescue that includes not one, not two, not three...but four separate bars. From 4 to 10 p.m., guests at The Real Dill's production facility, 33 South Fox Street, can order from cocktail, cider, Bloody Mary and beer bars in between live music, a pickle-eating contest, carnival games and (in what is surely the most artisanal phrase of the year so far) "collaborative pickles" made just for the party. Just $15 gets you in the door, and all drink donations will go directly to the Food Rescue. Pickle up, boys and girls; it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Barbecue and beer, barbecue and Kool-Aid, barbecue and sweet tea — these are the pairings of smokehouse tradition. Bar Fausto is about to add craft cocktails to the list when it brings in Owlbear Barbecue for a Saturday-night pop-up from 4 to 10 p.m. on June 9. Karl Fallenius is working on opening his own restaurant just down Larimer Street, but in the meantime this is the only way to taste his Texas-meets-Colorado brisket and other smoked meats. The drill is simple: Just show up at Bar Fausto, 3126 Larimer Street, and exchange your cash for mixed drinks and food.

click to enlarge Cho77's winning Vietnamese wings won last year's Wings & Whiskey competition. - MARK ANTONATION
Cho77's winning Vietnamese wings won last year's Wings & Whiskey competition.
Mark Antonation
Sunday, June 10
Hot on the heels of Chicken Fight! comes another fowl food event, this time at Ace Eat Serve: Wings & Whiskey. What can we say? People love the bird. Ace Eat Serve, 501 East 17th Avenue, is hosting the event for the fifth year, and after last year's sellout bash, we expect this one to be bigger and birdier than ever. Music by Buffalo Wingmen will set the stage for the wing-eating contest, whiskey cocktails and, of course, unlimited wings from eight Denver chefs. The fun starts at 4 p.m.; snap up your tickets, $55 (VIP is sold out), at Ace's website. The flapper fest is a fundraiser for Denver Housing Authority's Youth Culinary Academy.

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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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