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The Six Best Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

Sweet Cooie's and its big brother, Little Man Ice Cream, will host gingerbread-house parties this weekend.
Sweet Cooie's and its big brother, Little Man Ice Cream, will host gingerbread-house parties this weekend. Mark Antonation

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click to enlarge That's a big pour of a big beer. - SARAH COWELL
That's a big pour of a big beer.
Sarah Cowell
Saturday, January 6
If you only go to one beer festival in 2018, make it the Big Beers, Belgians and Barleywines festival on Saturday, January 6. Yes, it's only six days into the year, but we guarantee there won't be any better event for fans of dark, sweet, spicy, malty, high-alcohol beers in the state. Over 120 breweries (Dogfish Head, Paradox, Duvel and Jester King among them) will be pouring suds from 2:30 to 6 p.m. at the Beaver Run Conference Center, 620 Village Road in Breckenridge, and for diehard beer geeks (or pros), seminars earlier that morning are included in the $75 ticket price. Visit bigbeersfestival.com for a complete schedule of events throughout the whole weekend, and start planning for a weekend getaway as epic as the fest itself.

click to enlarge Film-goers and foodies select bites at CINEChef 2016. - COURTESY OF BOULDER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
Film-goers and foodies select bites at CINEChef 2016.
Courtesy of Boulder International Film Festival
Friday, February 23
Gentle readers who still get bent out of shape that Westword covers Boulder as well as Denver: CineCHEF 2018 is the event for you. The event's fourth iteration happens on Friday, February 28, 2018, at Rembrandt Yard, 1301 Spruce Street in Boulder, when Boulder chefs face off against Denver chefs to prove who can create the tastiest, most creative bite based on a beloved film. Last year's roster included Daniel Asher of River and Woods serving smoked scallops, ceviche and Peruvian chile in an homage to Up in Smoke, and Steven Redzikowski of Oak at Fourteenth tapping Mia Wallace to hand out miniature burgers and a $14 shake à la Pulp Fiction. Tickets, $95, are on sale now at ticketfly.com and include admission to the film Michelin Stars: Tales From the Kitchen. So, gentle readers, etc., purchase your tickets and start planning the long and dangerous trip up to The Town That Totally Isn't Part of Denver to support your hometown heroes as they compete in hostile territory.

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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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