EatDenver's Big Eat bash was a culinary smash

Forty Denver restaurants, including Biker Jim's, Euclid Hall, Jonesy's Eat Bar, Le Grand Bistro & Oyster Bar, Linger, Panzano and Pinche Tacos, along with beers from Breckenridge Brewery, Great Divide, Mountain Sun Brewery and Wynkoop Brewery, wines from Bookcliff Cellars, Bonacquisti Winery, Cottonwood Cellars, Mesa Park and Two Rivers and spring cocktails from Green Russell, CapRock Vodka, Breckenridge Bourbon Whiskey, Dancing Pines Rum and Jackalope Gin were all on display on Sunday at the Big Eat, EatDenver's annual culinary festival that celebrates the some of the city's top independent restaurants and the state's best liquid assets.

The smashing bash, which took place at Sustainability Park, in the Curtis Park 'hood, drew more than 1,000 revelers, who ate, drank and also paid tribute to Curtis Caldwell, the former sous chef of Vesta Dipping Grill, who tragically passed away in late January. Hula hooping, about which Caldwell was passionate, was a big part of the festivities, as were sticky mustaches and tributes to fallen war veterans.

Here's a glimpse of the highlights.

See also: - Full slide show: The third annual Big Eat festival - Win two free tickets to EatDenver's Big Eat bash on Sunday - Our favorite local culinary gifts for foodniks: EatDenver Dining Deck

For more photos of the Big Eat, visit our full Big Eat 2013 slide show.

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