The Rockies swing into action at Coors Field today for the team's home opening, an event that's practically a local holiday; see our list of ten places to celebrate Opening Day. But there's much more to Denver than the Rockies (which you'll appreciate in a few months of baseball games), and the weekend's culinary calendar is full of wine tastings, festivals and more. Keep reading for the tasty details.
Friday, April 8
The Denver Art Museum pops the cork on a weekend of fun with the museum's spring fundraiser, Uncorked. From 6 to 9 p.m. tonight, the museum will host a tasting featuring more than 300 wines from Colorado and beyond, spread through three tasting areas manned by winemakers and winery representatives, as well as food from Kevin Taylor Catering, a silent auction and more. Tickets are $100 for museum members, $135 for non-members and $55 for designated drivers. First Taste tickets will also be offered for an additional $45, allowing guests to enter the Uncorked Wine Tasting an hour early at 5 p.m. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for an additional $10, subject to availability. Get all the details at denverartmuseum.org. The museum will also hold Uncorked Reserve and the brand-new Uncorked AFTERGLO this weekend.
You Are What You Eat, a show of food-centric collages and photography by Barbara Gal, opens at NEXT Gallery with a reception from 5 to 10 p.m. today with food samples and a wine tasting by One Hope Wines. The show will be on display through April 24; for more information, check out nextgallerydenver.com.
Spangalang Brewery is celebrating its first year in business with a three-day birthday bash today through Sunday, April 10. The brewery will be opening a pop-up patio for the weekend, and pouring a lineup of limited releases each day. There will also be live music, a beer brunch, and more. For all the details, call Spangalang at 303-297-1276.
Denver Beer Co. is releasing its Cocoa Cream Graham Cracker Porter today at noon. The first 100 guests to buy a bomber of the beer will get a seat around Denver Beer Co.'s campfire, where they can make their own smores (supplies provided). For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.
Keep reading for more events this weekend.
Saturday, April 9
The Source's #sourcepopup spring market takes place today and tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The market will feature artisan crafts and goods from vendors like Valentich Bags, Simply Guapa, Mercury Mercury Design Lab, Craft Boner, Witch Collective, PB Love, Sasquatch Co & Supply, Willow Boutique and more. For more information, visit thesourcedenver.com.
Los Tacos on East Colfax will be donating $1 to Mount Saint Vincent for every pint of Former Future Brewing Company’s Gadabout India Pale Lager that is sold from the Confluence Tap Handle starting today and running through Saturday, May 7. For more information, call Los Tacos at 720-287-4479 or visit confluencetap.com.
For those of us who just can't wait for summer festivals, the Glitter Dome will host a 2016 Taco Festival Pre-Party complete with Lucha Libre wrestling, live music, Hot Pepper Eating trivia challenge, all you can drink cervezas, ten .5 ounce shots of tequila, tacos and more for just $25. Your ticket also includes a limited edition branded glass, discounted 2016 Denver Taco Festival tickets, and a free T-shirt (for the first 200 guests.) The party will be rocking from 5 to 10 p.m. today; you can find tickets and more information here.
Sunday, April 10
Linguist Dan Jurafsky will be talking about his new book, The Language of Food, at the Boulder Book Store starting at 5 p.m. today. Vouchers to attend are $5 and good for $5 off the author’s featured book or a purchase the day of the event. For more information, head over to boulderbookstore.net.
For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.