Eight Top Culinary Events This Weekend: The Forecast Is Chili!

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Fall is in full force, and so this weekend is full of farm festivals, autumnal flavors -- and chile, beer and yaks, of course. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calender.

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Friday, October, 10

Spend an evening learning how to prepare different types of steak while sipping locally produced spirits. Cook Street Cooking School is offering a Steak and Whiskey cooking class from 6 to 9:30 p.m.; a representative from Leopold Bros. will be on hand to answer questions and talk about its whiskey. Tuition is $99; register at cookstreet.com.

Saturday, October 11

Grant Family Farms welcomes back Harvestival today starting at 10 a.m. This food-centric festival will feature gardening activities, agriculture workshops, dance activities, hula area, a kids art sone area, local musicians, the Grant Farms grill, local brews, farm tours, a bonfire and more. Tickets to the event are $40 and you can grab yours here.

The 11th annual Chili Cook Off at Golden City Brewery will be a fundraiser for the Christian Action Guild. $10 will get you a door prize plus unlimited chili tastings. And don't forget the cook- off, for those who think their chili has what it takes. The winner gets $100, $75 goes to second place, $50 to third and the rest of the proceedsto charity. The fun runs from 11:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. For more information visit the events Facebook page.

WINGNUTTZ, Grunniens Ranch and Hi-Test Elbert present the third annual Yaktoberfest today in Elizabeth.The festival will feature live yaks, yak-themed food and drinks, music and more. Festivities begin at noon and admission is free; learn more at yaktoberfest.com.

The Seeds of Doubt Conference will shed some light on GMOs and genetic engineering at Omni Interlocken Resort from 6 to 8 p.m. today, when a panel of experts -- including some of the world's leading experts in the field of health and healing -- will discuss GMOs. Tickets for the conference range in price from $79 to $159. For tickets and more information, visit seedsofdoubtconference.com.

Last year Parry's Pizza paired with Epic Brewing to create a private-label beer, Landon's Wanna Walk Wheat. For every pint of this beer sold from October 1, 2013 through October 1, 2014 at the four metro Parry's locations (Greenwood Village, Parker, Highlands Ranch and Castle Rock), Parry's will donate 25 cents to St. Jude Children's Hospitals. And the the good work didn't end there: Many other breweries have donated kegs of their own beer to the cause. Parry's will celebrate the fundraiser with Refreshment for a Cause, a party from 11 a.m. until close today at the Greenwood Village location, where a St. Jude's rep will collect the check -- and Epic Brewing will have a one-off firkin to celebrate this event. For more information, go to parryspizza.com.

Riot 3: An Evening in India, will be a night of Indian cuisine, performance and storytelling, to benefit 40 West in Lakewood. The evening will begin at 7 p.m. at 40 West Gallery and Studios.

Sunday, October 12

Joy Wine and Spirits will host its annual chili cookoff from noon to 5 p.m. today in its parking lot at Sixth Avenue and Marion Street. There will be wine and beer -- from Avery Brewing, Colorado Cider Company, Odell Brewing Company, Leopold Bros, Great Divide, Firestone Walker and Lagunitas Brewing Company, among others --available for tasting (for a small donation), games for children and adults, and chili, of course. There will be both restaurant and amateur divisions -- and If you'd like to enter, go to Joy for a registration form. First place for the amateur competition is $200. Tickets are $10 in advance at Joy, $15 at the event; children under ten are free with a paying adult. Proceeds benefit the GrowHaus. For more information, call 303-744-6219.

For information on dozens of culinary events around town, visit our online Food & Drink listings -- and if you have information for a culinary event you'd like included in our online calendar, send it to cafe@westword.com.

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