From Beer to Barbecue, Twelve Tastiest Events on the Menu for July 10-12

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From outdoor dining in Larimer Square to a German Biergarten festival to mountain-top wine excursions, this weekend is all about getting out and enjoying summer in Colorado. 

Friday, July 10 

Coffee at the Point is throwing a grand opening party for its new patio today and tomorrow, featuring live music, beer tastings, art shows, two-for-one bloody Marys and mimosas, $1 scoops of gelato and more. The Patio at the Point will be partying from 4 to 10 p.m. today and all day tomorrow. For a complete schedule of events, visit coffeeatthepoint.com.

Range will host Lola Wines for a five-course wine dinner tonight starting at 6 p.m.  Check out the menu here and reserve your seat by calling 720-726-4800.

The nineteenth annual Biergarten Festival will bring German culture, traditional German food, entertainment, music, dance groups, family fun and beer (of course) to Morrison this weekend. Admission is $5 at the gate today and tomorrow, $1 from 10 a.m. to noon on Sunday and $3 from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. There will also be an all-you-can-eat brunch Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that's $15 (children $8), while supplies last. For more information, click here

Saturday, July 11 

West End Tavern is teaming up with The Farm and The Millennium Harvest House to bring you the third annual JUL-IPA Festival today from noon to 4 p.m. The hoppy festival will feature more than thirty breweries from across the country showcasing their IPAs alongside food from the West End, live music and Boulder Creek views from the Harvest House. Tickets are $30 or $10 for designated drivers; get yours and learn more here

Cook Street School of Culinary Arts is offering a Culinary Bootcamp for Teens with an interest in cooking and an appetite for learning. The chefs at Cook Street will teach the fundamentals of French and Italian techniques that will get teens on the path to being confident home chefs; they'll learn knife skills, mise en place, how to cook grains and make pasta, pan-roasting and much more. The class is $350 per student and will run for four consecutive Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. To learn more, visit cookstreet.com

The nineteenth annual Brewers Rendezvous will bring over 75 breweries, live music, artisan vendor, and tasty treats to Salida today. The beer festival will run from 1 to 5 p.m. today at Riverside Park, along the headwaters of the Arkansas. General admission tickets include a commemorative glass and are $40, VIP tickets are $100 and include early admission, a T-shirt, food and access to VIP areas. You can snag your tickets and learn more here.

A new farmers' market will be popping up at Crofton Elementary School today. Harry's Urban Farmers' Market will feature goods from local farmers, artisan vendors and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, starting today and running until September 26. For more information, visit harrysurbanfarmersmarket.com.

Many of the restaurants on Larimer Square will be extending their patios into the streets this evening for Dining al Fresco. Enjoy dinner under the starts and the lights of the Square, live music and happy hour specials. The unique dining experience will run from 5 to 11 p.m. Reservations can be made through participating restaurants; for more information click here.

The Alliance Française Soiree benefit will give guests a taste of Paris this evening with French-inspired food from more than a dozen local restaurants, wine from Louis Jadot and Gloria Ferrer, cocktails by KJ Wood Distillers, and beer from Kronenbourg Brewery. There will also be dancing, a silent auction and more. The event takes place at the Space Gallery from 7 to 11 p.m. Tickets are $60 for AFD members, $75 for non-members in advance, and $80 at the door. Event proceeds support the cultural events and the scholarship program of the Alliance Française de Denver. For tickets and more information, visit afdenver.org.         

Sunday, July 12 

The Arvada Blues and Brews for Better Housing will be rocking for a great cause today. Blues will be blaring from three stages from 12:15 to 8 p.m., setting the mood for dancing, BBQ and shopping in Olde Town Arvada. Tickets to the benefit are $10 (kids under twelve get in free), and are available here. Proceeds from the event will benefit Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver.  

Anthony's Pizza & Pasta on Colorado Boulevard is celebrating the restaurant's grand re-opening with a block party blow-out today. From 3 to 8 p.m. party-goers can enjoy all-night happy-hour prices featuring a specialty cocktail created just for the event, pizza-making lessons for kids, free cannolis, a complimentary branded glass with the purchase of select drinks, and discount food specials including $1 pizza slices and $10 family meals. For more information, check out anthonyspizzaandpasta.com.

As part of the Denver Art Museum's focus on floral art for the summer, the museum is teaming up with the American Culinary Federation Colorado Chefs Association to launch a series of cooking demonstrations focusing on using edible flowers. The first demonstration will take place in the Denver Art Museum's outdoor Martin Plaza today at 11 a.m. The demonstration is included in museum admission and children under the age of eighteen can participate for free. For more information, click here

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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