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From Beer to Brunch,the Eleven Best Culinary Events This Weekend

The Great American Beer Festival rolls into town next week, and the calendar is already packed with beer events. But there's lots of food fun, too. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

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Friday, September 26

Wazee Supper Club will be celebrating forty years in business with large Supreme pizzas all day for the throwback price of $19.74, along with $0.40 pints of Rail Yard Ale served in commemorative Wazee anniversary pint glasses to the first 100 guests starting at 6 p.m.

For tonight's Harvest Week event, grab your dancing boots and bring your appetite to the GrowHaus from 7 to 11 p.m. for Footloose and Farm Fresh, a night of dancing and eating under the stars. A DJ will be spinning records and keeping the dance floor bumping all night with hits from the '70s and '80s. Participating restaurants include Pinche Taqueria, Jonesy's EatBar, Adelitas, Appaloosa Grill, Biker Jim's Gourmet Dogs, Ste. Ellie and P17. Tickets are $50; grab yours here.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar will preview its wine series with special wine flights and tasting tips tonight, along with hors d'oeuvres. When you purchase a preview ticket for $35, you receive a $25 gift card to use at Fleming's. For reservations and more information, click here.

Taste of Vail will hold its first Farm-to-Table benefit dinner benefiting the Food Rescue Express program, and featuring foods sourced from the fields of Colorado farmers. It runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.tonight at the Express Lift in Mountain Plaza, adjacent to Gondola One at Vail. Tickets are $75; click here to purchase yours.

Denver is throwing down for Oktoberfest yet again this weekend. The 45th annual Denver Oktoberfest's second weekend will feature stein-hoisting competitions, live music, dancing, food, keg bowling, plenty of beer and more. The party takes place between 20th and 22nd streets in the Ballpark Neighborhood. Admission is free but VIP packages are available; find out more here.

Saturday, September 27

Rioja will be featuring a special Icelandic menu tonight along with a special guest. As part of Taste of Iceland, the restaurant welcomes Icelandic and Nordic Chef of the Year Viktor Örn Andrésson, who is working in collaboration with Rioja chef Tim Kuklinksi and head chef and owner Jennifer Jasinski to craft a prix fixe, four-course menu showcasing some of the finest Icelandic ingredients, such as Arctic char, cod and free-range lamb. For reservations and more information call Rioja at 303-820-2282.

Boone's Tavern will be hosting a four-course Boulder Beer Brunch today starting at 11 a.m. Tickets are $35; for more information or for reservations call 720-961-0320.

EatDenver's Harvest week comes to a close today with the Egg-in-a-Hole Brunch finale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m at the GrowHaus. This kid-friendly brunch will be the final event in EatDenver's Harvest Week. Kids get in free with a donation to The GrowHaus's Community Tool Lending Library. Donate new or barely used tools to support community efforts for the GrowHaus. Participating restaurants include Snooze, Vesta Dipping Grill, Beast & Bottle, Bonanno Concepts and Session Kitchen. Tickets are $50; grab yours here.

Sunday, September 28

Atticus will be letting the birds out of the cage today its Birds and Bubbles dinner. Dinner will include fried chicken and all the fixin's -- fried green tomatoes, corn on the cob, hush puppies, green salad, green beans, apple pie and chocolate pudding -- and the bird will be paired with a bit of the bubbly. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and is $25 for adults and $10 for kids. For reservations and more information call Atticus at 720-459-8273.

Black Shirt Brewing is throwing a Fall Harvest Beer Dinner tonight at 7 p.m. The brewery and Roaming Bull Brasserie have teamed up for this five-course meal, which is $75 per person. Call the brewery at 303-993-2799 for reservations and more information.

The sixth annual Colorado Cheese Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at the Plaza Event Center. The event will feature more than 150 artisanal cheeses to sample, chocolate and beer pairings, and workshops. Tickets are $35; grab yours and find out more 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 [email protected].

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Ben Landreth