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From Brew to Boo, the Top Ten Culinary Events for This Weekend

The weekend is full of good food and good times, with everything from a free screening of Food Patriots, to a Boo and Brew Colfax block party and fall festivals where you can wear costumes, lederhosen....or simply dress a goat. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

See also: Beer Calendar: Count Chocula, New IPAs, Pumpkins and Hot Wings

Friday, October 24

In honor of National Food Day, a panel of food activists, chefs, foodies and thinkers will join in a discussion at the Sie FilmCenter after a free screening of Food Patriots, the story of one family pushing the limits to have access to healthy food. The panel will ponder this question: "Just how far are we willing to go to find healthier food and what's standing in our way?" The free program runs from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. today and space is limited; to save a seat, RSVP here.

Saturday, October 25

The BigWonderful, Denver's weekly outdoor food market, will get in the Halloween spirit by throwing Pumpkinfest today. There will be live music, a pumpkin toss and pumpkin-carving contests. Admission is free, as always at the BigWonderful. Pumpkinfest will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. today at Sustainability Park; for more information, visit

Right by Pumpkinfest, the Rotary Club of Five Points will host Fall Food Fest, a food-truck event at the BigWonderful. There will be food trucks, local brews and spirits, music by DJ Shawn Green, kids' activities, a door prize and more. Proceeds support programs and activities at Five Points schools and the Shots for Tots immunization clinic in Elyria Swansea. For more information, check out the Facebook event page.

Lost Highway Brewing, which opened in late September after three years of planning and construction, will host a grand-opening party today from noon to 6 p.m. with live music from Jim Dalton of the Railbenders, chile roasting, food and more. Founded by the owners of the Cheeky Monk Belgian Beer Cafe next door, Lost Highway has six of its own beers on tap: District 6 Pils, Grave Robber Fraud Quad, Golden Ghost Blond, Pumpkin Ale, Belghost IPA and Longest, Wickedest Wit.

Cat-On-Tap, the Catamount Institute's annual fundraiser, will feature the beers of Red Leg Brewing Company, music, food, an auction and plenty of lederhosen. The German-themed event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. at Gold Hill Mesa, 142 Raven Mine Drive in Colorado Springs. Tickets are $55 per person or $100 for two, get them here.

More than two dozen businesses will come together to create one epic Halloween block party at Boo and Brew Along Colfax, near the Bluebird Theater. Participating vendors will have their doors open all night with live music, drink specials, a costume contest and even Halloween-themed trivia.

Sunday, October 26

Broken Shovels Farm will host an end-of-season party today, featuring the last weekly produce and cheese market for the year. But there's also a costume event for the kids, who can come in costume or bring a costume for one of the farm's goats. (See the Broken Shovels website for more details on goat costumes.) The farm will be serving up its famous goat cheese grilled-cheese sandwiches made on an open fire, and offering a puppet show, face painting and more.

Little Man Ice Cream will host a Pumpkin-Carving Party complete with costume contest. You'll need to buy a pumpkin if you want to carve, but watching the pumpkin-carving artisans, snacks, drinks and live bluegrass are all on the house, as is an ice cream sundae party for kids.

Atticus is putting on a Vegan Harvest Dinner, starting with a cocktail reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m.Tickets are $35 per person and $10 for kids; call Atticus at 720-459-8273.

Get in the Halloween spirit with Session Kitchen during brunch service today. Adults in costume between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. will receive a free Blood and Bubbles cocktail, a Session original; costumed kiddos will eat for free. Call Session at 720-763-3387 for reservations.

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