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From Skiing to Sliders, Eight Tasty Events on the Culinary Calendar This Weekend

As March winds to a close, Denverites will start pulling out the flip flops and putting away the snow gear. But hold onto that parka, because this weekend you can enjoy skiing with a side of food and beer. And don't forget that Saturday is Something on a Stick Day, Punch Bowl Social, Tamayo and Blackbelly Market will be celebrating by skewering some of your favorite foods. Keep reading for a taste of what's on the culinary calendar.

Friday, March 27

Presented by the people who brought theBigWonderful to Denver, the Friday Night Bazaar will wrap up its first month from 6 p.m. to midnight tonight at the Denargo Farm & Truck Park. The market will feature lots of beer, food, music and deals; for more information, visit  

Saturday, March 28 

Burning Through Pages is hosting a showdown between some of Denver's best craft breweries. Ten local brewers and twenty beers will compete for the top spot in your beer bracket. So if your March Madness bracket didn't go so well, maybe your beer bracket will fare a little better — and in any case, it's for a good cause. All ticket sales will go towards funding Burning Through Pages, a Denver-based non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth connect with literature and building communities of young readers and inspired thinkers. The Brew Challenge will take place at The Armoury today from 2 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. For tickets and more information, click here.  

Crested Butte is celebrating spring in the mountains with Crafted, which starts at noon today. This on-mountain food and drink fest will feature Colorado breweries, distilleries, food and more. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 the day of the event, or you can purchase a Crafted ticket and a lift ticket for $80. For tickets and more information click here.  

Hops & Handrails goes down from noon to 5 p.m. today at Roosevelt Park in Longmont. The third annual event will bring together a beer festival with fifty breweries, a rail jam and snowboard contest with a forty-foot ramp, live music and local food. Wristbands for the beer festival, with all-you-can-drink sampling privileges, are $30. General admission for the festival (without beer tasting) is $10 for adults, $5 for kids ages twelve and under, and free for kids under five, with event proceeds benefiting SOS Outreach and the Left Hand Brewing Foundation. You can find tickets and more information at

New Belgium and Loveland Ski Area are teaming up to bring you a Mountain Adventure today. Don your wildest outfit and hit the slopes as you search, scavenge, sip and ski your way through this scavenger hunt. The scavenger hunt starts at 10 a.m., with registration beginning at 9 a.m. You must have a team of one to four participants, each with a lift ticket and $10 to register. The post-hunt celebration begins at 3 pm. There will be beerlicious prizes and a chance to win Rocky Mountain Underground Skis and a New Belgium Cruiser Bike. Proceeds will benefit the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado. For more, click here.  

Today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Whole Foods in Wash Park will be holding a craft fair that will feature products from eight local vendors and independent crafters. In addition to the vendors, some members of the Whole Foods staff will be selling origami, jewelry, knitted goods, carpentry, clothing, collectibles, bottle art, crates, syrup, tea, jam, pasta, stationary and more. The event will benefit the Whole Planet Foundation. For more, click here

From 2 to 10 p.m. today Roaring Fork Brewery, in Carbondale, will be celebrating one year in business with a huge party featuring live music all day, five different beer tappings, farm-to-table eats by SILO, raffles, tours, free birthday cake provided by Sunshine & Moons and the announcement of the winner of Roaring Fork’s homebrew competition. The event is free and open for the whole family. For more information, head to

Sunday, March 29  

Chef Instructor Jesper Jonsson from the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Boulder will be headlining the fifth annual Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure benefiting Marillac Clinics. From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today,Jonsson will create cuisine for an exclusive VIP luncheon celebrating the culinary contributions of legendary chef August Escoffier in the Vineyard Ballroom of the Wine Country Inn in Palisade. Then from 1 to 5 p.m., there will be live music, food, wine, spirits, a silent auction and chef demonstrations by Jonsson and executive chef Instructor Graham Mitchell of the Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts. General admission tickets are $75 and tickets to the VIP luncheon are $125. For more on the event click here. For tickets call 970-464-5777. 

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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