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Hops, handrails and prom this weekend on the culinary calendar

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Whether you are into snowboarding or beer or saving cute little animals by dancing the night away, there is something for everyone on the culinary calendar for everyone this weekend.

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Friday, March 28

As Colorado Craft Beer Week draws to a close, Avery is tapping one of its most requested Tap Room Exclusive beers: Lilikoi Kepolo, a Belgian-style white ale with Hawaiian passionfruit, from 5 to 11 p.m. at its tap room in Boulder.

Saturday, March 29

Hops and Handrails is back for its second year, and bigger then the first edition. The multi-brewery beer and snowboarding event has expanded its lineup of beer vendors from 24 to 37, as well as upping the stakes with its ramps and rails. Pro and amateur riders alike will be competing for cash prizes while spectators enjoy food, beer and even a mini-terrain park for the kids. Tickets for the event are $30 with beer and $10 without. The beer fest will run from noon to 4 p.m. and the rail jam from 1 to 5 p.m. at Left Hand Brewery in Longmont. To find out more, visit the Left Hand website.

Don your finest duds -- no leather, please -- and head down to the Mercury Cafe tonight for Vegan Prom. Put on by Nooch Vegan Market, the third round of the prom will feature live music and a DJ as well as vegan food, drinks, a prom photographer and plenty of dancing. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door; profits from the evening will benefit the Peaceful Prairie Animal Sanctuary.

Sunday, March 30

Nitza Mendoza, executive chef of the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables, Florida will be the headliner for this year's Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure. Along with many of Colorado's finest chefs, Mendoza will be putting on cooking demonstrations all day for the food and drink event. Tickets are $75 for general admission and $125 for VIP, and you can buy them here. Festivities kick off at 1 p.m. today at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade.

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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