Sculpture Park was the scene of Denver's Top Taco competition yesterday, and tacos will be the talk of the town again this weekend. The fully loaded culinary calendar also includes a wing competition, a food truck fiesta, a boozy punch contest and more. Keep reading for a rundown of these tasty activities.
Friday, June 27
The Colorado Mountain Club is holding an evening of lawn games, bluegrass music, barbeque and beer at the American Mountaineering Center from 5:30 to 9 p.m. tonight: the Backyard Benefit for the Youth Education Program. Tickets are $25 and you can get yours here.
Head to the parking lot of Our Mutual Friend Malt & Brew, 2830 Larimer Street, from 6 to 10 p.m. tonight for the Final Friday Food Truck Fiesta. The truck party will feature eight food trucks plus beer, salsa dancing, kids' activities, the Denver Fashion Truck, a DJ, a bike raffle and more. Entrance to the event is free; visit the events Facebook page for more information.
Tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. La Tour Restaurant and Bar in Vail will host a happy hour food and beer pairing with Bonfire Brewery. Tickets are $40, and include eight courses with beer pairings. To view the menu click here; call 970-476-4403 to make your happy hour reservations.
Saturday, June 28
The Denver Taco Festival will be heating up Infinite Monkey Theorem today and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. This taco fiesta will feature tacos, tequila, Chihuahua races, lucha libre wrestlers imported from Mexico, a full-contact hot-pepper-eating trivia challenge, and live bands. Tickets are $12 in advance and $14 at the door for general admission, $20 for Tequila Expo Entrance and $89 for VIP. For more information, go to denvertacofestival.com or call 320-420-3230.
Sunday, June 29
Whiskey and Wings flies into Ace today. This wing competition will feature some of Denver's best chefs competing for the title of Denver's First Wing King. In addition to tasting some sizzling wings and sipping a little whiskey, guests will also have the opportunity to enter a charity wing eating contest and ping-pong tournament for great prize packages. Tickets are $45 and you can snag yours at acedenver.com, where you will also find more info and the complete lineup of participating chefs. Proceeds will benefit the Denver Housing Authority's Youth Culinary Academy.
COCHON 555's Punch Kings Competition will be taking over The Curtis downtown from 4 to 8 p.m. today. This highly-spirited event is the culmination of the competitions that took place in ten cities across the U.S. throughout the year; ten winning barkeeps will compete by preparing their award-winning recipes of boozy punch using Breckenridge Bourbon. Tickets are $55 for general admission and $100 for VIP; buy yours here.
Get a taste of Dorchester Social Eatery, which will open next month, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Clear Creek Organics fifteen-acre farm tonight. In partnership with Pressery and Long I Pie, Dorchester's executive chef Michel Wahaltere will create a farm-fresh menu, incorporating fresh produce from Clear Creek with local Colorado meat and sustainable fish from Skuna Bay. Pressery will serve signature juice cocktails during a farm tour and guests are encouraged to bring their favorite bottle of wine. Glasses and ice buckets will be provided. Tickets are $65; reserve a spot and find more information here.
Peter Rosback will be the guest of honor at a Sineann winemaker dinner at Ya Ya's tonight. The meal will feature four courses with wine pairings, plus a dessert course. Reservations are $100; make yours by calling 303-741-1110.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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