Oktoberfest, Craft Spirits Festival, anniversary celebrations and more on this week's culinary calendar

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The Great American Beer Festival might be over, but hold onto those hangovers, because Oktoberfest and Breckenridge's Craft Spirits Festival are still on the agenda. Here's a taste of what's ahead this week in food events:

Monday, October 3:

Colorado Wheat presents Sorghum and Sunflower Field Days in Fort Collins, with tours of various production areas and more at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Visit www.coloradowheat.org.

Tuesday, October 4:

Hyatt Regency Denver, 650 15th Street, hosts the March of Dimes Signature Chefs' Auction; enjoy signature dishes from acclaimed local chefs, and proceeds will benefit March of Dimes pediatric programs. It starts at 6 p.m. and costs $150; call 303-305-1223 or visit www.marchofdimes.com/colorado.

Wednesday, October 5:

Sushi Hai, 3600 West 32nd Avenue, hosts the Young Fund Wine Tasting, with sushi samples, sake, wine and a silent auction to benefit the Young Fund. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $35 to $40; visit www.theyoungfund.org.

ChoLon Modern Asian Bistro, 1555 Blake Street, is hosting an anniversary celebration with a multi-course menu featuring courses by seven of Colorado's top chefs. Call 303-353-5223 or visit www.cholon.com.

Thursday, October 6:

The Denver Broncos ladies-only fan club, Crush, hosts a private party with food from Pizzeria Locale, Aria, Second Home, Le Grand Bistro, Ute City and Syzgy from 5 to 10 p.m.; visit www.denverbroncos.com/fans/crush.html.

Friday, October 7:

The City of Aurora presents a cooking class, Couples Cook: Fall Food & Beer Pairing, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Expo Recreation Center, 10955 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora. Admission is $49 to $114; call 303-326-8630 or visit http://auroragov.org/recreation.

Spruce Mountain, four miles south of Larkspur, is the site of Wines in the Pines, featuring wines paired with appetizers, live music, a raffle and a silent auction; it's a benefit for Douglas County Partners and Douglas County Veterans Monument Foundation. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m. and costs $49. Visit www.wineinthepines.org.

The second annual Breckenridge Craft Spirits Festival: Still on the Hill features tastings of handcrafted spirits, restaurant specials, a pub crawl and more through Saturday, October 8. Visit www.gobreck.com/spirits-festival.

Helga's German Restaurant & Deli, 14197 East Exposition Avenue in Aurora, hosts Oktoberfest through Sunday, October 9, featuring music, folk dancers, games, wine tastings, cultural demonstrations and more. Call 303-344-5488 or visit www.helgasdeli.com.

Saturday, October 8:

Aar River Gallery, 3707 West 73rd Avenue in Westminster, presents the Historic Westminster Orchard Festival, featuring a bake-off in pies, cakes, cookies, breads, jams and jellies. It starts at 10 a.m., and entry is $5 per item; call 303-426-4114.

Sunday, October 9:

Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue Parkway, presents the Quick and the Bread: Quick Bread Throwdown. It's a free cooking demo/battle between four chefs who are facing off for best quick bread. It runs from 1:30 to 3 p.m. and is free to attend, but reservations are encouraged; visit www.denverlibrary.org/fresh or call 720-865-1206.

Denver Harvest Week 2011 (running through Sunday, October 13) will feature five dinners at the GrowHaus, each prepared by an array of chefs from different EatDenver restaurants, plus specials and more. Visit http:// eatdenver.com/community/overview/harvest-week/.

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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