Seven Special Culinary Events This Weekend

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Denver is gearing up for the holidays and there is plenty of cheer, beer, films, and festivals to go around this weekend. The Sie FilmCenter will be screening a holiday favorite, a local confectioners factory will be transformed into a sweet winter wonderland, you can dine with Santa and plenty more tasty events this weekend in the Culinary Calendar. Keep reading for more.

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Friday, December 12

Devil's Thumb Ranch is holding a Holiday Beer Pairing Dinner tonight with Great Divide Brewery. The three-course dinner will be paired with three Great Divide Beers; tickets are $39 at 970-726-7013.

POSTPONED: Festivus came to Boulder last weekend and today the locals-only beer festival lands in Fort Collins. From 6:30 to 10 p.m., Festivus will be pouring Fort Collins beers and booze to the sounds of local bands. Tickets are $40; get yours here.

Yippee ki yay Mister Falcon, prepare to get blasted as you enjoy one of the most action-packed holiday movies of all time. Tonight the Sie FilmCenter will be screening Die Hard as a part of Films on Tap, and every one-liner, explosion and kill will be punctuated by a shot as part of a drinking game for the night. The film starts at 9:30 p.m.; tickets are $10 or $7 for Denver Film Society members -- and the first fifty people in the door get a free beer courtesy of Breckenridge Brewery. For tickets and more info, visit denverfilm.org.

Today and tomorrow, Hammond's Candies will be the scene of the annual Hammond's Candy Cane Festival. The holiday fest will feature train rides, bounce castles, carolers, horse-drawn carriages, cookie decorating, games, crafts, free photo opportunities with Santa and Mrs. Claus and even peeks inside the factory. The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow. Admission is free; for more information click here.

Saturday, December 13

The Broadmoor is hosting a Holiday Chocolate Festival today from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. This festive chocolate festival will feature live music, contests, Santa Claus, a full day of stage activities and nearly sixty booths of chocolate, wine, sweets and holiday gifts, open for sales and sampling. Admission is $5 and tasting tickets are ten for $10. For more information, head over to holidaychocolatefestival.com.

Class will be in session at Luca today from noon to 2 p.m. for the Wine Class Series: Rocks, Dirt, Sun, Grapes - Cabernet Sauvignon. In this seminar, guests will explore the effects of where grapes are grown and how terroir affects the taste of wine by examining multiple examples of the same grape from vastly different soil structures: Napa hillsides, Washington deserts and French swamps. Class includes light snacks, wine and gratuity; tuition is $50. Call Luca at 303-832-6600 to make a reservation.

Sunday, December 14

EDGE Restaurant & Bar will play host to a very special guest for brunch this morning: Jolly St. Nick, who'll be bringing a Christmas storyteller and sweet treats. Guests are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to the Denver Santa Claus Shop. Breakfast, which will be served from 9 a.m. to noon, is $35 for adults and $25 for kids.

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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