Culinary Calendar: Nine Great Food and Drink Events This Weekend — and Beyond

Support beer and bocce.
Support beer and bocce. Brandon Marshall
What will you decide to spend your weekend dollars on? Put your money where your mouth is this weekend to support veganism, job training for low-income women and immigrant advocacy; you'll have the opportunity to contribute to good causes while having a great time. And if you just support beer, barbecue and bars — well, there's something for you, too. Here are the nine best food and drink events for July 21 through July 23, plus a few upcoming ideas beyond the weekend that you won't want to miss.

Friday, July 21
Firestone Walker Brewing Co. retired its beloved Double Jack IPA last year, but is taking the opportunity to roll out some new IPAs, and the latest, Adversus, will debut at Rhein Haus on Friday, July 21. Brave the endless stream of LoDo revelers at 1415 Market Street for pours of the new beer, as well as excellent housemade Teutonic fare (this German joint won our 2017 Best German/Eastern European Restaurant award). The party kicks off at 6 p.m., and there's no need to make reservations.

Also on Friday, July 21, the Palm Restaurant will be celebrating its 21st anniversary with free lobster — sort of. The restaurant's usual lobster special will be a little heavier tonight, weighing in at five pounds instead of four. So customers will be able to indulge in five pounds of lobster (portioned for two), two starters and one family-style side for $99. Call ahead to make sure you score a seat: 303-825-7256.

click to enlarge Arvada on Tap 2016. - DANIELLE LIRETTE
Arvada on Tap 2016.
Danielle Lirette
Saturday, July 22
Looking for validation of your vegan-ness? VegFest Colorado is your jam. Jefferson County Fairgrounds, 15200 West 6th Avenue in Golden, is hosting the plant-based festival on Saturday, July 22 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sunday, July 23 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Whether you already eschew animal products or are just curious about the lifestyle, you can take advantage of food samples, cooking demos, kids' activities, a passel of vendors, and multiple speakers; check out the website for details. Online ticket sales have already ended, but you can still get in for $10 at the door (kids sixteen and under get in free.)

If you've let your summer slip past without having a party in the park, now's your chance to enjoy a warm day among friends and neighbors. Add beer and barbecue, and you've got the perfect July event. That's what you'll find at Arvada on Tap: A Craft Beer and BBQ Fest, which the Arvada Visitors Center will host at the Ralston Park Addition, 11200 Ralston Road in Arvada. The fun kicks off at noon on Saturday, July 22, and runs until 7 p.m., with beers on tap from more than 25 brewers, a national barbecue competition with samples available from dozens of competitive cooks, and an amateur brewing contest with awards to be given by members of the Beer Judging Certification Program. Tokens for food and beer can be purchased at the festival, and there will be additional food trucks and carts to supplement the barbecue offerings. Bring a little extra cash to support community vendors offering a range of crafts, clothing, jewelry and barbecue supplies. Tickets are $8 in advance at, or $10 at the door. Happy feasting!

Eating outside is one of Colorado's favorite pastimes — devoted Denver diners will do it year round (thank God for 300 days of sunshine). But dining al fresco is a better bet in the summer, and on Saturday, July 22, Larimer Square (the 1400 block of Larimer Street) will be closed off to accommodate guests of the restaurants that line the street (Russell's Smokehouse, Ocean Prime, Rioja and Bistro Vendôme, among others). Sit under the stars and eat and drink to your heart's content. Seatings run from 5 to 10 p.m., and reservations are required; call the restaurant of your choice directly to make yours. For a complete list of participating eateries, go to

A castle full of queens will be working it for Work Options for Women at the Bold and the Beautiful, a drag show fundraiser on Saturday, July 22. Join the ladies at Blush & Blu, 1526 East Colfax Avenue, from 9 to 11:30 p.m. for an evening of philanthropy, fishiness and fabulous outfits. Tickets can be purchased in advance at (a mere $8 — surely you can find that under your couch cushions) or at the door ($10).

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Amy Antonation knows that street tacos are infinitely superior to tacos that come covered in squiggles of crema, and she will stab you with her knitting needles if you try to convince her otherwise.
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