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Twenty Tastiest Events on Denver's Culinary Calendar for June 3-5

After a short work week, this weekend is long on fun and crammed with culinary events — from free doughnuts to farmers' markets to special dinners. Keep reading for all the tasty details.

Friday, June 3

In celebration of National Donut Day, Dunkin' Donuts locations around Denver will be offering a free donut of your choice with any beverage purchase. The offer is good all day long. Contact your nearest Dunkin' Donuts for more information.  Meanwhile, Einstein Bros. Bagels is celebrating National Donut Day by handing out free bagels. You can enjoy a complimentary family pack of bagels from 9 to noon (while supplies last) just by ordering through the chain's UberEATS app. The delivery will feature six of Einstein’s Twist N’ Dip bagels with two signature shmears. For details, contact your nearest Einstein Bagels, and click here for more freebies.

LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) will host the Amazing Traveling Silent Auction to benefit the Prom Dress Exchange every Friday through June at a different Denver location. Today it will make a stop from 5 to 7 p.m. at Mell’s Cheese in Highland, where participants can get a passport. Anyone who gets their passport stamped at all four events will get a free Deep Eddy cocktail at the last location, Gary Lee’s. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

The Lobby is teaming up with Breckenridge Brewery to present its third annual Crawfish Boil today, from 6 to 9 p.m. This year's boil will feature fresh crawfish flown in from Louisiana, along with mussels, clams, shrimp and all the fixin's. There will also be a DJ, plenty of brews, a drunken coloring book contest and more. A $40 ticket nets all you can eat, three beers and coloring materials; purchase yours here.  

Chef-driven cutlery purveyor Coutelier will have a pop-up shop at the Source from 5 to 9 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and on Sunday during the Slow Food Farmers' Market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. New Orleans-based Coutelier will be selling hand-forged Japanese, French and American knives, perfect for professional chefs and serious home cooks alike. For more on Coutelier, click here.  

Today and tomorrow, Mizuna will celebrate fifteen years serving Denver, by offering a special five-course dinner with wine pairings. The birthday menu is set at $200 per person. You can make reservations — which are required — and learn more by calling the restaurant at 303-832-4778.

Southside Bar and Kitchen will show the first match of the Copa America Centenario — USA vs. Colombia — today, and will feature $2 Big Fish tacos all night. The bar will show every Copa America match. Contact Southside at 303-981-9720 for more information.  

Keep reading for events on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, June 4 

The Union Station Farmers' Market — a partnership between Denver Union Station and the award-winning Boulder County Farmers' Market — brings locally grown produce, locally produced food products and more to downtown Denver starting today. The first market will feature vegetable tastings, Market Bucks giveaways and a chef demo by Chef Peter Varkonyi of Beast + Bottle. You can browse the market every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. through October 22. For all the details, visit

The seventh annual Burning Can Beerfest will bring fifty breweries to Bohn Park in Lyons today. From 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., visitors can sample more than 200 beers, watch a variety of outdoor sporting events during the Lyons Outdoor Games, enjoy live music and much more. For information and tickets, $45 in advance and $50 at the gate, visit

Uncorked Kitchen's 21 for Everyone wine-tasting series continues today with a focus on the wines of South America. The educational tasting will highlight 21 wines from Chile, Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Tickets to the event, which runs from 4 to 6 p.m., are $36; get yours and learn more here.

The Four Seasons Outdoor Farmers' Market gets under way today with special musical guest the Kindred Spirits. The season opener runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and the market will continue every Saturday. For more information, check out

Chef Jorel Pierce will once again lead a Stoic & Genuine School of Fish cooking class from 10 a.m. to noon today.  This month's class will focus on soft-shell crabs and Maryland stripers. During the two-hour class, you’ll learn the history, economic importance and cooking techniques that apply to both of the class's subjects, and you'll get to enjoy lunch. School of Fish is held on the first Saturday of every month in the Stoic & Genuine kitchen. Tuition for the course is $70; save your spot by RSVPing to [email protected] 

TheBigWonderful is popping up in Aurora at the Stanley Marketplace today from noon to 8 p.m. The event will feature the usual fun, food, music and shopping you've come to expect from TBW, all in a new setting. Tickets are $5 for general admission and $15 for VIP; grab yours here.

The charitable Confluence Tap Handle is moving to its new home at Los Tacos today, and the restaurant is celebrating with a launch party at 6 p.m. During its stay, the Confluence Tap will be pouring Renegade Brewing Company's Redacted Rye IPA, and $1 from every pint sold will go to A Precious Child to support its work with disadvantaged and displaced children and families in Colorado. For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.

Black Shirt Brewing will host Shane Burke, who will be playing live music along with special guest Tomás Gorrio, from 7 to 10 p.m. today Grab a beer, kick back and enjoy the free show. For more information, contact BSB at 303-993-2799.   

Tamayo wants to get Denver pedaling for the restaurant's Bike2Brunch deals. From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month, you will receive complimentary guacamole for the table, as well as a 20 percent discount at Timbuk2 across the street, just for riding your bike to brunch. Tamayo will also be offering its bottomless margarita brunch, which includes unlimited small plates and free-flowing brunch cocktails, for $39. Bike2Brunch will run through Labor Day weekend. For more information, contact Tamayo at 720-946-1433.

The 45th annual People's Fair, an event put on by Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (CHUN), will take over Civic Center Park today and tomorrow. This year, the Fair will feature more than eighty Colorado-based bands and performance groups, 85 artists and more than 50 local craft beers. The festivities will be in full swing from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, visit
Sunday, June 5 

The Slow Food Farmers' Market once again pops up at The Source from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The weekly market features interactive and educational programming, culinary and cocktail-making demonstrations, guest vendors and in-store special events within the Source’s retailers. This week the market will also be the scene for the debut of City Pretzel, a new concept from Rosenberg’s Bagels & Delicatessen owner Joshua Pollack, which will bring East Coast pretzel culture to Denver via an electric tuk tuk. For more information, visit

Luca encourages you to Eat (Red) to help fight HIV in newborns, tonight during the restaurant's charity dinner. The Eat (Red) Pasta Dinner will kick off at 5 p.m. with a cocktail reception followed by a seated family-style dinner at 6. You can enjoy four pasta dishes paired with a house red, and all of the $65 cost will go to support (Red). For reservations and more information, call 303-832-6600. 

Denver has a new food market: FOODIES Festival Market will kick off its inaugural season at 9 a.m. today at the new Belleview Station. The market will feature a variety of food and food products, live music, a dining tent with community tables, craft beer and wine, fine art and crafts, family activities and more. Best of all, you'll be giving back to the community while you shop; each week the market will work with a local nonprofit partner and will donate a portion of daily sales. The event is free to attend and will take place every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. though October. Get all the details here.

KOSI 101.1 presents classic films and tasty brunch offerings twice a month at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. Today the theater will screen Gone With the Wind at 11 a.m. Tickets are $40 and include brunch, a cocktail, and exclusive shopping deals at Aspen Grove. Get tickets at

For more Food & Drink events, go to our online calendar. If you know of an event that should be included in that calendar, send information to [email protected]

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