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Twenty Tastiest Events on the Culinary Calendar in Denver June 13-17

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Thursday, June 16 

The Town of Frisco’s 23rd annual Colorado BBQ Challenge will be smoking all weekend long. Today through Saturday, you can dig into top-notch barbecue from over seventy national barbecue masters. In addition to all the 'cue, the event will feature seven bands, pig races, kids’ activities, the second annual Fire Fighter Cook Off, food sampling and demos, the Breckenridge Distillery Whiskey Tour, the Bacon Burner 6k and more. Admission is free, but you'll want to bring cash for food and drinks. Visit townoffrisco.com for all the details.  

Gastronauts are heading to the hills for Aspen Food and Wine, and the Heritage Fire, which takes place today from 4 to 8:30 p.m. in Snowmass, will add fuel to the fire.  The live-fire feast will showcase over fifty chefs, butchers and reps of farms, distilleries, wineries and breweries, all working to turn 3,500 pounds of heritage-breed beef, pig, lamb, goat, lobster, squab, rabbit, duck, chicken, oysters and heirloom vegetables into a feast for the ages. Tickets are $125 for general admission and $200 for VIP; get yours and find more information at cochon555.com

Get wild during Do at the Zoo today. The annual fundraising event will feature food and drinks from over sixty of Denver's top restaurants, dancing, -animal encounters and more. Tickets to the Do, which kicks off at 7 p.m. at the Denver Zoo, are $175 per person. You can find tickets and more information at denverzoo.org. Proceeds from the event will benefit the zoo and all of its daily operations, including the care and feeding of nearly 4,000 animals.   

Adelitas Cocina y Cantina is hosting the Nuestra Soledad & El Jolgario One Night in Oaxaca dinner, starting at 7 p.m. tonight. Tickets are $75; find out more at adelitasdenver.com.

Friday, June 17 

Abend Gallery Fine Arts is hosting a young professionals' networking and blind wine-tasting event to support Dirt Coffee Bar, a nonprofit coffee truck with a mission of training and employing young adults with autism in Denver. The benefit will run from 6 to 9 p.m., and tickets are $35. Get your ticket and all the details here

Renegade Brewing Company, in partnership with Museo de las Americas, is holding a meet-and-greet with artist Saner, aka Edgar Flores, from 6 to 8 p.m. today. Your $25 ticket will get you access to a traditional taco bar and one beer; $1 from additional beer purchases will be donated to the Museo. Grab your ticket at museo.org

LUPEC (Ladies United for the Preservation of Endangered Cocktails) is hosting the Amazing Traveling Silent Auction to benefit the Prom Dress Exchange every Friday through June at a different Denver location. Today the ladies will make a stop at Finn's Manor from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, check out the event's Facebook page.

A new event in the Cochon lineup, the Late Nite Asian Speakeasy Popup, will feature six star chefs from Washington, D.C., serving a five-course, Asian-inspired meal with wine pairings. The event takes place from 9 p.m. to midnight at Snowmass; tickets are $125. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Piggy Bank, a farm devoted to giving free heritage-breed pigs to family farmers. Find tickets and more information at cochon555.com

Old Town Lafayette's Art Night Out returns today. The street festival, which runs from 5 to 9 p.m. every third Friday of the month through September along Public Road from Emma to Cannon streets, highlights local bands, beers, food and artists, with free children’s activities, a wine-and-beer garden, and six food trucks. Various Old Town restaurants, shops, galleries and coffee shops will offer live music, art demonstrations and more in conjunction with the Art Night Out events. For more information, click here

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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