Whiskey, tequila and a soup swap on this weekend's culinary calendar

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This weekend, Estes Park will debut its newest event: The Whiskey Winter Warm Up. The festivities will stretch over four days and feature a mix of both family and adult-oriented activities, including whiskey tastings and a free-entrance day at Rocky Mountain National Park. The fun kicks off tonight with dinner specials and live music throughout Estes Park; adults can ditch the kids and stay warm while sipping various Colorado-made whiskeys at the Whiskey Warm Up Tasting Event, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Riverside Plaza and also features special handmade stogies and a 1940s inspired band, The Hot Club of Pearl Street. On Monday, Rocky Mountain National Park will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by offering free entrance; local outfitters will have winter toys for rent. Advance tickets to the Whiskey Warm Up are $45 or $80 per pair; to find more information and register, go to theVisit Estes Park website.

Keep reading for more events on this weekend's culinary calendar.

See also: The Westword 2014 Food and Drink Bucket List: #5-1

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18 The creative crafters of Mile High Swappers are hosting a Soup Swap exchange at the Savory Spice shop at 2041 Broadway in Boulder from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today. All forms of soup, as well as accompaniments, are welcome; the only rules are that dishes must be homemade, homegrown or home-brewed -- and no cash exchanges hands. Interested guests can register on the Mile High Swappers site

Join Denver Gourmet Tours from 6 to 8 p.m. today in Highlands Square for a fiesta walking tour that will travel to three of Denver's taco bars -- and don't forget the tequila! Tickets are $55 per person and can be purchased online.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 19 Foodie Call Catering will host a pop-up brunch today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, with dishes ranging from caramelized apple French toast to chicken and waffles. You won't have to sit in a noisy restaurant while attempting to nurse that Sunday hangover; this brunch special is take-out only. Novo Coffee will also be in the house to pour its locally roasted coffee. See the full menu on the Foodie Call website.

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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