Boats, beer and books on the culinary calendar this weekend

Categories: Things To Do

Nathalia Velez
Chefs at a Rocky Ford Cantaloupes Cook-Off in August.
In the fields at Rocky Ford.The big food news: Colorado cantaloupe season kicks off today, when pickers hit the fields to start harvesting Rocky Ford cantaloupes. "We love it when people come experience our famous cantaloupes at one of our grower's markets, but those who can't make it to Rocky Ford will find fresh field-ripened melons at King Soopers, City Market, Safeway and Whole Foods over the next six weeks," promises Michael Hirakata, president of the Rocky Ford Growers Association.

In the meantime, there's plenty to eat and drink in Denver this weekend.

See also:
- Ten festivals you don't want to miss this summer
- Photos: Colorado Dragon Boat Festival 2012
- Photos: Winter Brew Fest at Mile High Station

Friday, July 26:

The Old Town Parker Wine Walk is taking place this evening on Mainstreet in Parker. For $15 you will get a signature wine-tasting glass and 10 tokens for 10 wine samples, as well as coupons and deals from Parker business owners. You can buy tickets online or at the start of the event at 19590 East Mainstreet. For more information call

Photo by Christopher Morgan.

Enjoy unlimited beer tastings at the Summer Brew Fest at Mile High Station, 2027 West Lower Colfax Street, from 7 to 10 p.m. tonight. The fest will celebrate 125 brews from over 45 craft breweries; there will be food, live local music and other vendors on hand, too. General admission tickets are $30 in advance, and $35 at the door (cash only). VIP tickets ($40 in advance, $45 at the door) get you in at 6 p.m. for an extra power hour. Find more information here.

Saturday, July 27:

Kids getting bored of summer? Send them to Tamarac Turnips, a free interactive cooking class from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Whole Foods Market Tamarac. where they'll learn to make such cooling snacks as slushies, banana ice cream and cucumber boats. To reserve a spot for your child, stop by the store at 7400 East Hampden Avenue or call the customer-service desk at 303-488-2000.

Get some education yourself today at the Denver Central Library, 10 West 14th Avenue, where from 10:30 am. to noon chef Shellie Kark will teach how to become more conscious of food in the lecture "Better Living Through Ignoring Chemistry: How to Stop Being Part of a Dangerous Experiment." After the class, the library will show the documentary Hungry for Change at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free; for more information, call 720-865-1206 or go to the DPL website.

Colorado's Dragon Boat Festival at Sloan's Lake Park.
Saturday, July 27-Sunday, July 28

Colorado's Dragon Boat Festival is once again taking over Sloan's Lake this weekend with 54 dragon-boat teams. But the races are just part of the fun. There will also be live entertainment and vendors -- including many food vendors in the Taste of Asia Food Pavilion.

And at 3 p.m. July 27, the judges -- Lori Midson, Jeff Osaka of twelve and Mary Nguyen of Parallel 17 -- will pick the best entree, best dessert and best in show at the pavilion. And this year, they'll also choose the Dragon's Choice for the best dragon-themed dish!

Keep reading for a list of the Taste of Asia Food Pavilion vendors.

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