Colorado Food: Biggest BBQ party ever in metro area

Taste a Michael David 2010 Ancient Vine Cinsault in Steamboat

TheTelluride Mushroom Festival is Aug. 16-19 in that southwest Colorado mountain town. The Creede Mushroom Foray is Aug. 17-19. The Buena Vista King Boletus Mushroom Festival is Aug. 20-21. (Courtesy photo)

The First Annual Big Denver Barbecue Block Party, Aug. 4-5, Skyline Park, Denver. Information: bigbbqblockparty.org/denver. Details: New York City’s iconic barbecue event branches out for the first time. Barbecue stars from all over the nation are coming including Drew Robinson of Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Denver and Aurora and chef Jake Linzinmeier of Telluride Ski Resort

Steamboat Wine Festival, Aug. 2–5. Information: steamboatwinefestival.com. Details: From 11 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Aug. 3 attendees will taste Jessie’s Grove 2006 Ancient Vine Carignane, Klinker Brick’s 2010 Farrah Syrah, McCay Cellars 2008 Petite Sirah, Michael David 2010 Ancient Vine Cinsault and Van Ruiten’s 011 Pinot Grigio

Civic Center Eats, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Civic Center Park, Denver. Information: civiccenterconservancy.org. Details: Dine at the metro area’s growing fleet of food trucks

Growing Gardens Dinner, Aug. 4, Hawthorn Gardens, Boulder. Information: growinggardens.org. Details: Five-course dinner with fare from eight local chefs using local produce and meats benefits the Cultiva Youth Project

Japanese Tea Ceremony, Aug. 5, Denver Botanic Gardens. Reservations: botanicgardens.org. Details: Tokiyo Imanaka leads a traditional Japanese tea ceremony

FOOD CLASSES

Cooking Techniques, Sept. 22, Expo Recreation Center, Aurora. Information: auroragov.org/cooking. Details: Learn searing, roasting, braising, sautéing, poaching and deglazing

FOOD & WINE EVENTS

Cherry Creek North 4th Annual Food & Wine, Aug. 11, Fillmore Plaza, Cherry Creek North. Information: cherrycreeknorth.com. Details: Tastes from Continental Deli, Enstrom Candies, Hapa Sushi Grill, Margs Taco Bistro, Second Home Kitchen & Bar and many others

FARMERS MARKETS

Fitz 21 Farmers Market, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays, 22nd Street and N. Ursula, Aurora

Havana Exchange Farmers Market, 10 a.m-3 p.m. Mondays, Havana and Yale, Aurora

Southwest Plaza Farmers Market, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, Southwest Plaza, Littleton

ON THE RADIO

Radio Nibbles, 8:25 a.m. Thursdays, KGNU (88.5 FM, 1390 AM, and KGNU.org). Details: Weekly chat about all things culinary in Colorado (and the world) with Colorado Table Editor John Lehndorff

The Main Course, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, KEZW, 1430 AM. Details: Host Elizabeth Woessner talks food and dining with guests and callers

COLORADO FOOD INFORMATION

To find farmers markets across the state visit coloradoagriculture.com/farmfresh and denverfarmersmarket.com/locations.htm.

For more information on Colorado’s agricultural products, farmers markets and events, download a copy of the Colorado Farm Fresh Directory at coloradoagriculture.com/farmfresh

Send information about food events, classes, festivals, wine dinners and tours in the metro area and all over Colorado to: jlehndorff@aol.com

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