Colorado Food Calendar: Labor Day eats at The Taste and the State Fair

Celebrate National Toasted Marshmallow Day (Aug. 30), Eat Outside Day (Aug. 31), National Trail Mix Day (Aug. 31), National Welsh Rarebit Day (Sept. 3), and National Macadamia Nut Day (Sept. 4)

By JOHN LEHNDORFF Colorado Table Editor
The Colorado Pork and Hops Challenge, Sept. 7-8 at Lincoln Park in Grand Junction, centers around a barbecue competition with $20,000 in prize money featuring 50 teams from across the country. Attendees get to sample the ‘cue, sip serious beer infused with select hops (above), and listen to bands including The Gin Blossoms. Information: porknhops.com. (Courtesy photo)

Book signing, Aug. 30, Dry Dock Brewing, Aurora. Information: drydockbrewing.com. Details: Book signing and tasting for Ed Sealover’s “Mountain Brew: A Guide to Colorado’s Breweries”

Green Chile Championship: Information: coloradostatefair.com. Details: Torch-bearing cooks have until Aug. 30 to enter the Green Chili Championship and Aug. 31 for the Salsa Challenge at the Colorado State Fair through Sept. 3 in Pueblo

Taste of Colorado, Aug. 31-Sept. 3, Civic Center Park, Denver. Information: atasteofcolorado.com. Details: Annual end-of-summer celebration features lots of food on a stick, culinary demonstrations and tastings, and free music

Labor Day Cajun Cookout, noon-5 p.m. Sept. 3, Gold Hill Inn, Gold Hill. Information: goldhillinn.com. Details: Three bands and food including panfried catfish and jambalaya with sides

UPCOMING FOOD & WINE EVENTS

Hatch Chile Fest, Sept. 1-2, Hatch, New Mexico. Information: hatchchilefest.com. Details: Top annual attraction for spicy food lovers

Denver Food and Wine Classic, Sept. 6-8, Metro State campus, Denver. Information: denverfoodandwine.com. Details. Multi-course dinners, tastings, and samples from more than 30 restaurants

Fall Festival of Beers & Chili Cook-Off, Sept. 8, Crested Butte. Information: cbchamber.com. Details: 13th annual event includes 20 breweries, live music, chili taste-off

Flatiron Chef Local Food Cookoff, Sept. 13, Spice of Life Event Center, Boulder. Information: flatironchef.dojiggy.com. Details: Farm-to-table competition and dinner features chefs including Kyle Mendenhall, The Kitchen; Judges include Colorado Table editor John Lehndorff

ON THE RADIO

The Restaurant Show, 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, 950 AM and 103.1 FM. Details: Warren Byrne takes calls on the longest-running local dining show

Gabby Gourmet, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays, KHOW, 630 AM. Details: Pat Miller talks eateries

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 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

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

For more information about food events, festivals, tastings, tours, markets and more, visit Colorado Table: aurorasentinel.com/colorado-table.

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

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