Westword Feast Hit the Spot

Last Sunday, September 30, Westword Magazine's annual foodie "Feast" event returned to downtown Denver’s McNichols Building for a few hours of food and booze-infused fun! Over 45 of Westword’s food writers and readers favorite restaurants were there sampling from their menu alongside local and national booze brands.

A VIP ticket offered perks such as early entrance, two private lounge areas (one indoors one outdoors) with an open bar, restrooms, goodie bags, and special food tasting from the Cherry Creek sushi spot Matsuhisa. All the perks were great, but for all those in GA things weren't bad at all! The lines stayed moderate all day, if one table had a long line, you could try back in 30 minutes and it'd be gone. People seemed to congregate together creating hype, and amazingly (as we see this happen all the time at foodie events) none of the restaurants ran out of food until the end! So VIP or not, everyone got the unlimited food and booze samples they were promised, even food samples to go from RxBar, Duke's Smoked Meats & Naked. Another plus, there were plenty of tables, water stations and restrooms for all.

Our favorite bites included the following: Roaming Buffalo BBQ had these (pictured above) tasty tamales with BBQ beef and pork inside. Sugar Fire Smoke House had not only pork belly, but also the most succulent béarnaise beef. Gypsy Q served their Brisket Banh Mi Sandwich and Kimchi Mac & Cheese. Frijoles Colorado served their Cuban Lechon Moro y Maduros (roasted pork with black beans, rice & sweet plantain). Jackdaw, an Irish restaurant we've never heard of showcased superb Corned Beef on homemade sweet soda bread. Milk & Cake and Little Man Ice Cream treated us to scrumptious cupcakes and ice cream.

Photos by Robert Castro Words by Tiffany Candelaria

Westword Delivered a Fabulous Feast (on the cheap!)

Denver dining has evolved over the past twenty years — and so has Westword's celebration of the remarkable culinary scene we have here in Denver. Over the years the names and venues for this culinary food and booze frenzy have changed and this year’s newly named, Feast, was a success! Held Sunday 15th at the McNichols Building in Civic Park, the event offered guests a spectrum of dishes from over forty favorite restaurants selected by Westword food writers and readers. There were also plenty of boozy beverages from 90+ Cellar, Tito's Vodka, Silvercoin & Exotico Tequila, Stranahan's Whiskey, Stella Artois and many others.

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This event did not leave its guests thirsty or sober, and definitely provided plenty of food! We were actually very impressed by how much food each restaurant provided, because with many of these events they tend to gradually close down as they run out of samples. This event stayed strong to the very end and even saw some of the restaurants and local brand booths giving away handfuls of samples to happy guests! We walked away with a bunch of cupcakes from Milk & Cake and jerky from Duke’s, along with a whole bagful of coupons and swag we’d acquired.

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What made this event one of the best food & booze events we’ve been to all year was the fact that general admission tickets were only $25 and really did get you as much as you could eat and drink. You left super full and happy because you weren’t wasting your time standing in long lines or being told they’ve ran out! Guests could truly try everything in the three-hour, or four-hour if you had a VIP ticket, time frame and even enjoy their food while sitting at a table outside. Another factor was the event was spread among three levels of the McNichols building so people weren’t cramped and stayed moving and exploring. It was a much more enjoyable and relaxing experience than most of the food festivals we’ve been to in our tenure.

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Our best bites range from BBQ, to salad, to tacos and sweets; here are the top eight greats:      Pig Out Smokehouse pulled pork & coleslaw, Roaming Buffalo’s pork belly burnt ends & coleslaw, Good Trip’s super smooth coffee, Taste of Thailand’s Northern Thai Garden Salad, Brider’s rotisserie Lamb Leg with couscous, Frijoles Colorado’s plantain with roasted pork, beans and rice, Chuey Fu’s tacos, and La Fillette with a huge selection of French pastries.

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We really hope Westword Feast can repeat this success again next year with its winning combination of great food/restaurants, adequate amounts and variety of food and booze, an enjoyable environment, and affordable (cheap even), ticket prices!

Written by Tiffany Candelaria   Photos by Jared Cody

Artopia | A Collective Showcase of Art, Music, Fashion, & Local Vendors 

The Artopia fashion show was full of local designers and models was a was a high energy showcase of approachable fashion statements. However, the fashionable aspect was lost in many of the audience members and attendants of the event. Has no one gotten the fedora memo? Some audience members were wearing suits, some were wearing jeans, and this was only the beginning of the clearly undefined vision of this event.

Admittedly, the vendor part of this event felt unnecessary.  It fell under the category of another kitschy Denver market where you can find standard Colorado gear, sunglasses, snapbacks, locally made soaps, jewelry, and overpriced, thrifted clothing of course! 

I will say that some of the artists exhibits stood out. But much of the work seemed kitschy, poorly curated, and not representative of what is actually present in the Denver art scene, which is wonderful, progressive art and the people behind it. On the flip side, when the leftover fashion show mess was cleaned up 45 minutes later, live painting began to happen and redeem some of the earlier work we saw. 

A silent disco on the top floor was also a twist we weren't expecting, nor were we expecting it to go so well. Three DJ’s played simultaneously while guests wore headphones that they could tune into any one of the three channels and dance in chaotic synchronization. People danced in synchronized chaos while actual chaos ensued around them.  Too many people and mix of things happening on every floor, made moving around feel like we were cattle being herded, unable to enjoy each element to the fullest.

Live music is a factor that in most scenarios makes everything better, and in this case the variety of genres kept the night lively and evolving. Overall, I think this is an event with a lot of potential if executed better, and we look forward to watchingArtopia evolve.

By Lina Skrzypczak

13 Denver Events That'll Make Your Weekend

FRIDAY, 8/12

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TICKET GIVEAWAY! 

We are looking to give away two tickets for Children of Pop, Curious Wav and Julian Church of Air Dubai at Lost Lake this Friday. Take a selfie with your best friend and Tag @FASORLAb & Ultra5280 to enter! Winners announced Thursday! 

8/12 @ LOST LAKE LOUNGE

Doors open at 8 PM, show starts at 9 PM

 $10  

Buy tickets here.  


BOHEMIAN NIGHTS @ NEWEST FEST: A truly free festival showcasing local Colorado bands in downtown Fort Collins. 

8/12-14, 12 PM- 11 PM 

Get tickets here


SAVE THE ALES: Located in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood with 40+ local breweries, food, and live music. All proceeds from the event go toward Conservation Colorado’s work to protect Colorado’s land, air, water, and people. 

V.I.P. Tasting: 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M.
General Admission: 7:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M.
V.I.P. Tickets: $60, GA Tickets: $35
Designated Driver Tickets: $20

More info here


JACKALOPE ART AND CRAFT FAIR- @ THE SUMMER 2016 CARNATION FESTIVAL

Friday 8/12, 4 PM- Saturday, 8/13 @ 11 PM

@ Anderson Park- 4355 Field St Wheat RidgeCO 80033

The fair will span over a 2-day period on Friday August 12th (4pm-11pm) and Saturday, August 13th (12pm-11pm).  During this time 200+ artisans and crafters will get a chance to feature and sell their work, while giving attendees a chance to meet the maker behind their one of a kind goods. 


THE WHEAT RIDGE CARNATION FESTIVAL: Featuring the Zoppe Circus as the main attraction, the Carnation Festival is one of the oldest and the strongest community festivals in the Mile High. 

8/12 - 8/14 

Events span from 3 PM- 12 AM. 

Check their website for more info. 


TICKET GIVEAWAY! 

QUEENS CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL: 

Two Day Event at City Hall featuring performances by The Gaslamp Killer, Esta., Taylor McFerrin, Masego + Traphouse Jazz Band,  Louie Lastic, Michael Christmas, Chase N. Cashe, Waldo, Reese LaFlare, Trev Rich, Spydatek, Povi, Turner Jackson, Pries, Tnertle + Lily Fangz, Future Heros, CRL CRRLL, Sur Ellz, Kid Astronaut, U.T.I.C.A, LXST BXYS, Jilly.FM, Bigwheel Electrosoul, YaSi, Write Minded, Curci and more.

Tickets range from $35- $60.

All sales are final.

Check out our Instagram to enter our contest for two free festival tickets! 

Purchase tickets here. 

8/12, 7:00 PM- 8/14, 1:30 AM


BROODS @ THE OGDEN

Ages: 16 & Over
Doors Open @ 8:00PM
$22.50 - $25.00
Door Price: $25.00
 Get tickets here


SATURDAY, 8/13

CORONA ELECTRIC BEACH BASH: 

 2 PM - 8 PM
Lincoln St Station Bar and Grill– 776 Lincoln St, Denver, Colorado 80203
 

FREE EVENT, but you MUST RSVP here: info@findyourelectricbeach.com 


TAPPED BREW FEST 

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park
6000 Victory Way, Commerce City, CO 80022

Tapped Brew Fest will feature a giant beer pong tournament and energy flip cup. 50+ breweries will be present, live DJ's and a LED Jenga station. 

Tickets here. 


THE BIG WONDERFUL'S TOP SECRET SHOW

Golf Clap, Ben Silver of Orchard Lounge, Rose Quartz, The Reminders and more. 

Get more info here


THE DENVER FLEA 

8/13- 8/14 10AM-6PM 

Located at City Park 

FREE

More event info here

Support our local creators and businesses. 


HOT AUGUST NIGHTS- 1940's Jazz Themed Dance Party

FREE

1701 Wynkoop Street
DenverCO 80202

5:30 PM- 9:00 PM

A 1940's Jazz themed outdoor dance series at the historic Denver Union Station. The live music and swing dancing activities will take place next to the water fountain on Wyncoop. ZoZo Outdoor is a proud sponsor of the summer dance series.

More info here. 


SUNDAY, 8/14 

TICKET GIVEAWAY! 

TACOLANDIA HOSTED BY WESTWORD

4-7 PM @ Sports Authority Field 

You can grab your tickets during a special presale that starts at 10 a.m. today and ends at 11:59 p.m. Friday here

Check out our Instagram for a chance to win two free tickets to Westword's Tacolandia! 


This giant celebration of Mexican street-style tacos will feature samples from forty-plus restaurants — including El Trompito Taqueria, Tacos Jalisco, Tortas a Toda Madre, La Loma Restaurant, Tamale Kitchen, Yareth’s on 54th, Bubba Chinos, Burrito Giant, El Taco de Mexico, Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Lola Mexican Fish House and Los Chingones, with more to be announced — along with Estrella Jalisco beer, spirits and lots of spicy entertainment, including cars as hot as those tacos.

DISH, Denver's all-inclusive food-and-drink sampling event, returns to Sculpture Park on Sunday, September 25.

DISH, Denver's all-inclusive food-and-drink sampling event, returns to Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Sunday, September 25.

This 22nd annual celebration of the local dining scene will feature 40+ favorite restaurants
of Westword food writers and reader, plus beverage samplings from our exclusive beer sponsor, Stella Artois, and other liquor sponsors, as well as a smokin' area dedicated to barbecue.

Adelitas, Syrup, Little Man Ice Cream, The Real Dill, Aikopops, Onefold, Biker Jim's, Americatus, Interstate Kitchen, Neighbors Wine Bar, Milk & Cake, Brazen, Keenwah, CO, Il Porcellino, The Orange Crunch, Frijoles Colorado, Amore Gelato, Jozi's Kitchen & Sheebeen, and many more will all be dishing samples at DISH.

Presale begins Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. & ends Thursday, July 21 @ 11:59 p.m. Presale Promo Code: ULTRA5280

General Admission Tickets: $30 VIP Tickets: $65

Event Date/Time/Location:

September 25, 2016 11a-3:30p (VIP Reception 11-12:30) Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex Website: westworddish.com

Event Description:

Denver's all-inclusive food-and-drink sampling event returns to Sculpture Park at the Denver Performing Arts Complex on Sunday, September 25.

Celebrating its 22nd year in the market, DISH will feature 40+ favorite restaurants of Westword food writers and readers plus a smokin' area dedicated to barbecue, beverage samplings from our exclusive beer sponsor, Stella Artois, and to-be-announced liquor sponsors.

Participating Restaurants: Adelitas // Syrup // Little Man Ice Cream // The Real Dill // Aikopops // Onefold // Biker Jim’s // Americatus // Interstate Kitchen // Neighbors Wine Bar // Milk & Cake // Brazen // Keenwah, CO // Il Porcellino // The Orange Crunch // Frijoles Colorado // Amore Gelato // Jozi’s Kitchen and Shebeen