Colorado Food Calendar: Fest fare features Asian, Irish and French flavors, String Cheese ale



Celebrate National Apple Turnover Day (July 5), National Fried Chicken Day (July 6), National Strawberry Sundae Day (July 7), National Sugar Cookie Day (July 9), and National Blueberry Muffin Day (July 11).


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


The City of Aurora offers cooking classes at the Expo Recreation Center including Hand Roll Sushi Party for kids 12-16, July 31. Learn to make hand roll, California roll, miso soup and okonomiyaki. Information:


Bastille Day Celebration, July 14, Denver Botanic Gardens. Information: Details: French wine, Belgian beer and fare from Le Grand Bistro, Crêpes ’n Crêpes and other restaurants

Kyle’s Brew Fest, July 28, Boulder Beer Co., Boulder. Information: Details: Taste String Cheese Incident’s Kyle Hollingsworth’s summer seasonal beer, Hoopla Pale Ale, plus 60 local and national craft brews

Colorado Irish Festival, July 13-15, Clement Park, Littleton. Information: Details: Sample traditional Irish fare

Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, July 28-29, Sloan’s Lake, Denver. Information: Details: Unmatched gathering of diverse Asian cuisines to taste in one place

Denver County Fair, Aug. 10-12, National Western Complex, Denver. Information: Details: Start planning to enter your best food items in the fair’s contests

Cherry Creek North Food & Wine, Aug. 11, Denver. Information: Details: Cooking classes, wine dinners at restaurants, an outdoor grand tasting and appropriate beverages


The big Great American Beer Festival does not take place until Oct. 11-13 at the Colorado Convention Center. However, tickets in recent years have sold out completetly well ahead of the event. Tickets go on sale Aug. 2. Information: (Photo courtesy Brewers Association)


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: Restaurant guide book author Pat Miller talks eateries


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• If you love the Aurora’s world of dining, be sure to vote soon for your favorite thin-crust pizza, sushi, brunch, steaks, barbecue ribs, Korean BBQ, supermarket, wine list and bakery in the city in the Aurora Sentinel’s debut Grade A Awards. Look for the online ballot at: