Food Calendar: National Cheesecake Day, pie eating contest, tea cocktails

New York City’s iconic barbecue event (above) is branching out for the first time with the debut Big Denver Barbecue Block Party Aug. 4 and 5 at Skyline Park in Denver. Details: (Courtesy photo).


Celebrate National Crème Brûlée Day (July 27), National Cheesecake Day (July 30), Cotton Candy Day (July 31), National Raspberry Cream Pie Day (August 1), and National Ice Cream Sandwich Day (August 2).


Arapahoe County Fair, through July 29, Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, 25690 E. Quincy Ave., Aurora. Information: Details: Activities include Baked Pie Contest (July 26), Pie Eating Contest (July 27), and Chocolate Cake Contest (July 28)

13th Annual Rocky Mountain Tea Festival, July 28-29, Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, Boulder. Information: Details: seminars, tea dinner, kids’ tea parties, Tea and Cocktails class

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 Dragon Boat Festival, July 28-29, Sloan’s Lake, Denver. Information: Details: This event provides the single best opportunity to taste cuisines from all over Asia in one place


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

Hanger 2 Lowry Farmers Market, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. Saturdays, 7581 East Academy Boulevard, Denver

Boulder County Farmers Markets, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays at 13th Street and Canyon Boulevard; 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in Longmont

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The City of Aurora offers cooking classes at the Expo Recreation Center including Beginner’s Guide to Preserving Food (Aug. 18) including red onion chutney and ginger plum sauce. Information:


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


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

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