On The Menu This October
The Front Range foodie events we’re watching this month
Great American Beer Festival | Oct. 6-8
After a two-year, pandemic hiatus, the country’s biggest celebration of craft beer is back for its 40th anniversary! Taste your way across the U.S. one sudsy sip at a time with samples from 500 different breweries. Plus, stop at any local brewery in the metro area for official Beer Week festivities! Tickets for GABF range from $95-$199. greatamericanbeerfestival.com
Steamboat Restaurant Week | Oct. 7-15
The charming mountain town of Steamboat welcomes back its annual celebration of culinary excellence — Restaurant Week. Local chefs and restaurants will be putting their best plates forward with special menu offerings and exclusive tasting experiences for nine days of decadent dining. mainstreetsteamboat.com
Colorado Springs SausageFest 2022 | Oct. 8 | 1-6 p.m.
Local favorite, Solsage Food Truck, is bringing back SausageFest for a second year! This Colorado Springs event will gather sausage masters from around the state to celebrate the fine art of sausage making. This family-friendly festival will be hosted by Red Leg Brewing Company where there will also be live music, craft beer, local vendors, and of course, lots of sausage sampling. Tickets are $20. redlegbrewing.com
Longmont Harvest Food Swap | Oct. 9 | 10 a.m.-noon
Whether it’s pie, casserole, bread, jam, beer, or stew — bring your best home-baked / home-brewed goodies for a fall harvest food swap with other local cooks and foodies. No cash necessary (in fact, it’s strictly forbidden!). It’s all about neighborly trading here. Show off your kitchen skills and try something new at this seasonal food swap. milehighswappers.com
Giveback Night at Que Bueno Suerte | Oct. 10
Twenty percent of all sales at Que Bueno Suerte on the evening of Oct. 10 will be donated to the Colorado Youth Mariachi Band, a local organization committed to fostering an appreciation for mariachi and Mexican culture among Denver youth. Additionally, Que Bueno Suerte will be donating 25% of all Venga beer sales to CYMB now through Oct. 15 in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. qbsuerte.com
National Dessert Day | Oct. 14
Treat yo’self to something sweet!
Hispanic Top Chef | Oct. 15 | 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Hispanic Restaurant Association and Colorado State University are partnering for the 2022 Hispanic Top Chef Competition to be hosted at CSU’s new Spur campus. Award-winning chefs from across the country will compete in the Latin Fine Foods culinary event of the year, featuring wine, mezcal, tequila, and tapas for tasting. Meet the contenders and the esteemed judges here. Tickets start at $65 for general admission; $125 for VIP. hispanictopchef.com
Gluten-Free Family Fun Festival | Oct. 15 | 1-4 p.m.
Golden’s Holidaily Brewing Co. is raising funds for the National Celiac Association of Denver with this family-friendly celebration of all things gluten-free. There will be GF eats and drinks, plus carnival games, raffle prizes, and more! Tickets are $10 per child or $20 per family. holidailybrewing.com
National Cheese Curd Day | Oct. 15
Fill up on deep-fried gooey, cheesy goodness!
Trick or Treat Cocktails at Dairy Block | Oct. 21-31
Kicking off Oct. 21 and running through Halloween, participating bars at Dairy Block will offer specialty Halloween movie-inspired cocktails, like the Mystery Machine or the Hocus Pocus, to get you into the Spooky Season spirit! dairyblock.com
Boo @ Postino | Oct. 22 | 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Postino’s location at the brand new 9+CO shopping center is hosting a seasonal event on the green space outside where visitors can enjoy pumpkin-picking, a craft-your-own “witch’s brew” cocktail tent, photo booths, live music, trick-or-treating, costume contests, and more. Dogs and children are welcome. Tickets are $5, and 100% of proceeds will go to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Colorado. postinowinecafe.com
National Greasy Food Day | Oct. 25
Cheeseburger and onion rings, extra greasy, please!
Nocturne Cocktail Class | Oct. 26 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Get ready to impress all your guests at this year’s Halloween parties once you’ve taken this cocktail class at Nocturne. Master mixologist Jenn Freeman will walk you through how to make fan-favorite spook-tacular sips, like the Zombie and the Corpse Reviver. Plus, stick around for the evening’s live jazz performance afterward. Tickets are $46. nocturnejazz.com
National Chocolate Day | Oct. 28
The perfect excuse for something decadently delicious.