National BLT Month at Il Porcellino Salumi | Now-April 30
April might be the time for munching on hot dogs at Coors Field or sipping bellinis at Easter brunch, but we’re here to tell you it’s also the month of the bacon, lettuce, and tomato (BLT) sandwich. To celebrate, Berkeley’s Il Porcellino Salumi is offering 10 percent off its $12 BLT-inspired sammie, “the Bacon.” Drop by anytime this month for the creation, which piles house-cured bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, jalepeño aïoli, apple butter, and Pecora cheese fondue between toasted slices of country bread. 4324 W 41st Ave.
Taste of Vail | April 3-6
Feed your appetite for adventure at this posh mountain festival. Attendees can choose from a slew of events, including seminars taught by wine and beverage experts (like master sommelier Brett Zimmerman) and a special release rosé tasting. If you can’t pick between the resort town’s acclaimed fare or it’s world-famous slopes, the Mountain Top Tasting effortlessly blends the two: ski a few laps from Eagle Bahn Gondola before sampling dishes from chefs at top Vail eateries, such as Flame Restaurant. Prices, times, and locations vary
High West Oyster Fest | April 3
Refine your oyster-slurping skills at this seventh-annual celebration of the bivalve. In between the oyster shucking and eating competitions, you can dine on the titular delicacy and other goodies from area restaurants, including Morin and Jax Fish House & Oyster Bar. After you’ve slurped your fill, show off on the dance floor to the lively tunes of New Orleans-style funk group Guerrilla Fanfare Brass Band. $45; 6 p.m., 1399 35th St.
IMT Can Release Party and Silent Disco | April 5
To celebrate the Infinite Monkey Theorem’s dazzling new line of canned beverages, the winery’s Colorado locations are throwing a silent-disco bash. Be sure to sample each of its three new flavors—peach bellini, sparkling rosé, and sparkling Riesling—as you groove the night away. Free admission, $6 per can; 4-10 p.m., locations vary
Celebrate National Soft Pretzel Month at Rhein Haus | April 5-30
Starting on the day of the Rockies’ home opener, this LoDo beer hall and eatery is serving $3 house-baked pretzels every day throughout the month of April. The tender knots come with a choice of dipping sauce, including spicy honey mustard, Tillamook cheddar fondue, horseradish cream cheese, or chocolate ganache. $3, times vary, 1706, 1415 Market St.
The Little Nell Wine Academy | April 7-10
Join an impressive group of advanced and master sommeliers for this educational experience at one of Aspen’s poshest hotels. You’ll learn about how wine is made and how to properly taste it from experts such as master sommelier Jay Fletcher. On the second to last day, attendees will show off their newly-refined palates at an exam and blind tasting. $3,500; times and locations vary
Enjoy a taste of the Windy City without leaving Colorado at this collaborative dinner. Citizen Rail will host Chicago’s Forbidden Root Brewery and beer expert Randy Mosher for a pairing dinner, at which attendees will be treated to a four-course dinner, prepared by Citizen Rail’s executive chef Christian Graves, alongside a parade of Forbidden Root Brews. $125; 6:30-9 p.m., 1600 Wewatta St.
Egg decorating is fun, but few children actually have an appetite for those hard-boiled orbs. To satisfy both their creativity and their cravings, take your kiddos to this afternoon of cookie decorating instead. Little ones will be treated to hot chocolate and kid-friendly fare while they adorn half a dozen jumbo cookies, and you can sip on complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails. $85 for one child and one adult; 2 p.m., 3390 E. First Ave.
Enthusiasts of the Boilermaker (a beer with a shot of whiskey) will be in heaven during this celebration. Enjoy unlimited samples of beer aged in whiskey barrels and whiskey aged in beer barrels from local distilleries and breweries like Pug Ryan’s Brewing Company from Dillon and Denver’s Beer Creek Distillery. $49-$89; 3-6 p.m., 3560 Chestnut Pl.
There’s just one non-negotiable rule at this gala: no men allowed. Female attendees will savor snacks, cocktails, and of course, wines as they take in a performance by an all-female quartet. Be sure to bid on items in the silent auction, the proceeds of which will go toward building a website database of all the female winemakers and leaders in Colorado. $35; 6-9 p.m., 1330 27th St.
Colorado Natural Wine Week | April 16-18
Preservationists and wine lovers converge at this mid-week celebration of natural vino. The week kicks off with Boulder’s natural wine night, wherein five lauded restaurants, including Arcana and Fresh Thymes Eatery, will feature natural vinos on their respective menus. Denver’s Zeppelin Station will host the next day’s major event, the Grand Showcase, where attendees can sample organic, biodynamic, sustainable, and otherwise natural libations as they rub elbows with wine experts and sommeliers. The final event, Wine Dive for Charity, features 20 selections of natural wines for $8 a glass at Noble Riot, a brand new natural wine bar in RiNo. Prices vary; times and locations vary
Charcoal Bistro Vegan Dinner | April 18
Those flirting with the idea of embracing a plant-based diet can dip their toes in the (animal-product-free) pool at this Italian feast. Charcoal Bistro sous chef Amy Brown will prepare a four-course meal with dishes ranging from grilled white asparagus Caesar salad to rhubarb crumble. $39; 5-9 p.m., 1028 S. Gaylord St.
Sip whiskey samples from top Colorado brands like the Block Distilling Company and Talnua Distillery. If the complimentary cigar isn’t your thing, you can pair your whiskey with bites prepared by Four Seasons executive chef Simon Purvis instead. $95-$195; 7:30-10 p.m., 1111 14th St.
Red Rocks Beer Garden One Year Anniversary Party | April 19-21
Red Rocks Beer Garden is hosting a weekend-long party in honor of its first birthday. Over three days, guests will enjoy live music (from performers like Jason Shapiro), drink specials, and giveaways including some of those sought-after Red Rocks concert tickets. Free; times vary, 116 Stone St., Morrison
Need somewhere to go after Denver’s official 420 rally? Consider stopping by this anniversary party. The delectable deli will have samples, giveaways (including gift cards valued at up to $100), as well as two new-to-the-menu sandwiches to satisfy any residual munchies. Free; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 2700 E. Sixth Ave.
Frasca Food and Wine Easter Brunch | April 21
Boulder’s renowned Frasca Food and Wine doesn’t typically serve brunch—but when it does, it’s a can’t-miss situation. The two-course menu includes options such as eggs Benedict with sun-dried tomato hollandaise and carbonara pasta. $60; 1738 Pearl St., Boulder
Easter brunch is for feasting, and modern Israeli eatery Safta is pulling out all the stops for the occasion. The buffet-style menu will feature shakshuka, pastrami hash, Middle Eastern pastries, and much more. There will also be roaming Champagne cart service and live music. $20-$45; the Source Hotel & Market Hall, 3330 Brighton Blvd.
Cooking Demonstration and Dinner at the Fort | April 26
Join the Fort’s chef, Ian Stewart-Shelafo, and former Denver Post food critic Bill St. John for a delicious and educational evening. The pair will teach guests about some of the history behind Colorado foods, including the secrets of the Fort’s famous green chile sauce. Guests will then sit down for a four-course, prix fixe menu. $59, 6-8:30 p.m., 19192 CO-8, Morrison
Vinochromatic at CTRL Collective | April 27
Fill up on unlimited wine and local bites at this immersive wine experience. Meander through vibrant art instillations as you sample libations from wineries like Petaluma’s Cruse Wine Co. and Sonoma’s Scribe Winery. Be sure to grab a bite from attending eateries including Dio Mio, the Way Back, and Bar Helix. $75; first session 1-4 p.m., second session 7-10 p.m., 1800 Wazee St.
Welcome warm(er) weather and the approaching patio season with a few cold glasses of rosé at this spring tasting. Sip blush-colored libations from all over the world and enjoy accompanying cheeses and crackers as you kick back in Rioja’s comfortable dining room. $38; 2-3:30 p.m., 1431 Larimer St.
Walpurgis Night at Seedstock Brewery | April 27
Welcome spring with this unconventional all-day party. Historically, Czech people would burn straw witches to bid winter adieu, all whilst imbibing brews and eating sausages. While there will be no actual witch-burning at this bash, there will be fire pits, live music, complimentary sausages, and the release of Seedstock’s new Czech-style beer, Polotmavý. Free; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., 3610 W. Colfax Ave.
Imbibe exclusive beers from Avery Brewing at seven Parry’s Pizzeria & Bar locations during this annual takeover. Don’t forget to sample the sour blend, a collaborative brew from Avery and Parry’s. Free; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., multiple locations
Spring Barrel Tasting Dinner at Bookcliff Vineyards | April 27-28
If you’ve ever tasted an over-oaked Chardonnay, then you know the power of barrel aging. Explore how barrels affect wine (in a good way) at this dinner, where you can taste locally produced vinos aged in a variety of them between bites of gourmet fare prepared by Black Cat Farm Table Bistro chef Eric Skokan. $85; 6:30 p.m., 1501 Lee Hill Rd., Boulder
Belgian Brew Fest | April 28
You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported from north Denver to western Europe at this sudsy celebration. Bruz Beers will host more than 10 Colorado breweries, including Liberati Osteria & Oenobeers and Thirsty Monk Denver, for the extravaganza. Expect lots of samples of Bruz’ Belgian-style brews, including Beet Down, a beet-fermented farmhouse ale, and Hellraiser, a golden strong ale. $48; 1-4 p.m., 1675 W. 67th Ave.
Some Denverites pair their whiskey with cigars, but we prefer this sweet combo. Whiskeys ranging from classic to spiced will be coupled with Deiter’s Chocolates truffles in flavors like peach and cherry balsamic. $15; 7-8:30 p.m., 1855 Blake St.