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If you’re not having brunch and shopping this weekend, will you even exist? It’s all markets, all brunch, all partying this weekend, with opportunities that arise all over the city.

Read on for the best info on how to shop for food and drink, as well as future events through to the end of May. And if you feel like hopping around this weekend, check out our list of Kentucky Derby Day events.

Friday April 30th
Denver Bazaar is slowly returning to its roots as an IRL shopping experience after last year’s chaos and online offering. The rally market, bar and food truck are held every Friday through August 27 at 2424 Larimer Street (near the Ramble Hotel) from 4pm to 9pm. Entry is free, furry friends are welcome, and reservations aren’t even a thing – just show up. The food truck series will rotate, but last week’s providers included the Ethiopian food truck, barbed wire reef, crepe outdoors, kids table (vegan) and snacktacular. Visit the Denver Bazaar Facebook page for details (including happy hour specials) and the Instagram page for full vendor listings.

Try Cholo Ass Vegans Food on May 1st at Peace and Pride.EXPAND

Try Cholo Ass Vegans Food on May 1st at Peace and Pride.

Cholo Ass Vegan

Saturday May 1st
Now for something completely different: a celebration of Cinco de Mayo that is not led by gringos in fake mustaches and pink sombreros. For the first time, Peace and Pride, a festival of Mexican and Mexican-American culture, will take place in the predominantly Latin American district of Latino Westwood on Saturday, May 1st. From 11am to 6pm, dive streets on Morrison Road between South Meade and South Osceola for a car show and hopping competition, dancing, live music and art (including live graffiti). Of course there are also food and drinks from Cultura Craft Chocolate, X’tabai Yucateco (serves Maya Street Food), Cholo Ass Vegan, Combi Taco and Molino de Westwood (which heirloom does Nixtamal Masa). Admission is free; Please visit the Rise Westwood Collective website for more information.

On Saturday, May 1st, the Denver Vegan Market will open a store at 1515 Madison Street (formerly Pete’s Corner House Lounge) and cheese), Yummy Lotus (jam), Best One Yet (ice cream), and more from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. . There will also be vendors selling housewares, clothing, and CBD products. The outdoor market – which promises a similar atmosphere to the now closed NT MRKT, as many providers were part of this collective – will take over the parking lot and there will also be an indoor bar (unfortunately, drinks are not allowed outside). Visit the event’s Facebook page or search individual vendors’ Instagram pages for more information and a full breakdown.

Work Options for Women (WOW), a nonprofit that provides free culinary training to disadvantaged women, is hosting a virtual benefit, The Show Must Go On, on Saturday May 1st. The 7pm event includes cooking demos by top Denver chefs Cindhura Reddy and Austin Nickel (Spuntino), Jen Jasinski (Ultreia, Rioja, Stoic & Genuine and Bistro Vendôme) and Caroline Glover (Annette), as well as musical performances from Beauty & the Beast, Rent and Wicked. Get details on WOW’s Instagram page, then purchase tickets for a suggested donation of $ 10 on the event website.

A peach of a cocktail from one of the Ironton Distillery's summer evenings.

A peach of a cocktail from one of the Ironton Distillery’s summer evenings.

Ironton Distillery

Sunday May 2nd
Ironton Distillery, 3636 Chestnut Place, is offering brunchers the first dibs on their new menu on Sunday, May 2nd at 10 a.m. when they launch dishes at their brunch and bluegrass event. For $ 75, get three not-quite-breakfast and not-quite-lunch courses (parfait, a cheesy tomato quiche, ham and goat cheese salad, and sticky almond, blueberry, and lemon buns) and four cocktails. There will also be live music from Burn It Blue. Reserve your place with Eventbrite.

Read on for future food and beverage events.

Tuesday 4th May
Nobody is neutral towards Star Wars. Whether you’re a casual fan, one of the racist jackwagons that got poor Rose Tico off social media and got out of the last movie exercise on fan service, or just someone who wants to cuddle Baby Yoda, we guarantee that You have at least one opinion about the franchise. What better way to put it than on Tuesday, May 4th at Baere Brewing, 320 Broadway, with a pint of C-3 (i) PA and a plate of Tauntaun Tacos? The brewery releases its West Coast IPA in a Star Wars can (themed glassware is also available). From 3pm to 9pm, Snacktacular serves Tauntaun tacos (pork belly), That’s No Moon (a jumbo cheeseburger) and the Sando Calrissian (grilled cheese). Reservations are not required. just show yourself. And may the fork be with you.

Thursday May 13th
Westword celebrated the Denver dining scene for years at Feast, an annual food extravaganza that filled the McNichols building with tables for local restaurants to sample their best dishes. In light of the pandemic, Feast has morphed into Feast To-Go, a drive-through event at Stanley Marketplace (2501 Dallas Street in Aurora) on May 13 from 4pm to 8pm that once again celebrates the city’s resilient restaurants. At Feast To-Go, you can sample groceries from a dozen restaurants and trucks that we’ve recognized with Best of Denver awards over the past few years, as well as drinks. You can enjoy your goodie bags and restaurant samples over an impromptu picnic or just take them home … without ever leaving your car. Tickets are now available here.

Do bacon and beer ever go out of style?EXPAND

Do bacon and beer ever go out of style?

Courtesy Bacon and Beer Classic

Saturday May 22nd
The love affair of adding bacon to everything seems terrible in 2012, but we’re including this year’s Bacon and Beer Classic because literally everything that happened before March 17th, 2020 looks like a million years ago (we stand by our uses from the word “literal”), and also because the event is one of the first summer food festivals, we saw how we returned to a fourth wave / post-COVID / mid to late apocalyptic landscape. Guests are guided along a path to Kennedy Golf Course at 10500 East Hampden Avenue, where they stop at stations to throw back beer, cider, and pork products. The Classic this year is promoting full-size bacon-based dishes rather than sample sizes. Buy tickets ($ 79 or $ 59) from Eventbrite, where – like any golfer who eats bacon and drinks beer – you must choose your “b” time (11am to 5:30 pm) to deal with the death of beer and bacon to start in March. Visit the event website for details.

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