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Culinary Cinema Night :: Tuesday, September 5
As part of the ongoing Culinary Cinema Series, a partnership between the Colorado Restaurant Association and Denver Film Society, the Denver Food + Wine Festival will kick off with an evening comprised of great food, great drinks and a great movie. An exclusive screening of an engaging culinary film will be paired with wine, cocktails and bites from Denver’s notable chefs.

Dinner Under the Stars :: Wednesday, September 6
Dinner Under the Stars will celebrate the best of what Colorado’s culinary scene has to offer. Each course of the curated, five-course prix-fixe meal will be designed by a different acclaimed chef, and served in a beautiful outdoor setting, underneath Denver’s starry skies.

SHAKE DOWN, a cocktail event :: Thursday, September 7
Celebrity bartenders from the Colorado Bartenders’ Guild will compete for the title of Denver’s “Best Cocktail.” The event will also include bites from Colorado chefs and lively voting by attendees to award one deserving bartender with the evening’s top honor. All cocktails will be prepared with spirits from Denver Food + Wine Festival spirit sponsors.

Riedel Wine Glass Seminar :: Friday, September 8
Known for its glassware designed to enhance different types of wines, Riedel has been perfecting wine glass design since 1756. Join Riedel ambassador Doug Reed for an educational and entertaining event that will change the way you drink wine – one of the festival’s most popular events! Through a fascinating tasting, Reed will demonstrate the relationship between the shape of a wine glass and the drinker’s perception and enjoyment of different varietals. Attendees will experience first-hand the ways in which the appropriate stemware fully delivers the bouquet, taste, balance and finish of a wine to the senses, and will leave the seminar with their own four-glass Reidel tasting kit, valued at $120.

Denver Food + Wine Festival (DF+WF) Grand Tasting Tents :: Saturday, September 9 at 1 p.m. (VIP/First Tasting begins at 12 p.m.)
As the Festival’s hallmark event, the Grand Tasting unites Colorado’s culinary leaders – award winning chefs, mixologists and wine professionals – and leads guests on a culinary journey through the state’s acclaimed, and burgeoning, dining scene. The open layout allows guests to eat, drink and explore the creations of more than 40 top restaurants, and more than 700 wines and spirits from the region’s most lauded wine professionals. For guests interested in additional unique experiences, the VIP Lounge at DF+WF will feature specialty wines selected by Southern Wine & Spirits Master Sommeliers, paired with tastes from 12 upscale restaurants; Wolf Specialty Appliance Culinary Stage demonstrations by celebrity award-winning Chefs; and a silent auction.

Rise + Dine :: Sunday, September 10
Denver’s second annual brunch festival, Rise + Dine, will showcase delicious breakfast delights from the city’s favorite a.m. joints. Attendees are encouraged to wear pajamas while noshing on food, enjoying mimosas and striving to make the most impressive Bloody Mary at the vast DF+WF Bloody Mary bar, which will be competing for the world record of “Largest Bloody Mary Bar,” by featuring more than 57 accouterments this year! Pajamas encouraged, but not mandatory.