Drinking up at The WhiskyX Experience (Provided by The WhiskyX)
The Front Range will be a regular utopia of quirky food and drink events this weekend and, like Aerosmith says, you don’t wanna miss a thing. Oktoberfest-themed eating relay race? Check. A sampling of some of the most rare whiskeys in the world? Also check.
It starts with The WhiskyX Experience on Friday, Oct. 13. This is where you’ll learn the difference between bourbon and rye, and Scotch whiskey and single malt scotch. Or everything they should have taught us in school but didn’t. Combine sampling some of the best whiskey in the world with some of the best food in the state — Jen Jasinski, Tommy Lee, Paul C. Reilly and more will be cooking — and music by the Drive-By Truckers, and your weekend of champions is off to a pretty good start. Oct. 13, starting at 6 p.m. at Wings Over the Rockies; thewhiskyx.com; tickets from $75
A team gets ready for Rhein Haus’ OktoberFEAST eating relay (Dustin Watson, Provided by Rhein Haus)
Next up is Rhein Haus’ 2nd annual OktoberFEAST eating relay race on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 3 p.m. Grab the three biggest appetites you know and head downtown to eat pretzel bites, Nuremberg sausages, currywurst and Berliners (German doughnuts) as fast as you possibly can. Oh, and you have to down a ½ liter of lager at each station, too. The top three teams win gift cards and Oktoberfest swag, not to mention an excellent line on their résumés. Oct. 14 at 3 p.m., 1415 Market St., Denver; rheinhausdenver.com; $25 per team
If you fancy yourself too sophisticated to eat sausage with your hands, then you probably already know about Boulder’s Burgundy Wine Festival happening this weekend. This is one of the premier wine events in the country, featuring a dinner at Frasca Food and Wine (I don’t think it’s a relay …), a rare Burgundy wine seminar with master sommeliers, and the Grand Tasting of more than 200 Burgundy wines. Oct. 13-15, throughout Boulder; boulderburgundyfestival.com
After all that eating and drinking, you’re going to need dessert, so thank goodness Choctoberfest is happening Oct. 14 at the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds. There will be 75,000 chocolate samples (!), a chocolate pudding eating contest, chocolate face painting for the kiddos and chocolate aerial apple bobbing (your guess is as good as mine). Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Arapahoe County Fairgrounds, choctoberfest.org; tickets from $5