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Colorado Springs is home to several food and wine festivals

August 22, 2014 Updated: August 22, 2014 at 9:35 am
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photo - Enjoy an assortiment of Greek foods, like gyros, at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church festival.

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Enjoy an assortiment of Greek foods, like gyros, at the Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church festival. Photo by food.com 

Looking for some opportunities to eat yourself silly this weekend? Here are a few to check out:

- Pasta in the Park, Myron Stratton Home Campus, 2525 Colorado Highway 115, 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $120 per person, which includes wine and beer tasting along with pasta sauce cook-off tasting. A full dinner is served. Details: 633-1462, tessacs.org

- Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 2215 Paseo Road, 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Enjoy music, dancing and an array of traditional Greek food. Details: 634-5678, amgoc.org

- Colorado Springs Dance Theatre hosts its Wine Festival at the Fine Arts Center, 30 W. Dale St., 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $50 per person or $90 per couple. Details: 630-7434, csdance.org

Fishing for new place

Joseph Campana, owner of The Rabbit Hole, 101 N. Tejon St., and Supernova, 111 E. Boulder St., is negotiating with owners of the building that housed the former Sandwiches To Go, 103 N. Tejon St., and is still home to P.B. & Jellies Deli, 106 E. Kiowa St., to acquire those spaces. His idea is to open a restaurant featuring fresh fish.

"We are negotiating a lease for all four spots," he said. "The deli has been trying to get out for the last year. And the sandwich place has already closed. If it happens, we take over in October and open in January."

Crave sweeps battle

Just one more shoutout for Crave Real Burgers because they sizzled in the Denver Burger Battle on Aug. 7, bringing home the People's Choice and the Judges' Choice for the Love Stinks burger creation. It's a first for one burger joint to take both wins.

The burger starts with Crave's 
signature Colorado Proud chuck patty topped with roasted garlic cream cheese, more roasted garlic, fried onion strings, roasted red pepper, candied bacon and red pepper aioli. A Crave mint was offered with each sample to combat the effect of the garlic.

Crave is no stranger to the winner's circle: The restaurant owners and staff won the Denver Burger Battle People's Choice award in 2012 and Crave was the runner-up in 2013.

This is the fifth year for the burger smackdown, which drew around 1,200 beef patty fans who voted for the People's Choice from 12 burger eateries.

Proceeds from the Denver Burger Battle are distributed to hunger and child welfare charities. Details: 264-7919, craverealburgers.com.

Go global

Take a trip around the world without paying for an airline ticket at GlobalFest, at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora, from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. It's a celebration of ethnic diversity, including entertainment, art and a food court showcasing independent restaurants and caterers serving authentic Filipino, Greek, Nigerian, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, Mexican and ethnic America dishes.

Free admission. Pay vendors separately. Details: auroraglobalfest.org

Shuttered

Salud Tequila Bar, 26 E. Kiowa St., is closed.

"KVOR Table Talk"

Guests on "KVOR Table Talk" radio show at 1 p.m. Saturday on 740 AM include:

- Dean Maurry, with Shayden Design in Monument, talks about Papa Lombardi's Pepper Spread. Details: 
640-9885, salsadilombardi.com

- Katie Sage, Elicia Hulmes and Carly Fortune, who own Good Golly Grub Trolley, talk about their mobile truck business. Details: 749-6587, grubtrolley.com

- Jennifer DeYoung, owner of The Crepe Caper food truck, talks about her business. Details: 358-3024, facebook.com/crepecaper

- Jeff Richard, co-owner of Crave Real Burgers, 7465 N. Academy Blvd., talks about the Denver Burger Battle wins and happenings at his other restaurant, The Old Stone Church in Castle Rock. Details: 264-7919, cravereal burgers.com

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Send tips about restaurant openings,
closings, menu changes and food specials
to teresa.farney@gazette.com, 636-0271,
Twitter@tffoodie or Facebook Teresa Farney.

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