'Tis the season as they say, and that means the mad rush of holiday shopping is upon us. To make things easier, hit up one of the numerous holiday markets being held around Denver this weekend. Here's a look at where to shop for the food enthusiast on your list.
Up first is the fourth annual Holiday ManCraft, which is geared toward crafty dudes and/or the people shopping for them. The event is split into two nights and different locations: tonight, December 5 from 4 to 10 p.m. at VFW Post 2461 (1350 South Broadway), and tomorrow, December 6 from 4 to 10 p.m. at American Legion Post 10 in Boulder (4760 28th Street). Amid the offerings from 40 or so male vendors is everything from pickles to jams and jelly made with beer. And speaking of beer, a full bar will be available with cheap drinks, plus an Avery Brewing-sponsored Whisker War will judge facial hair among the vendors.
Firefly Handmade is bringing its Denver holiday market to the EXDO Events Center in RiNo on Saturday, December 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 7 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More than 100 artisans will have their wares on-site, including food and drink products. While you browse, also enjoy live music, a full bar, and food.
The holiday edition of Denver Flea is happening Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 from noon to 6 p.m. each day. Hosted at the Bindery on Blake (29th and Blake streets), the event will feature more than 120 vendors, an indoor food court, beer and cocktail stops throughout the market, and a food truck row where the likes of Bakin' Bakery, El Toro the Tot, Taj Palace, and more will be parked outside.
Though farmers' markets have closed up for the season, you've got an opportunity to attend the 8th Annual Winter Market from Boulder County Farmers' Markets. Head to the Boulder County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7 for more than 60 local food vendors, from farmers and ranchers to prepared-food artisans. Other festivities include live food demos, music, a kids' craft corner, and cookie decorating.
And finally, this will be the first of three consecutive weekends for the Source Holiday Market in RiNo. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 6 and Sunday, December 7, take in the goods from the Long I Pie Shop, Ritual Chocolate, and more.