Time to put on the feed bag at The Big Eat

Every year, foodies flock to The Big Eat to sip, snack and celebrate the culinary diversity of Denver’s indie restaurants.This year, while strolling the new event site in The Galleria at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts (on 14th Street between Champa and Curtis), you’ll get wined and dined by local chefs from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. (VIPs enter at 6:30) Thursday.

Some of the participating restaurants:  Ace Eat Serve, Adelita’s, Ambli Gourmet Eatery, Appaloosa Grill, Argyle Whiskey Beer, Bones, Carmine’s on Penn, Central Bistro & Bar, dbar , Euclid Hall, Gallo di Nero, Harman’s Eat Drink, Interstate, Jonesy’s Eat Bar, Krewe BBQ, Limelight, Little India, Lou’s Food Bar, LowDown Brewery + Kitchen, Marco’s Coal-Fired Pizza, Panzano, Rialto Café, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, St. Ellie, Steuben’s Food Service, Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs, Stoney’s Bar & Grill, Tana’s Delights, The Lobby, Trillium, Uber Eats, Vesper Lounge, Vesta Dipping Grill, Work & Class and the Wynkoop Brewing Company.

Tickets are $55 per person, which includes tastings from 36-plus restaurants, craft beer, wine, entertainment, cocktail demos and more. VIP tickets are $75 per person, which includes early entry with special tastings from newly opened restaurants plus a VIP only hangout.

The Big Eat Private Balconies for a party of 10 are $1,250. Includes early entry and a private space with a balcony overlooking the event. Platters of food will be waiting for your arrival with an to an open bar with craft cocktails, beer and wine.