Slow Food com­ing to Den­ver

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Allyson Reedy Slow Food Na­tions Film Café. Colorado-Made Block Party. The Art of Day Drink­ing.

All food roads less trav­eled lead to Den­ver this week­end. Slow Food USA is bring­ing its street food fes­ti­val-meets-sus­tain­abil­ity and pol­icy dis­cus­sion to the city for a three-day cel­e­bra­tion of tak­ing things slow, food-wise.

“Slow Food had hosted some smaller gath­er­ings here in the pre­vi­ous two years about sus­tain­able meats, so we put them (Den­ver) at the top of our list,” said Slow Food Na­tions event di­rec­tor Krista Roberts. “The re­cep­tion we re­ceived from Den­ver in terms of its gen­eral ex­cite­ment and will­ing­ness to wel­come an event like this re­ally went a long way.”

More than 10,000 chefs, pol­i­cy­mak­ers, farm­ers and food lovers from all over the world will be talk­ing about food jus­tice, sus­tain­abil­ity and management. And, be­cause all that noodling over big agri­cul­tural is­sues is bound to make any­one hun­gry, they are go­ing to be eat­ing, too.

Join the dis­cus­sion (and the eat­ing) at these best-bet events around town:

Free

Taste Mar­ket­place. Larimer Square will be filled with 100 food and drink ex­hibitors from all over the world. Pry your­self from the maze of good tastes to cheer on your fa­vorite lo­cal chefs in cook­ing com­pe­ti­tions heat­ing up the main culi­nary stage. July 15, 10

The Food Un­der­ground. Lo­cal culi­nary aces join food ex­perts from around the world (in­clud­ing mu­si­cian Jack John­son — who knew??) to talk about ac­ces­si­bil­ity, the science of food and more. You might as well join the conversation. July 15, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Ark of Taste. You prob­a­bly know about en­dan­gered an­i­mals, but how fa­mil­iar are you with en­dan­gered fruits and veg­gies? Learn about im­per­iled food and the im­por­tance of pre­serv­ing bio­di­ver­sity at this pho­tog­ra­phy pop-up ex­hibit. July 15, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and

Kids’ Gar­dens and Cook­ing Tents. Lit­tle ones can get their hands dirty in gar­den beds learn­ing how to plant. Af­ter they wash up, hit the cook­ing tents to learn how to cook up the food they planted. Note: Kids’ cook­ing classes and demos re­quire pre-reg­is­tra­tion, so book now be­fore they fill up. July 15, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and July Boul­der’s Flatirons Food Film Fes­ti­val screens the best short films from its five-year his­tory. From doc­u­men­taries to an­i­mated flicks, look at food in a whole new way. Bonus: Get a sneak peek (and get out of the heat) at Ur­ban Farmer, a restau­rant open­ing next month. July 15, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and

Not-so-free

En­joy demon­stra­tions and tast­ings from some of the great lo­cal chefs (Hosea Rosenberg! Steve Redzikowski!), ranch­ers and farm­ers that our fine state has to of­fer. July 14, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; $69;

Gar­dens Ga­lore. Alice Wa­ters, Kim­bal Musk and oth­ers talk about their ef­forts to gar­den-ify Amer­ica via school and ur­ban gar­dens. Join their gar­den rev­o­lu­tion, or just show up to try to get a selfie with Alice. July 16, 12:30-2 p.m.; $15; Chad Michael Ge­orge (The Way Back, Amer­i­can Grind) teaches us how to get buzzed in the morn­ing with­out be­com­ing to­tally ob­nox­ious. Learn about low-al­co­hol aper­i­tifs and mix up your own Pimm’s Cup. Or two. It’s not like any­one at a sem­i­nar called “The Art of Day Drink­ing” is gonna judge. July 16, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; $52;

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