We have made the difficult decision to cancel the Slow Food Nations festival this year. We will sorely miss gathering together in person to celebrate good, clean and fair food, but we know it is the right decision with all of today’s unknowns and the deep struggles of the current pandemic. We are currently crafting plans for virtual programming this fall and will be in touch as our plans shape up.

We want to extend our gratitude to the chefs, farmers, merchants, partners, attendees, producers and friends who created the magic of Slow Food Nations these past three years. It has truly been a remarkable experience for all of us and we appreciate you.

It is more clear than ever that the world needs Slow Food. We need robust and resilient local food communities. We need the practical skills of slowing down. And we need to gather in person — locally, regionally, nationally, globally — to unite in joy and justice. When we emerge from COVID-19, we will rethink how to come together in an even bigger and stronger way. We must use this moment to build #SlowFoodSolidarity across the globe.

Thank you, Denver

Since 2017, we’ve taken over historic Larimer Square in downtown Denver to host Slow Food Nations and make it free and accesible to everyone. We couldn’t have done it without the support of our host city and we deeply appreciate the vibrant spirit of the community.

Many of our partners, chefs and participants are working overtime to keep their businesses alive. Now is the time to focus on cultivating a truly sustainable food system in the US, and to make sure that local food communities have the support that they need. We have set up a National Resilience Fund to directly support important local initiatives designed to both sustain those communities in the current crisis and build more resilient food systems in the long term.

Thank you to our Partners

We’d like to extend a big thank you to our presenting Slow Food Nations sponsors, Larimer Square, Visit Denver and Whole Foods Market. Without their support, and that of our many sponsors and partners, we would not have been able to create Slow Food Nations as a free festival for all. 

Reclaiming Native Truth

From Reclaiming Native Truth to Allyship in Action: Activating Intention with Equity, Inclusion, and JusticeBy Sophie Javna Slow Food leaders gathered at the University of Denver campus on Friday, July 19th, for the afternoon Slow Food Nations Leader Summit panel. The session, “Reclaiming Native...

School Gardens Rock

This panel was hosted by Cynthia Walters, Kim Aman, Roxanne Zimmer, Annie Walsh, Daniel Mapp, Laurie Niles, Steph Rooney, Ron Askew, and Alana Reynolds.  About 50 people and gathered under the Slow Food Salon tent (and the hot sun!) on Saturday, July 20th for the School Gardens Rock presentation,...

Indigenous Foodways and Lifeways

By Marisha Zeffer This panel was hosted by Slow Food Turtle Island Association.  This panel featured indigenous community members, organizers, advocates, and leaders. They shared their efforts, initiatives, and programs to re-introduce indigenous traditional foods, seed sovereignty, and policy and...

The Future of Slow Meat

by Marisha Zeffer This talk was led by Greg Applegate. Participating in #MeatlessMondays will not necessarily lead to systemic change. Rather, we need to eat meat that fits our values. Systemic change sometimes seems impossible when considering the way the rallying cries of vegetarians are often...

Protecting Pollinators

by Gay Chanler One in every three bites of food consumed is the result of pollination by honeybees. But as we learned in an engaging presentation on Sunday afternoon at Slow Food Nations, the problem involves more than honeybees. Around the world, thousands of other pollinators, including bats,...

Slow Food and Policy

Slow Food and Policy — a panel moderated by Caity Moseman Wadler, Raquel Lane-Arellano, Margaret Read, and Kevin Scribner — was hosted in Denver at Slow Food Nations 2019.When most people think of “good food,” they think of the delicious dishes that they grew up with, the foods and seasonal...

African American Foodways

by Reana Kovalcik This panel was presented by Kevin Mitchell and Adrian Miller.Making a Way of No Way: African American Foodways in DiasporaAfrican American food was “molded in the crucible of enslavement,” a cuisine that was birthed by people “making a way of no way and taking advantage of the...

Food on the 2020 Ballot

by Katie Johnson This panel featured Moderator Kate Cox of The New Food Economy, Urvashi Rangan of FoodPrint, Martin Lemos of the National Young Farmers Coalition, and Jillian Semaan of Green America. At the time of this writing, there are somewhere around 460 days until the 2020 election. With...

Craft Beer for Change

by Katie JohnsonThis panel featured moderator Adam Dulye of the Brewers Association, Dr. J. Jackson-Beckham of Craft Beer for All, and Panelist Katie Wallace of New Belgium Beer. How can drinking beer effect change? With the ever growing popularity of craft breweries and innovative locally focused...

The Next Generation of Farmers

by Michelle Greenwood Is Niman Ranch, or a model like it, the future of farming? With its appreciation of farmers and farming, it just might be.Led by Danielle Nierenberg, Leader Summit panel, The Next Generation of Farmers started out with the challenging news all too familiar, but the panelists,...
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