Event Picks: for Families

There’s tons of family fun to be had at Slow Food Nations! The Family Pavilion was the most popular tent on site at last year’s Slow Food Nations and it’s better than ever this year! Visit the many, wonderful, family-friendly merchants throughout the Taste Marketplace like Hani Honey and Cowgirl Lemonade. Check out the Grain Chain in the Taste Marketplace to get hands on and learn about grain.Get some authentic wood-fired pizza from the pizzaiolos at the Italian Cucina and yummy ice cream from the Frozen Matter cart.

Family Pavilion & Festival Hours on Larimer Square
Saturday, July 20: 10am – 8pm
Sunday, July 21: 10am – 6pm

Join us on Larimer Square with your whole kid crew to explore, taste and learn. There are drop-in activities all weekend with scheduled workshops and activities peppered in — you can check out the full lineup of Family Pavilion events below and yes, it’s all FREE! Slow Food Nations is like a big family meal full of discovery and delights. We even created a festival bingo scavenger hunt with prizes to help you discover it all (visit us at the Slow Food Nations Hub to grab your bingo card and festival map). See you there! 

Saturday, 7/20

Story Hour with Denver Public Library

Dig into Farms
July 20, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

We'll take a short walk to a cool lawn and settle in for a very special story hour with tales of food, farmers, and fun! Spanish bilingual reading available.

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FREE

Inspiring Taste Buds for Slow Food

Biodiversity Matters, Dig into Farms, Health + Wellness
July 20, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Get your kids excited about fruits and vegetables! When kids have positive associations with fruits and vegetables, it can shape their diet for years to come. This session is an example of how Slow Food brings its School Garden Curriculum to kids across America.

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FREE

The Stages of Food Life with RootShyft

Engaging Communities
July 20, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Learn about waste diversion from local environmental advocates & entrepreneurs RootShyft! Follow along with food's cycle of life, from seed to table and back to the soil. The future generation of Slow Food will explore the importance of composting and recycling through interactive and hands-on fun!

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FREE

Indigenous Languages Workshop

Learn indigenous words about animal and plant relatives through this family-friendly activity, led by Denisa Livingston from Slow Food Turtle Island Association. (Photo © Michael Benanav)

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Free

Music Hour with Wade Fernandez

Engaging Communities, Indigenous Flavors
July 20, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Soaring around the world with Menominee Indian Reservation roots, Wade Fernandez (Walks With The Black Wolf) is a “deeply authentic” multi-award winning international touring artist from the Menominee Nation Reservation in Wisconsin. Fernandez's musical style has no bounds. Some classify his music as Contemporary Native Americana, yet he is as

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Free

Sunday, 7/21

Breakfast Bowls

Biodiversity Matters, Dig into Farms, Health + Wellness
July 21, 10:30 am - 11:30 am

In this interactive educational hour, kids will learn the heritage of quinoa and the impact that locally grown and purchased grain has on our planet. We will build Colorado quinoa breakfast bowls with local fruits and toppings, while learning to taste food like a chef!The session will be led by

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Free

Story Hour with Tattered Cover

Dig into Farms
July 21, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Come to a very special story hour with tales of food, farmers, and fun. Find a spot in the shade and stay for an arts and crafts project after the story.

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FREE

Garden to Tacos

Dig into Farms, Health + Wellness
July 21, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Take summer's bounty and craft it into delightful tacos alongside Slow Food Denver's "Cooking from the Garden" instructors. The fruits of the garden will be chopped into salsas, the vegetables into slaws and every child will get to roll out their own tortillas.

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FREE

Pollinator Seed Bombs

Biodiversity Matters
July 21, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Join award-winning chef Chris Starkus to make seed bombs that will take root in your garden and support pollinators. This hands-on activity will help kids learn how to nourish and care for seeds and pollinators alike!

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FREE

DIY Kitchen Herb Garden

Dig into Farms
July 21, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

In this hands-on and noses-in activity, you'll create your own mini garden and learn about fourth generation herbal tea recipes from local Nanna's Tea Emporium.

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Free
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