Event Picks: for the Curious Eater

Growing up, I hated mushrooms. My family, a bunch of mushroom-lovers, would always tease me. Despite their persistence, I began to avoid mushrooms altogether, because every taste was a failed attempt, and frankly, an attack on my tastebuds. Years later, when I decided to become a vegetarian, I realized that mushrooms would probably be a good addition to my now meat-free diet. So mushrooms and I began to repair our relationship, and I started to try mushrooms cooked in all different ways, at all sorts of restaurants. Of course, there were still times that I wasn’t crazy about them, but I soon realized what a chef, a culture, or a style of cuisine can do for a food. Every mushroom I ate tasted different! And the unique growing, prepping, and cooking all has an effect on that. Not only do I eat mushrooms now, but I realized the versatility of the kitchen. You may not like a food cooked or grown one way, but love it prepared another!

What is a food festival if not an opportunity to try something new? Or fall in love with an old least favorite food? At Slow Food Nations, we have a whole slew of opportunities to try new food – new ingredients, new styles of cooking, new chefs – all while learning about what you’re eating, how it’s made, and who’s making it. So, curious eaters, this is your guide to Slow Food Nations. Get out there and try something new. Who knows, maybe you’ll meet your mushroom!

– Emilie

Friday, 7/19

Pickled Pintxos and Paella
on the Patio

Engaging Communities
July 19, 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Join us for a fermented tasting feast at Ultreia restaurant beginning with a pintxo crawl out on the beautiful patio at Denver Union Station. The journey ends with a paella inspired by special guest and fermentation guru Sandor Katz, featuring calasparra rice, chorizo, sofritto, Jimmy Nardello peppers and wild gulf

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Free

Saturday, 7/20

Meet Your Maker: Rocky Mountain Micro Ranch

Biodiversity Matters, Climate Change
July 20, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Wendy Lu McGill, founder of Colorado’s only edible insect farm and food company, and David George Gordon, author of The Eat-a-Bug Cookbook. Join us as we taste through insects that are a more sustainable food option compared to traditional protein sources. Eating bugs is a smart and healthy choice

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$20

Flavors of the African Diaspora

Biodiversity Matters, Indigenous Flavors
July 20, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Join culinary historian Adrian Miller and chef Kevin Mitchell for a journey to Africa as they create a dish using ingredients of the African Diaspora. Listen to stories of how the ingredients traveled to the new world, and what these ingredients mean to African Americans and the southern food canon.The

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Free

Food Over Fire

Engaging Communities
July 20, 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Gather with friends, family, and foodies alike in downtown Denver to celebrate Slow Food. There will be food, drink, and live music all centered around the beautiful foods we cook over fire.

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$65

Fermentation is Everywhere!

Biodiversity Matters, Health + Wellness
July 20, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Through hands-on demonstration and instruction, you'll explore the possibilities of vegetable fermentation and learn how to execute a basic ferment that can be modified in your home with different variations through the seasons.

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Free

Sunday, 7/21

Coastal Flavors of Mexico

Surf and Turf
July 21, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Baja Med movement originated in Mexico's Baja California and is now grabbing the attention in both Mexican and international culinary circles with its vibrant blend of Mexican, Mediterranean and Asian influences. On the other side of Mexico, the Yucatán Peninsula is home to a melting pot of communities who

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$40

The Sweet Source of Craft Chocolate

Biodiversity Matters
July 21, 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Explore the delicious possibilities of using craft chocolate in desserts and learn about the importance of sourcing high quality, ethical and locally crafted chocolate in restaurants and homes. Fortuna Chocolate and chef Luke Miller of Boulder's Arcana Restaurant will take you on a journey from cacao bean to creative dessert.

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$60

Meet your Maker: Haykin Family Cider

Biodiversity Matters, Dig into Farms
July 21, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

At its core, cider is wine made from apples. And just like fine wine, the best ciders seek to elevate their fruit without added flavors, colors or anything else. Cider is all about the apple. The flavors and aromas are extremely varied — in that way, apples are very similar to wine

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$20

MERCHANTS

New Beat Foods is a gluten-free, hand-crafted, artisan food company. They produce a line of crisp, crunchy, flavorful and naturally gluten-free crackers, baked with a base of 100% organic quinoa and other nutritious gluten-free grains and seeds.

River Bear American Meats is a Denver-based company owned by Chef Justin Brunson that uses old world techniques to make new world fresh and cured meats. They only source from family farmers who raise their animals the right way – the humane way. 

Date Lady Date Syrup Has Only One Ingredient, Organic Dates. Also called date honey or silan, date syrup can be used in addition to or instead of honey or maple syrup, and as a substitute for refined sugar in baked goods

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