Slow Food Nations is back in Denver again with over 300 participating chefs hailing from Colorado and around the world. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend the weekend-long event that happens in Denver just once a year. Last night, Slow Food Nations officially kicked off with the Colorado Fare party.
In total, the entire weekend includes over 85 free and ticketed talks, tastings, events, parties, family-focused activities, and hands-on workshops. Featured guests include celebrity chefs, environmental educators, culinary visionaries, and many more. The three-day festival raises money and helps bring awareness to the mission of Slow Foods USA — a non-profit working to inspire the way individuals and communities think about food that is considered good, clean, and fair.
The scheduled list of events can be overwhelming, but here are some standouts of the weekend. For a full list of activities, talks, workshops, and parties head to slowfoodnations.org.
- The Taste Marketplace on Saturday, where shoppers can sample food, talk to vendors, and peruse throughout the day.
- At Edible Beats Street, patrons can sip a cocktail and listen to rotating music lineups.
- Food Waste 101 is a free talk on Saturday about changing the way we look at food and preventing waste.
- Another free talk takes place on Sunday — Seed Saving to Save the World — led by experts who teach why seed-saving is a critical aspect of helping to preserve and protect food systems.
Ticketed and partnered events:
- The Global Street Food Social on Saturday evening allows guests to taste street food from all over the world.
- Slow Wine 101 takes the same approach Slow Foods does but with vineyards. This ticketed tasting event takes place Sunday mid-morning.
- Slow Grown in Colorado is a five-course dinner at Departure featuring Departure chef Gregory Gourdet, 2018 James Beard winner Alex Seidel, chef Caroline Glover from Annette, and chef Ryan Poli of the Catbird Seat in Nashville.