Just over a week ago, I had the awesome opportunity to go to the Slow Food Nations festival held in Denver! I was so excited. This is the type of thing I totally geek out about.
We started the day at the beautiful farmer's market situated just outside the gorgeous Union Station in downtown. It featured products from all over the Denver/Colorado area, as well as cooking demonstrations. Inside the building were speakers, panels, and discussions on everything from food policy to beer pairings.
A few blocks away in Larimar Square were more booths, food vendors, a big stage for speakers and cooking demos, and the best part....the Taste Marketplace! As we were winding through, I found an area promoting Native Foods! I was thrilled to see both Ramona Farms and the Tohono O'odham Nation had made the trip up from Tucson! Ramona farms grows and sells tepary beans, an American Indian Food from the southwest. We got to chat about so many amazing ways to fix them (she makes deep-fried fritters, hellooooo), the differences between the white, black, and brown beans, and she gave me some tips, which I'll be passing on to you eventually. The Tohono O'odham Nation brought Mesquite flour and cholla buds from the San Xavier Co-op Farm. I love seeing these unique foods that make the southwest so wonderful.
Last but not least, we wandered through the Taste Marketplace! We got to taste the most amazing food: smoked brisket, peanut butter, nut butters, honey caramels, oils, vinegars, chocolate, cheese, and cured meats. Basically, we went all out. All of the booths has little signs showing what ingredients were in their products. That made it super helpful when you're tasting everything. My favorites were the Midnight Moon cheese, Il Porcellino Salumi cured meat, and the Lifesaving Peanut Butter.
I love learning about great companies who are moving the needle toward health and food justice. And obviously I love tasting food from all over the country. Last but not least, Edible had a booth! Y'all know Edible Baja Arizona is close to my heart, so it was fun to see other Edible magazines from all over the country! I got to grab a few to check out from other cities. I will say, Edible Baja is like....by far the best. I'm not just saying that. It's twice the size of any of the other issues, and it is chock full of gorgeous photos and interesting articles. It makes me super proud to be a small part of that team.
All in all, it was a hot, exhausting, interesting, delicious, fun, gorgeous day. If you can, make plans to go next year!!