Perhaps you’ve heard that Denver is hosting this year’s Slow Food Nations food festival – an event that means to focus on locally produced ingredients and community. If you fancy yourself a foodie, and even if you don’t, you’ll want to be there. All weekend, events will be happening at Union Station and Larimer Square in Downtown Denver. From food demonstrations to block parties, a children’s garden and even a performance by Jack Johnson this festival will be unlike anything else we’ve seen in Denver before. There are countless planned events, both paid and free, that you can peruse on their website.
We are super excited about our role as Delegate for Slow Foods Turtle Island. We will be hosting a kitchen in the Taste Marketplace, which is one of the free attractions located on Larimer Square. Within the Taste Marketplace, many different Slow Food Nations will be represented, including Slow Food Mexico, Italy, and Turtle Island. You will be able to purchase and enjoy many unique and delicious dishes in the marketplace – we honestly can’t wait to try them all! Here is a little glimpse of some of the items we will be offering:
- Blue corn mush – our breakfast of champions that you can currently find if you visit our Food Truck at area Farmer’s Markets
- Braised rabbit – yes you read that right. If you haven’t tried it before, this is your chance – you won’t regret it!
- Three sisters wild rice salad – a delicious and healthy vegetarian option
- Amaranth and corn pudding – we’re not drooling, you’re drooling.
- And much more
This event promises to be unlike anything we’ve ever been a part of and we are so excited to meet and cook with chefs from all over the world. We really believe in this movement, and are so excited to spread the values of Slow Food Turtle Island to our friends in Denver and beyond. If you come to the festival, please stop by and say hello! We will be there Saturday and Sunday.
About Slow Food Nations
From their website, the movement is described as follows:
Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization, founded in 1989 to prevent the disappearance of local food cultures and traditions, counteract the rise of fast life and combat people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from and how our food choices affect the world around us. Since its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in over 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to good, clean and fair food. There are over 150 chapters in the USA.
This mission and purpose is at the heart of what we do at Tocabe. As we continue to enhance our menu, through sourcing and introducing new indigenous ingredients and dishes, we especially strive to promote the positive movement of American Indian food culture, and beyond that, we hope to spread the love of indigenous foods and ingredients to the broader community. This festival is giving us a chance to highlight that, and we couldn’t be more excited.
We really hope to see you there! If you take photos of your experience we would love to see them. Make sure to tag Tocabe on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and use the hashtag #TocabeOnTheTown After the event we will be sharing all about our experience and would love to include photos from our community.