Mark your calendar for food event born in Italy.
Slow Food USA announces that Slow Food Nations takes place in Denver from July 14-16. Inspired by Slow Food International’s biennial Terra Madre gathering in Turin, Italy, Slow Food Nations combines the energy of a street food festival, the rigor of an academic conference and the inspiration of a cultural exchange. Big culinary names like Alice Waters, Ron Finley, Simran Sethi, Jack Johnson, Alon Shaya and Colorado’s own Hosea Rosenberg are among the food movement leaders joining the festival.
Entrance to the festival is free and includes a taste marketplace with 100 exhibitors and producers, an outdoor culinary stage, gardening and cooking activities for kids and families, heritage food tastings, author talk, and more.
I am posting this now because tickets for some of the key events went saleon Monday, April 10 . Slow Food leaders from around the globe are to participate in an all-day delegate summit including small group discussions, focused working groups and a lunch by Alice Waters that will explore school lunch as an academic subject. Delegates will then serve as hosts and speakers during the weekend festival.
The first round of ticketed events and include taste workshops, block parties, regional food and farm tours, roundtable discussions, and one-of-a-kind dinners.
Slow Food Nations is organized to reimagine the food festival to inspire individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair. As Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini says, “If you want to change the world, don’t do it with sadness; do it with joy.”