Use Your Brain
Hands-on workshops and panel discussions will focus on issues that are impacting the world’s food system and feature speakers like Massimo Bottura, Deb Eschmeyer, Daniela Ibarra-Howell, John Ikerd, Raj Patel, Steven Satterfield, Alon Shaya, Woody Tasch, Poppy Tooker, as well as Colorado chefs Daniel Asher, Jennifer Jasinski, Sheila Lucero, Paul Reilly, Alex Seidel, Chris Starkus and Kelly Whitaker.
Ticketed workshops on Saturday and Sunday include topics such as a guided tasting of American honey paired with local cheeses and breads, the ancient process of making traditional Mexican tortillas, a sampling of sustainably sourced oysters from around the globe, and cooking with heritage grains at home. Held simultaneously, a summit series is designed to take a deeper dive into the challenges and opportunities facing food in the 21st century with sessions such as The Buzz about Biodiversity, When Disaster Strikes, Farming for the Future, and Waste Not, Want Not.
This year’s festival theme, Food for Change, is intertwined with the learning sessions and aimed at examining how food is a victim, cause and solution to climate change. Slow Food Nations also presents delicious solutions regarding what people can do every day to make positive change that impacts the planet and connects attendees with rural producers, chefs and international guests.
Plug into Family Style
The weekend wraps up on Sunday evening in true Slow Food fashion with a Zero Waste Family Meal served family style in a communal setting and using food waste captured at the festival. Taste the amazing possibilities of cooking with food that may have otherwise been thrown away. Another highlight is the Family Pavilion on Saturday and Sunday with hands-on activities for all ages like cooking, gardening and art.
“It’s really time to change the food system, which is responsible for great environmental damages and for a fifth of the emissions causing climate change. A real alternative is possible, and we want to show it at Slow Food Nations,” says Richard McCarthy, executive director of Slow Food USA. “We are thrilled to return to Colorado for our second annual event as the state has so much energy and commitment around slow food.”
For tickets and a complete schedule of events with times and locations, visit www.slowfoodnations.org.