Local, sustainable, organic, field-to-fork, garden-to-table, harvest-to-plate. These are all food-centric buzz words that encourage us to think about the bumper crop of agriculture that grows outside our front doors. And now you can learn a whole lot more about foraging for food on a local level at the Local Foods Festival, which crops up this weekend at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield.
Were really trying to encourage people to learn more about growing their own food and eating locally, and this weekend is a perfect opportunity to learn about both, says DBG spokesman Will Jones. The two-day event, which goes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days, includes a professional and amateur chile competition, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, a rodeo and barbecue, more than fifty Colorado growers, food producers and purveyors, a food court selling state-grown foodstuffs and educational demonstrations devoted to growing fresh herbs and produce in your own back yard.
In addition, Chipotle Mexican Grill, a homegrown chain that champions (and serves) ingredients culled from farms that foster the humane treatment of their livestock, will do a demo showcasing its salsa-making prowess. Admission to the festival is free. The DBGs Chatfield location is at 8500 Deer Creek Canyon Road in Littleton. To learn more, call 303-973-3705 or go to www.botanicgardens.org/content/local-foods-festival.
Sept. 11-12, 2010