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Food Day activities will bloom at the Denver Botanic Gardens

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Denver's Food Day activities are rooted at the Denver Botanic Gardens, 1007 York Street, which has partnered with several community groups for an eleven-hour extravaganza that's part of a nationwide campaign to promote affordable food in a sustainable way.

The activities, which will run from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today, include cooking classes, speakers on a variety of topics, a noon spread of samples from local restaurants, screenings of movies on community gardening and food production, and an all-day Food Day expo in Mitchell Hall. And all of the events are free -- as is admission to the Gardens today.

Here's the complete schedule:

10 - 11 a.m. Lecture: "Cooking Healthy on a Budget"

10 a.m.- 1 p.m. Children's activities including Home Harvest Garden scavenger hunt, fresh veggie taste test, planting veggies to take home

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Cooking Demo: "Healthy Snacks for Kids"

11:15 a.m.- 12:15 p.m. Film Screening: A Garden in Every Neighborhood

Noon - 1 p.m. Restaurant Sampler: Free tastings from local restaurants

12:30 - 1:30 p.m. Lunchtime Lecture: "Get in Touch With Your Food Source" -- understanding where your food is coming from

1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Lecture/Discussion: "Food Access and Action"

3 - 4 p.m. Lecture/Presentation: "School Food -- Stirring the Pot for a School Food Renaissance"

3-6 p.m. Restaurant Supported Agriculture Symposium

4:15 - 5:15 p.m. Lecture: "Home Food Preparation, Preservation and Dehydration -- Best Practices"

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Cooking Demonstration: "Canning Like Your Life Depends On It"

7-9 p.m. Film Screening: The Power of Community

Find more information at the Denver Botanic Gardens website.

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