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Slow Food Nations kicked off on July 13 with a Slow Food USA delegate reception at the Denver Performing Arts Complex, where Mayor Michael Hancock welcomed representatives from dozens of U.S. cities and Snooze founder Adam Schlegel, the unofficial mayor of Denver brunch, ushered in a night of hospitality and great food at the Big Eat, just outside in the Galleria. From there, the Slow Food movement flooded the city with a series of outdoor markets and festivals as well as numerous lectures, demonstrations, chef dinners and tastings. Award-winning chefs popped up at various lunches and dinners when they weren't speaking about sustainability, culinary traditions and American food culture.
Here's a tasty sampling of photos from the weekend; for more, see our slideshows for the Big Eat, the Taste Marketplace and the Colorado Made Block Party.
Good food on offer at the Big Eat.
The produce section at the Big Eat.
Ryan Negley of Deerhammer Distilling Co. pouring a cocktail at the Colorado Made Block Party.
Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria serves traditional Neapolitan pizza at the Big Eat.
Denver-made cured meats at the Big Eat.
Pita from visiting chef Alon Shaya at Comal.
The samples were plentiful at the Taste Marketplace.
Hop on the Slow Food movement.
Colorado cheese at the Taste Marketplace.
One of the many Slow Food Nations snails.