Slow Food Nations in Denver: Everything you need to know about this food festival

Posted at 8:38 PM, Jul 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-14 22:38:14-04

DENVER – You’ve heard about fast food, but do know what the slow food is all about?

Slow Food Nations, a festival which celebrates good, clean and fair food for all, is in Denver this weekend – and not only will there be food, but you will also have the chance to enjoy live music, author talks and many other things.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Slow Food Nations event happening in downtown Denver this weekend:

What is Slow Food Nations about?

The event itself is inspired by Slow Food International’s biennial Terra Madre gathering in Turin, Italy. The movement, which started it 1989, combines the energy of a street food festival, the rigor of an academic conference and the inspiration of a cultural exchange.

OK, so what can I find at this slow food festival?

While many of us will go just for the food, there’s a lot more: The festival will feature marketplace 100 exhibitors and producers, an outdoor culinary stage, gardening and cooking activities for kids and their families, heritage food tastings, author talks and more.

Who will talk at the event?

Carlo Petrini, Alice Waters, Ron Finley, Simran Sethi, Jack Johnson, Hosea Rosenberg, and Alon Shaya are just a few of the many food movement leaders who will be speaking at the three-day event.

Cool, but where is it going to be taking place?

There will be several venues spread out throughout downtown Denver. Some of these include Larimer Square, Union Station. For a full list of the event venues, click here.

Wow. This festival sounds expensive. How much will it cost to get in?

Slow Food Nations in Denver is free for general admission and select talks. Workshops and other events do have a price tag. Check the event calendar for a full list.

OK, but what about parking?

It’s downtown Denver and there’s going to be an event, so taking your car isn’t probably the best way to go. Public transportation, biking and carpooling are highly encouraged.

Use promo code SLOWFOODNATIONS for a Lyft discount.

How many people are expected to show up?

Slow Food Nations expects to see about 20,000 people over the weekend, including 500 slow food delegates.

What else can I see at the event?

Well you can’t go wrong with food tasting. The Taste Marketplace at Larimer Square will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Families will also be able to experience and learn about gardening and cooking as there will be free garden demonstrations and tasting classes.

Did we mention there will be block parties? Slow Food Nations will also celebrate the joy of eating with parties fearing chefs, plenty of drinks and great entertainment.

Tell me again: What’s free and what isn’t?

The Taste Marketplace at Larimer Square will be free! (See above for more information).

The gardening event will not be free. From 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., you can experience and learn more about the garden revolution at the Metropolitan State University Hospitality Learning Center. Tickets are $15 per person.