A Taste of Slow Food Nations

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July 17th, 2017

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The Slow Food movement is what vegetable gardeners have been promoting since the first gardens were planted: eating seasonal produce thats local and organic.

The Slow Food movement is what vegetable gardeners have been promoting since the first gardens were planted: eating seasonal produce that's local and organic.

Jodi Torpey

Vendors sold their edible wares, but gave some away, too. Visitors to this booth were encouraged to try a free sample of sunchokes or squashes.

Vendors sold their edible wares, but gave some away, too. Visitors to this booth were encouraged to try a free sample of sunchokes or squashes.

Jodi Torpey

The Mobile Farmers Market was filled with products made, produced and harvested by the Tribal members of the Native Food Network (nativefoodnetwork.com). 

The Mobile Farmers Market was filled with products made, produced and harvested by the Tribal members of the Native Food Network (nativefoodnetwork.com). 

Jodi Torpey

A special childrens garden included a series of raised beds filled with herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers. One bed featured rows of small corn plants placed close to a grinder and bowl of corn. The display helps kids make the connection between plants and the foods they eat.

A special children's garden included a series of raised beds filled with herbs, fruits, vegetables and flowers. One bed featured rows of small corn plants placed close to a grinder and bowl of corn. The display helps kids make the connection between plants and the foods they eat.

Jodi Torpey

The booth of Slow Food in Hawaii featured samples of Taro, a plant with a thick root thats boiled and eaten, similar to a potato. The Kona Coffee Farmers Association provided samples of Kona coffee, too.

The booth of Slow Food in Hawai'i featured samples of Taro, a plant with a thick root that's boiled and eaten, similar to a potato. The Kona Coffee Farmers Association provided samples of Kona coffee, too.

Jodi Torpey

Vegetable gardeners could get a few new ideas for their pickling efforts at The Real Dill booth.

Vegetable gardeners could get a few new ideas for their pickling efforts at The Real Dill booth.

Jodi Torpey

The Taste Marketplace gave festival goers the chance to sample many different kinds of cheeses and meats, homegrown vegetables, spices, roasted crickets, chocolates, elderberry juices, fresh fruits, and other delicacies from across the country. 

The Taste Marketplace gave festival goers the chance to sample many different kinds of cheeses and meats, homegrown vegetables, spices, roasted crickets, chocolates, elderberry juices, fresh fruits, and other delicacies from across the country. 

Jodi Torpey

The Slow Food movement is what vegetable gardeners have been promoting since the first gardens were planted: eating seasonal produce thats local and organic.Click To Enlarge

The Slow Food movement is what vegetable gardeners have been promoting since the first gardens were planted: eating seasonal produce that's local and organic.

Photo: Jodi Torpey

Slow Food USA brought its message to the streets of Denver over the weekend with food advocates from around the world. Eat Local. Support Sustainable Agriculture. Know Your Fisherman. Eat With the Ecosystem...and more.

Slow Foods started in Italy in the late 1980s with a goal to "inspire individuals and communities to change the world through food that is good, clean and fair for all."

No doubt thousands of people were inspired to try new and different food offerings through free tastings, a marketplace of delicious and unusual edible items, new recipes, educational programs, and the opportunity to be part of something special. 

The event is set to become an annual affair, so plan ahead for next year's festival in Denver, Colo.

Here's a photo tour of some of the highlights at Slow Food Nations. I'll be featuring individual vendors in future VegetableGardener.com blog posts.


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