we missed it All the sips, tastes and yums. To be honest, we missed “us”. We figured every summer in Colorado would be packed with cool, yummy events in Boulder County and across the state.
That was PC: before Covid. While all is not back to ‘normal’, Summer 22 will mark the return of so many food and drink gatherings that have been put on hold, along with the launch of new festivals, tastings, classes and forays.
Welcome back to the festival running through the fall, but with pent-up demand, get your tickets as soon as possible. Tickets for many popular events are already sold out.
The Boulder County season starts with a bang. Our favorite meeting of the week, Wednesday night at the Boulder Farmers Market, started on May 4th. The Saturday Farmers’ Markets in Longmont and Boulder are already raging. Many farm stalls are also beginning to open.
If you are growing in your garden or patio, visit the Boulder Valley School District Organic Plant and Seed Sale on May 6th, 7th and 14th at the BVSD Greenhouse, 6600 Arapahoe Road, Boulder
If you’d rather join Boulder’s mushroom boom, sign up for one Oyster Mushroom WorkshopMay 7, at Boulder’s Benevolence Orchard & Gardens
You can find out how well you can eat without wheat in the Gluten-free gourmet feast, May 7, at the Holidayily Brewing Company in Golden. Sample gluten-free beers and foods from Crestone Bakery, Love’s Gluten Free Bakery, Wave the Grain, Denver Poke Company, and more.
The freedom Art of Food Fest3-7 pm May 14 on Fourth Avenue in Longmont, will feature art, music and food from local farms and food folks like Rising Tiger Co., Slow Food Boulder County, Wispy Greens, Green Belly Foods, Pot Heads Coffee, Squeak and Squawk Farm and KREAM Kimchi.
Sign up for a more refined country meal for the first time Ya Ya Sisters High Tea, 11 a.m. on May 15 at Longmont’s Ya Ya Farm and Orchard. The event includes small sandwiches, cakes, mimosas and tea in the blossoming orchards. Bring a teacup (yayafarmandorchard.com).
If you want to enjoy a New Zealand IPA along with a bacon-wrapped jalapeño with a maple, bacon, and bourbon filling, then join the Upslope Brewing Guided Rooftop Beer and Food Tour on May 24th William Oliver’s Public House in Lafayette
The beloved Boulder Creek Festival is finally back in downtown Boulder May 28-30 with free live music, property-wide food trucks and the Creekside Beer Fest featuring unlimited samples from numerous local breweries.
June brings the rebirth of Taste of Louisville along Main Street on June 4th, with booths offering samples from local restaurants, bakeries and breweries (louisvillechamber.com).
On June 18th and 19th, Lafayette’s Three Leaf Farm will host Botanica: A celebration of plants with speakers and hands-on workshops on wild foods, garden poisons, mushrooms, herbal teas and naturopathy, as well as a farm dinner (botanicafestival.com).
What kid (or adult) wouldn’t want to stand out in a field? boulders Growing Gardens encourages field trips and family events like “Meet the Honeybees” on June 18 (Growinggardens.org)
Slow Food Boulder County celebrates summer in harvest with tours, burgers and a bonfire June 25 at Longmont’s Communal table farm (slowfoodboulder.org).
Will there be visitors again this season? Entertain them with culinary delights with a restaurant and bar tasting tour of downtown Boulder from the 10-year-old Local table tours (localtabletours.com).
Summer Cooking Classes
Longmont’s Culinary journey offers a basic cooking class in Spanish, Mediterranean and Peruvian cuisine that includes culture, language and tasting (journeyculinary.com).
Boulder is a pro Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts is once again offering a schedule of in-person classes for home cooks (escoffier.edu).
This summer at Longmont’s you can meet goats and milk goats and make Chevre cheese in classes The art of cheese (theheartofcheese.com).
Isn’t it about time your kids learned to do something really useful, like bake French pastries for you? Delphine Gauvain by chez dolphins French Bakery Cottage offers French pastry courses in their superior kitchen or at your home (chezdelphine.shop).
boulders food lab The schedule includes date night classes for adults as well as camps for kids throughout the summer (foodlabboulder.com).
Farm dinners in Boulder County
Whistling Boar’s Summer Farmhouse Supper Club is offering a dinner series at Longmont’s beginning June 30th Organic farm MetaCarbon (whistlingboar.com).
Summer dinner at Lafayette’s Three Leaf Farm are scheduled for June 12, July 17, August 14 and September 11 (threeleaffarm.com).
Summer Dinner to Benefit Non-Profit Organizations The Farmett (lyonsfarmette.com) in Lyon include: August 10: Forage Sisters (for Slow Food); and September 7: Blackbelly (for Sophie’s neighborhood).
The summer dining fun continues kitchen on page 29 for food and drink events and festivals happening across the state.
Local Food News
Supermoon has closed at 909 Walnut St., the former location of Arcana…Rosenberg’s Bagels has opened Sherry’s Soda Shoppe next door up the hill. It’s a throwback fountain decked out in marble, brass, and mahogany, feeding premium scoops, sodas, phosphates, floats, shakes, and affogatos. … Coming soon: Maine Shack, 1600 Pearl St., former location of the short-lived Emerson Restaurant; Dickens 300 Prime, 1125 Pearl St., former longtime home of the West Flanders Brewing Co.
words to chew
“I like the way baking makes me feel. It grounds me and slows me down. It’s the shaping of the baguettes and buns that is cathartic. It’s the same as working with clay.” — Andy Clark, Moxie Bread Co.
John Lehndorff hosts Radio Nibbles on KGNU (88.5 FM, kgnu.org) on Thursdays. Comments: email@example.com.