Our summer comeback – Boulder Weekly
We missed it. All the sips, tastes and “yums”. Frankly, we missed “us”. We took it for granted that every Colorado summer would be filled with tasty and fun events in Boulder County and across the state.
It was PC: pre-Covid. While not all is back to “normal”, Summer 22 will mark the return of so many of the food and drink gatherings that have been on hiatus, as well as the launch of new festivals, tastings, classes and forays.
Welcome to the party that continues throughout the fall, but given the pent-up demand, you better get tickets ASAP. Tickets for many popular events are already selling out.
The season in Boulder County is off to a flying start. Our favorite mid-week get-together, Wednesday nights at the Boulder Farmer’s Market, started May 4th. Saturday farmers markets in Longmont and Boulder are already roaring. Many farm stands are also starting to open.
If you’re growing in your garden or on your patio, stop by the Boulder Valley School District Organic Plant and Seed Sale, May 6, 7, and 14 at the BVSD Greenhouse, 6600 Arapahoe Road, Boulder
If you’d rather join the Boulder mushroom boom, sign up for a Oyster mushroom workshopMay 7 at Boulder’s Benevolence Orchard & Gardens
Find out how well you can eat wheat-free at Gluten-free food festival, May 7, at Holiday Brewing Company in Golden. You can sample gluten-free beers and food from Crestone Bakery, Love’s Gluten Free Bakery, Wave the Grain, Denver Poke Company and others.
Free Culinary Arts Festival3-7 p.m. May 14 on Fourth Avenue in Longmont, features art, music, and food from local farms and restaurant folks such as Rising Tiger Co., Slow Food Boulder County , Wispy Greens, Green Belly Foods, Pot Heads Coffee, Squeak and Squawk Farm and KREAM Kimchi.
For a more refined country-style meal, sign up for the very first Ya Ya sisters tea, 11:15 a.m. May at the Ya Ya farm and orchard in Longmont. The event includes small sandwiches, cakes, mimosas and tea in the blossoming orchards. Bring a cup of tea (yayafarmandorchard.com).
If you want to enjoy a New Zealand IPA paired with a maple, bacon and bourbon-stuffed jalapeño, take the Upslope Brewing Beer and Food Tour, May 24 on the rooftop terrace. to William Oliver’s Publick House in Lafayette
The loved one Boulder Creek Festival is finally back May 28-30 in downtown Boulder with free live music, site-wide food trucks, and the Creekside Beer Fest featuring unlimited samplings of many local brews.
June brings the rebirth of Taste of Louisville along Main Street on June 4, with kiosks offering samples of local restaurants, bakeries and breweries (louisvillechamber.com).
On June 18 and 19, the three-leaf farm of Lafayette welcomes Botanica: a plant festival with guest speakers and hands-on workshops on wild foods, garden poisons, mushrooms, herbal teas and natural medicine, plus dinner at the farm (botanicafestival.com).
What child (or adult) doesn’t want to be standing in a field? Boulder’s Growing gardens encourages field trips and family events like Meet the Honeybees on June 18 (growgardens.org)
Slow Food Boulder County Celebrates Summer in Cultures with Tours, Burgers and a Campfire June 25 at Longmont’s Community table farm (slowfoodboulder.org).
Do you still have visitors this season? Keep them culinary entertained with a tasting walking tour of restaurants and bars in downtown Boulder for ages 10+ Visits to local tables (localtabletours.com).
Summer cooking class
by Longmont Culinary Journey offers a basic and fundamental cooking class in Spanish, Mediterranean and Peruvian cuisines that includes culture, language and tasting (journeyculinary.com).
The Boulder Professional Culinary Arts School Auguste Escoffier again offers an in-person class schedule for home cooks (escoffier.edu).
You can meet and milk goats and make goat cheese in class this summer at Longmont’s The art of cheese (theartofcheese.com).
Isn’t it time your kids learned to do something really useful, like baking French pastries for you? Delphine Gawain from At Delphine’s Cottage French Bakery offers French pastry lessons in its Superior kitchen or at your home (chezdelphine.shop).
Boulder’s food laboratory the program includes evening classes for adults as well as camps for children throughout the summer (foodlabboulder.com).
Boulder County Farm Dinners
Whistling Boar’s Summer Farmhouse Supper Club is offering a dinner series starting June 30 at Longmont’s MetaCarbon Organic Farm (whistlingboard.com).
Summer dinners at Lafayette three leaf farm are scheduled for June 12, July 17, August 14 and September 11 (threeleaffarm.com).
Summer dinners for the benefit of non-profit organizations in The Farmette (lyonsfarmette.com) in Lyon include: August 10: Forage Sisters (for Slow Food); and September 7: Blackbelly (for Sophie’s neighborhood).
The culinary pleasure of summer continues in Kitchen on page 29 with food events and festivals happening across the state.
Local Food News
Supermoon closed at 909 Walnut St., former location of Arcana… Rosenberg’s Bagels opened Sherry’s Soda Shoppe next door on the Hill. It’s a throwback fountain outfitted in marble, brass, and mahogany, serving first-class spoons, sodas, phosphates, floats, shakes, and affogatos. … Coming soon: Maine Shack, 1600 Pearl St., former site of the short-lived Emerson Restaurant; Dickens 300 Prime, 1125 Pearl St., former longtime home of West Flanders Brewing Co.
“I love how baking makes me feel. It motivates me and slows me down. It’s the shaping of baguettes and buns that is cathartic. It’s like working with clay. —Andy Clark, Moxie Bread Co.
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