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The momentum created at the Hazon Food Festival last year at CU Boulder spurred a movement. This year, the Hazon Food Festival: Rocky Mountains will be at the Denver Jewish Day School.

Hazon Local Food Festival Returns to Front Range

Mural created at the 2012 Hazon Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit.
Mural created at the 2012 Hazon Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit.

The Hazon Food Festival: Rocky Mountains is a unique taste of the local Jewish Food Movement. It’s a local twist on Hazon’s successful national, multi-day Food Conference. Come and  join the Colorado Jewish community for this day-long conference with more than 20 sessions to choose from. Rocky Mountain foodies, beekeepers, rabbis, restaurateurs, chefs, farmers, entrepreneurs, educators, vegans and omnivores alike, all will come together to explore the dynamic interplay of food, sustainability, Jewish traditions, and contemporary life.

Highlights include: keynote speaker David Sirota; a shuk (market) featuring more than 20 local vendors; delicious, kosher lunch and snacks; a multi-denominational rabbis panel on the meaning of kosher; D.I.Y. sessions on challah braiding, butter making, pickling and fermenting; Camp Ekar for kids ages 6-10; dynamic sessions for middle schoolers; and a local beer tasting to close out the day! Many of Boulder’s educators, spiritual leaders, and Jewish Food Movement leaders will be leading sessions.

The momentum created at the Hazon Food Festival last year at CU Boulder spurred a movement. Last month there was a Food Festival in San Francisco, there is another scheduled for Philly in the fall, and two more being planned for New York and southern California. Because of the success last year (including the participation of more than 190 people), people from coast to coast are getting their Jewish communities together to explore the compelling issues of food and sustainability.

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Festival participants break out in spontaneous song and dance during the Do It Yourself Extravaganza at the 2012 Hazon Rocky Mountain Jewish Food Summit.

One day, someone said “Let’s have a Jewish film fest.” And someone else said, “How many Jewish films can there possibly be?” To which the response has proven to be, “Hundreds!” Last year, the Colorado Jewish community said, “Let’s have a Jewish Food Fest”, to which we replied, “Okay, let’s see where it goes.” The Hazon Food Festival: Rocky Mountains… the movement began here.

Join Hazon on Sunday, April 28th from 9:00 am-5:00 pm at the Denver Jewish Day School. To register for the festival visit their registration page. Advance registration ($25- $50) ends Friday, April 26th. Saturday and day-of registration is $70.

Contact 303-886-4894 or Colorado@Hazon.org for questions or more information.

About Becky O'Brien

Hazon is America's largest Jewish environmental organization. We create healthier and more sustainable communities in the Jewish world and beyond. Hazon in Colorado is led by Becky O'Brien, Boulder Director and Sarah Kornhauser, Denver Director.

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