Taste great food. Explore your roots. Bring to life forgotten memories. Learn new skills about living a healthier and more sustainable life. Or just have fun and get inspired.
“A Jewish food festival has the amazing ability to meld traditions and memories with innovation and excitement,” says Sarah Kornhauser, Director of Hazon Denver, which will be bringing the Jewish food movement to the Boulder JCC on Sunday, April 15th. “You can taste new versions of traditional Jewish recipes, enter the Rocky Mountain Kugel Kontest, and learn how to keep chickens and grow your own vegetables using aquaponics. The Colorado Jewish Food Fest inspires both the people who come to connect more deeply to their roots and those who want to experience how Jews do food in the 21st century.”
At the Jewish Food Fest, when you stop by a pickling booth at the DIY Pop-Up, you get more than just a memory about your grandma’s dill pickles: you may find yourself learning about how preserving food can increase your health and well being and cut down on food waste. You may even end up inspired to grow your own cucumbers and herbs, with new know-how from an aquaponics workshop.
“We realized there is a Jewish connection to social activism and access to clean, sustainable food and a living wage. Lots of folks massed around the booth and signed petitions, and took action,” recalled a participant at the 2017 Food Festival.
Hazon has been running Jewish Food Festivals throughout the country for seven years. Each event is an opportunity to bring to life not only the way food tastes, but also the ways in which our food choices and systems can hurt or heal the world.
From workshops and DIY activities to farm tours, and of course, lots and lots of food, the Jewish Food Fest is a lot of things for a lot of people: Make your own herbal tea bags. Infuse your own butter with local herbs. Decipher the Dirty Dozen and the Clean 15. Savor Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Israeli Jewish food. Make your own massaged kale salad and create a colossal mobile out of egg cartons.
There will be Milk and Honey Farm tours, community art, a Jeff and Paige concert, and plenty of food for purchase (River and Woods, Zeal, Latke Love, and Kosher food from Sweet Pea Cuisine, and more), and workshops on topics including: Backyard Chicken-Keeping, Make Your Own Reusable Beeswax Rood Wrap for kids, Food Still Life Painting, Aquaponics, Poetry and Local Food, and Farm to Cocktail: The Art of Local Mixology, and Farm to Canape: The Art of Local Appetizers.
For more information, visit us online at coloradojewishfoodfest.com.