When Bon Appétit honored Boulder back in 2010 as “America’s Foodiest Town,” it wasn’t just because of the city’s explosion of first-rate restaurants. The title referred to every aspect of Boulder’s food culture: The city’s exceptional farmers’ market, as well as its concerned farmers, talented food artisans, dedicated food media, and an entire community of food lovers. Now foodies everywhere can join the party with A Taste of Art, Boulder’s inaugural food festival with tastings, cooking and food photography classes, brew fests, chef competitions, thoughtful food discussions, and more, all sponsored by the Dairy Center for the Arts.
Join in the fun June 12–15, by sampling artful hors d’oeuvres served by the chefs at Zeal and Basta, picking up food styling tips from food photographer Carole Topalian, rooting for your favorite chef-and-local-artist team at the Artful Chef Competition, or bringing the kids for fruit- and veggie-filled fun with chef, author, advocate, and nutritionist-extraordinaire Ann Cooper. Locavores will eat up the thoughtful discussion on local food by Tracy Ryder, the co-founder of Edible Communities, Inc., and a forum lead by the Kitchen’s co-founder, Kimbal Musk, on building community through food.
Capping off the weekend is the Barbecue, Blues, and Brews fest held at noon on Sunday behind McGuckin Hardware (how fitting for Father’s Day). Learn from grill masters how to turn barbecue into an art form, taste the spoils of the efforts, throw back a few local brews, and soak in the blues performances. Like almost everything at this art fest, admission is free, but donations to the Dairy Center for the Arts are greatly appreciated.
Dairy Center for the Arts, 2590 Walnut St., Boulder, 303-440-7826
McGuckin Hardware, 2525 Arapaho Ave., Unit D1, Boulder, 303-443-1822