It will be here sooner than you think! Local Firsts Eat Local Celebration is a concentrated nearly two weeks of local food fun classes, tours, wine-tasting, free food demonstrations, parties and events that highlight the efforts of local family farms and those who support them. Its a delicious way to rediscover a deep sense of community and connect with who puts the food on your kitchen table.
If youre not dropping by the farmers market every Saturday morning, youre missing the best of whats out there. For example, on Sept. 10, local chef Lauren Slaff and Cooking Matters will demonstrate ways to stretch your dollar while eating well. Cooking Matters is a nationally-recognized program that has helped more than 11,000 families each year get hands-on experience learning how to eat well for a lifetime. Local volunteers such as Slaff use their professional culinary skills and love of food to do their part in ending childhood hunger. Check out the Cooking Matters website at www.cookingmatters.org.
From self-guided tours of all the chicken coops in the county to learning how to raise bees, the Eat Local Celebration will turn Durango into a walking-around learning lab that will connect you and your children with all that happens from plant to plate. Plus there are some great harvest-your-own-dinner opportunities, such as Sunday Brunch or Farm to Pizza at Hesperus Wagon Wheel Ranch. The complete events schedule is available online at www.local-first.org or call Local Firsts LeeAnn Vallejos at 799-6618.
In conjunction with the Eat Local Celebration, Durangos Adult Education Center is inviting coffee connoisseurs and casual consumers to the seventh annual Durango Coffee Festival, also on Sept. 10. The Saturday-morning event on Eighth Street and Main Avenue is a celebration of the coffee bean, a time to sample aromatic coffees and specialty drinks.
The one-day, fully caffeinated festival will feature drinks, food and entertainment for the entire family. Expect some coffee-inspired munchies, a Girl-Scout-cookie-and-coffee pairing and entertainment by Stillwater Musical Ensemble, plus surprise local talent.
The event will conclude with a live drawing for a coffee cruiser that is filled with local coffee gift items.
Kelly Quach at the Adult Education Center has the details.
Give Kelly a call at 385-4354. Shell tell you how for 24 years the Adult Education Center has been providing affordable educational opportunities to families, seniors and learners of all ages. Have a latte for literacy and support this great, local non-profit.
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