Feed Me…I’m Hungry writer Michelle Sandstrom is also the Denver City Editor over at The Daily Meal, where her job is to search out and report on the best food in Denver. Read on for food news and Denver dinning recommendations.
Despite the threat of snow, there was a solid turnout for Denver’s newest food festival, A Bite of the Rockies. A major goal of this festival was to showcase locally owned restaurants, food trucks, and specialty food vendors who might not be able to participate in other Colorado food festivals. In an interview before the festival’s opening, Cat Kirk of Rainbow Girl Productions, the company that organized the festival, said, “I’m not going to mention any names, but some of the bigger food festivals have gone corporate in recent years, making it too expensive for local places to be involved.”
In some ways this goal was achieved. There were at least 40 local vendors present for the event, showing off baked goods, spices and sauces, honey, cheeses, preserves, coffee, loose leaf teas, cookware and more. The Styria Bakery, which specializes in European style gourmet and artisan breads, was a highlight. Their fresh baked asiago basil loaf had a lightly crisped crust and a soft chewy inside. The asiago was on the sharper side giving the bread a nice bite. Another unique vendor was Cream City Market, which produces Wisconsin cheese curds. The business has recently relocated to Colorado from Wisconsin, bringing their traditional techniques and hometown favorites along.
Yet the small selection of restaurants present for the event was disappointing. There were only three or four places where you could get something more substantial than a tiny sample cup to eat. Even national chain Quaker Steak and Lube, who had been scheduled to be a part of the event, was absent. “We had five restaurants cancel on us at the last minute.” Kirk told us.