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Great American Beer Festival: Farm to Table preview

Culinary School of the Rockies
Photo courtesy of: GABF

The nation’s largest beer festival has added another dimension for 2009–local food. For the first time this year, 250 lucky participants, whose event passes were randomly enclosed with their GABF tickets, will be able to sample food from local farms and ranches. 

  • Note: If you weren't lucky enough to get a ticket, swing by the booth for a chance to win a pair.

Attendees will discover how much fresh, local foods have in common with craft beer from small and independent breweries during two sessions: 7-8:45 p.m. on both Sept. 24-25.

“Over the course of the last two weeks, we have been working with Colorado farmers and ranchers," said Chef Adam Duyle from the Culinary School of the Rockies in Boulder. "We have a row of greens specifically planted just for this event, two whole lambs that will be served confit, fresh pork belly, Colorado bison, heirloom tomatoes, and much more. This event happens to run parallel to Colorado's peak harvest season.”

Participating chefs:

Participating breweries:

Want a “farm to table” experience right here in the Highlands neighborhood? Check out these great restaurants that source locally, or grow it themselves!

Duo Restaurant: Offers a seasonal changing menu with the freshest ingredients available and a relaxed and unassuming environment which attracts diners who might wish to linger over a cup of coffee, a glass of wine at the bar, or to enjoy a hearty meal.

Root Down: Following a “field to fork” mentality, Root Down prefers to stay as organic, natural and local as possible. We want our food to be colorful, passionate, improvisational and simplistically sophisticated. And our ultimate goal is for every plated item to be of utmost quality and freshness, with an artistic presentation.

-Squeaky Bean: Despite the playful name and coffeeshop atmosphere, this place is serious about creating simple, delicious food and cocktails crafted with seasonally fresh and local ingredients. Produce comes from a 1,200 square foot urban garden just behind the restaurant as well as local growers such as Aspen Moon Farms (Longmont, CO).

Z Cuisine: Freshness, local produce and quality ingredients. Z Cuisine is a genuine French Parisian Bistrot, located in the historic Highlands neighborhood. We offer a daily 'blackboard' menu "cuisine du terroir" following the whispers of the seasons.

Not only does Charlie Papazian, Great American Beer Festival founder, write for, but we have dozens of other craft beer experts covering hops and barley. Follow their coverage throughout September of one of the world's largest beer festivals. Click here for Charlie’s take on beer and GABF articles.