Denver’s first food incubator market TheBigWonderful is thrilled to announce that local libation authority, Stuart Jensen, will be serving up three of his inventive cocktails at the event each week. Well known as a local talent behind the bar at the Green Russell and recent award winner of ShakeStir’s Denver Flash Cocktail Competition, Jensen will be featuring a variety of locally sourced and freshly made cocktails each week. Jensen and Josh Sampson, the founder of TheBigWonderful, met while Jensen was bartending at the Green Russell and Josh was enjoying a cocktail at the bar. They struck up a conversation about Denver’s ever-growing food scene and what it was missing compared to other great food cities around the country. From this conversation, was born the concept of TheBigWonderful and a homegrown partnership.
“Josh and I hit it off right away because we both knew that Denver needed more events like this,” said Jensen. “After coming up with the idea of TheBigWonderful, he came back and told me about what he had in store, and I knew that I wanted to be a part of it.”
In addition to concepting a unique menu of rotating cocktails each week and serving them to attendees, Jensen will also be working to secure local beverage vendors for the market. Thus far, confirmed participants include the Breckenridge Distillery, Peach Street Distillers, Great Divide Brewery and Oskar Blues Brewery.
TheBigWonderful is a low-cost, high-traffic option to try something new. For foodies, that means free admission to a market offering affordable, delicious, inspiring local foods. For vendors, it’s a year-round locale that offers entrepreneurs and established businesses a place to pilot new concepts. Each business has the chance to get noticed for their talents, drive revenue and test their creations, while keeping all proceeds from their sales to help ignite their business. TheBigWonderful’s Grand Opening will take place on Saturday, July 12th at Sustainability Park (26th and Lawrence) in Denver, with more than 50 unique, healthy and palate-pleasing foods, bohemian brews and useful crafts. Vendors interested in submitting can apply for the entire summer here. A significant percentage of the proceeds will benefit The Urban Farmers Collaborative as well as several other charitable organizations.
“We are so excited to have Stuart be our local libation expert for TheBigWonderful,” said Co-Founder Josh Sampson. “The event offers something for everyone complete with a beer garden, an endless number of mouth-watering tastes, live music and now some of Denver’s best cocktails.”
The list of confirmed vendors are widely varied and range from national concepts looking to expand to Denver’s growing food scene, like Victory Coffee, a NY-based, ‘Willy Wonka’ Style Coffee to more culturally diverse concepts including, A Taste of the Philippines, and their hand-rolled Filipino-style egg rolls known as Lumpias. TheBigWonderful will also feature numerous food truck purveyors including the popular Ba-Nom-a-Nom’s gluten, dairy, additive and sugar free “fro yo” and East Coast Joe’s traditional Maine lobster rolls and crab roll.
Here’s what to expect at TheBigWonderful:
Sustainable practices: TheBigWonderful seeks to bring the best of Denver’s emerging food scene to the masses without leaving a footprint. That means no two booths are the same, and there’s no waste. All organic waste is recycled back to farms to produce nutrient-rich soil.
All are welcome: From date night to family time, TheBigWonderful truly is an experience all can enjoy. Open every Saturday, from 11am to dusk and Final Fridays from 5pm to 10pm.
Beats, brews and big ideas: Local DJs from the famous Cervantes, brewers and entrepreneurs join in the fun, creating an event that provides more than just good food, but a locally sourced block party of epic proportions.