Tidbites | Week of Oct. 1, 2015

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FOOD AND FILM

The third annual Flatirons Food Film Festival is coming back to Boulder on Oct. 19-25 with movies, dinners, crawls and more.

The schedule of films features movies that document a wide array of the food world, with topics such as fermented foods, Jewish delis, Chinese- American cuisine, Sicilian fare and more. There’s also going to be talks and dinners provided by some of the biggest names in the Boulder and national food scene.

The week kicks off on Oct. 19 with a book signing from James Beard Award-winning writer Sandor Katz, author of multiple books on fermentation. The signing coincides with screenings of SandorKraut and Symphony of the Soil. There will also be a fermented food fair with fermented food and drink from Basta, Britt’s Pickles, Fresh Thymes, Happy Leaf Kombucha and many more. Tickets are $12 for the whole shebang, and that night’s events take place in the Muenzinger Auditorium at CU from 6:30- 9:45 p.m.

On Wednesday, Oct. 21, there will be a downtown Boulder sushi crawl guided by Local Table Tours. Hapa Sushi, Japango, Sushi Tora and Sushi Zanmai will all be serving their unique takes on the “Flatirons Food Film Festival roll.” Tickets are $45, and gatherers will meet at The Peppercorn on Pearl Street before embarking on their journey.

Then on Friday, Oct. 23, head back to the Muenzinger Auditorium for a book signing with Andy Ricker, James Beard Award winner and head of the renowned Pok Pok restaurants. Fish sauce wings will be slung around during the chicken wing tasting portion of the evening.  Ricker will then introduce the documentary about him and his work, Farang, and stick around for a Q&A session afterwards.

For more information and to buy tickets for these events, visit www.flatironsfoodfilmfest.org.

COLORADO IS AN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE CAPITAL

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released survey findings last week that listed the top 10 organic-agriculture-producing states in the country. Guess who made the list?

Colorado! It’d be pretty stupid to include it in Tidbites if it didn’t. Anyway, Colorado nabbed the eighth spot on the list with $146 million in organic agriculture sales last year.

Organic sales have been trending upwards since 2008, as shown by a 72 percent increase over six years to $5.5 billion in total sales in 2014. Top on the list was California, with $2.2 billion in sales (holy crap), followed by Washington, Pennsylvania, Oregon and Wisconsin to round out the top five.

CIDER TIME

The fourth annual Hard Cider Tasting is going down at Lakewood Cider Days on Sunday, Oct. 4 from 12-4 p.m. at the Lakewood Heritage Museum.

Over 50 hard ciders will be available for tasting, and they hail from the Rocky Mountain region, Pacific Northwest and Europe.

Entry to the fest is $7 and the tasting is an additional $18, which includes a tasting glass and the opportunity to sample every cider. For more information on the cider tasting, call 303-759-3560.

MAKERS FAIRE

Last week’s Tidbites highlighted the Makers After Dark event on Oct. 9. A few corrections: It’ll take place in Loveland, and there will be 20 distillers, not 50, there. Maybe we should laid off the distilled spirits. Have fun.