FLATIRONS FOOD FILM FESTIVAL BENEFIT
On August 4, from 6:30-9 p.m., check out the “Films, Chefs and Glorious Song” event, benefiting the Flatirons Food Film Festival that is coming to Boulder in October for the third straight year.
The fundraiser will help bring in top names from the culinary and film world to the festival. One such target of the festival is Andy Ricker, the James Beard Award winner and chef of the famed Pok Pok restaurants. Ricker will appear in cohesion with the documentary Farang, a film made about himself and his journey through the culinary world. Also looking to come is Sandor Katz, author of Wild Fermentation and The Art of Fermentation.
The fundraiser on August 4 will take place at Agora at the Riverside in Boulder. It will feature small plates from Dave Query and Alex Krill (Jax Fish House), Eric Skokan (Black Cat Farm Table Bistro), John Platt (Riff’s), Kelly Whitaker (Basta) and Kyle Mendenhall (The Kitchen). There will also be live music, auctions and some short film screenings at the event. Of course there will also be wine and craft beer, as well as desserts from Fior di Late and Robin’s Chocolates.
Tickets are $55 online and $60 at the door. To purchase tickets or find more information about the fundraiser and the Flatirons Food Film Festival, visit www.flat ironsfoodfilmfest.org.
NATIONAL OYSTER DAY
Jax Fish House in Boulder will be celebrating National Oyster Day on Wednesday, August 5 by handing out 100 free half-dozen racks of freshly shucked oysters.
The oysters will be handed out on a firstcome, first-served basis starting at 4 p.m.
The oysters are sustainably harvested from the Chesapeake Bay by Travis and Ryan Croxton of the Rappahannock River Oyster Company. Jax is the first restaurant in Colorado to partner with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, which ensures sustainability and quality in the seafood served at the restaurant.
For more information, visit www.jaxfishhouse.com.
And if you can’t get enough oysters on August 5, you can head down the street to Spruce for oysters on the half shell and cornmeal-fried oysters. In Longmont, you’ll also be able to slurp down those mucousy creatures at Oskar Blues.
STONE FRUIT FESTIVAL
It’s that wonderful time of year again: peaches, plums and other stone fruits are finally in season.
In honor of the stone fruit harvest, the Boulder County Farmers’ Markets is hosting a stone fruit festival at the Boulder Farmers’ Market from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Chefs from The Kitchen will be on hand to share recipes, tips and demonstrations on how to use peaches, plums, nectarines and cherries. You’ll get to taste varieties of the local fruits and get involved in some peach-based breakfast and lunch dishes. There will also be live music, which we have to assume is not stone fruit-themed.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN CIGAR FESTIVAL
Hey, here’s a good one. The sixth annual Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is coming to Broomfield at the Omni Interlocken Hotel on Saturday, August 22 from 12-7 p.m. More than 2,200 cigar aficionados are expected to attend. We wonder if they’ll get charged for smoking in their hotel room.
The festival includes the world’s premium cigars for sale, as well as wine, craft beer and craft liquor. For more information and to buy tickets, visit www.rmcigarfestival.com.