- Derek Carlisle
If you weren't able to experience the Eat Drink SLC Event at Tracy Aviary (see Food Matters, June 29), you've only missed the tip of the Salt Lake Food & Wine Fest iceberg. The Salt Lake Area Restaurant Association presents this summer series of events July 6-11, all designed to introduce local residents to restaurants they might never have visited previously, learn about wine or meet some of the folks behind SLC's finest food and drinks. More than a dozen individual opportunities fill out the calendar of events, including progressive food and beverage walks in the 15th & 15th neighborhood featuring Mazza, Trestle Tavern and Caputo's (July 10); or 300 South & 300 East including Stanza, Current and Gourmandise the Bakery (July 11). Visit the Eccles Theater's Encore Bistro for lunch with special live music performance (July 8), or experience wine education classes at Finca, Manoli's or The Cliff Dining Pub (all July 7). Each event has separate admission cost, ranging from $35-$100 per person; visit saltlakefoodandwinefest.com to see which one gets your mouth watering.
Farmers Market Season
The SLC Downtown Farmers Market (slcfarmersmarket.org) has already kicked off its 2017 season, but many more places to by fresh local produce and other locally made creations are joining in the coming weeks. The Wasatch Front Farmers Market at West Jordan's Gardner Village (1100 W. 7800 South, wasatchfrontfarmersmarket.org) opens for summer business on July 8, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., featuring more than 50 vendors and artisans. The Utah Farm Bureau sponsors markets in Murray Park (296 E. Murray Park Way) and South Jordan (10695 S. Redwood Road) starting July 28 and Aug. 5, respectively, featuring growers only and no crafts; visit utahfarmbureau.org for more info. For tips on additional locations near you—from Logan to St. George—visit utahsown.org/markets.
Quote of the Week: "The biggest thing you can do is understand that every time you're going to the grocery store, you're voting with your dollars. Support your farmers market. Support local food. Really learn to cook." —Alice Waters
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