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Inaugural Foodfort

We’re looking forward to laying down some fat eats and chilled beets at the inaugural Foodfort, a meeting of hungry minds and adventurous stomachs.

This three-day food fête and forum features two components: Tastes and Talks. At Foodfort/Tastes, Boise area chefs will use Idaho ingredients to concoct creative small bites, available for purchase inside the lively Foodfort/Alefort tent. There, you can sample seasonal eats, including: Beer-braised duck on polenta with heirloom tomato jam from Richard Langston at Café Vicino, red beans and rice with kurobuta pork shoulder and kale from Aaron Wermerskirchen at Juniper, and potato gnocchi with mushrooms and truffle butter from Alex Cardoza at Wild Plum Events and Eats. Foodfort/Tastes will be slinging samples Friday, March 25 from 4:30-8:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 26 from Noon-4 p.m. and 4:30-8 p.m.; and Sunday, March 27 from 1-5 p.m.

At the far end of the tent, you’ll find Foodfort/Talks, an arena for food-focused conversations. On Friday, March 25, stain your lips with Idaho wine leaders as they discuss the future of the state’s ripening wine industry and offer samples. From there, the food fest will move to The Owyhee at for a screening of Just Eat It, an award-winning documentary that chronicles the food waste epidemic. After the film, enjoy creative snacks as representatives from the Boise Co-op and Bittercreek Ale House discuss ways they’re combating food waste locally.

On Saturday, March 26, the conversation will heat up with a panel discussion dubbed: “Defining the Word ‘Local.’” Join area farmers, restauranteurs and food industry leaders as they suss out what the term “local” means to each of them. Fast Company journalist and moderator Jeff Chu will guide the conversation.

After plenty of late nights and loud bars, get buzzed Sunday, March 27 with three of Boise’s artisanal coffee purveyors: Grant Shealy of Neckar Coffee, Joe Shafer of Slow by Slow Coffee and Kate Seward of The District Coffeehouse. In addition to an overview of the Third Wave Coffee movement, this talk will feature samples of hot coffee to get your day going.

Other exciting Foodfort/Talks include: “Food Photography,” with Edible Idaho’s Guy Hand; “Grains in the Gem State,” with the Treasure Valley Food Coalition; “Flavor and Isolation: Tastes of Home in the Treasure Valley,” with The Blue Review’s Nathaniel Hoffman; and “The Cure: Charcuterie 101.”

Foodfort is made possible by the generosity of our lead sponsor Givens Pursley LLP, and additional support provided by Idaho State Department of Agriculture and Idaho State Department of Commerce Tourism Division.

Full schedule and panel lineups to be announced soon.