A Taste of Archuleta County: Hispanic and indigenous heritage food demonstration planned

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By Rose Chavez | Food System/Food Equity Coalition

The food system encompasses a vast array of practices, representations, expressions, knowledge and skills from community to community that enable us to recognize these as part of our cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated in the present in response to the environment, the interaction with nature and history, and provides us with a sense of identity and continuity, thus promoting respect for our cultural diversity and human creativity. 

To celebrate and share this cultural diversity and heritage, please join Healthy Archuleta and fellow community members for a Taste of Archuleta County Heritage food demonstration as part of the upcoming Archuleta County Food System Summit. 

The heritage food demonstration, which will take place in the week leading up to the summit on Tuesday, April 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature a handful of talented local residents who specialize in the preparation of traditional Hispanic and indigenous foods along with some seasonal fresh-food preparations for a hyper-local twist. The demonstration will include a small tasting menu of red chile pork tamales, vegan calabacita tamales, pinto beans grown in Dove Creek, Colo., and a fresh salad with a vinaigrette of locally grown greens and herbs from the Geothermal Greenhouse Partnership in downtown Pagosa Springs. 

We will also be joined by a local dietitian who will provide some nutrition tips and some food preparation tricks to maximize health during meal preparation. 

This event will take place at the Community United Methodist Church, 438 Lewis St. Food and beverages will be provided. Sign-up is required. To sign up or if you have questions, please email us at fsfearchuleta@gmail.com or call (401) 371-3227.