Hazon and the Boulder JCC are continually exploring ways in which to make a difference in the world, both through our food choices and sustainability-related education, and the Colorado Jewish Food Fest is no exception. Our shared commitment to sustainability makes us natural partners, and we are thrilled to collaborate on the Food Fest for the third consecutive year.
how to get to the colorado jewish food fest
The JCC is located at 6007 Oreg Avenue in Boulder, near the intersection of Cherryvale Road and Arapahoe Avenue. We encourage you to be mindful of your method of transport:
Carpool! Car rides are better with friends, and for the planet.
Catch the bus! We're lucky to have a JUMP stop located directly in front of the JCC, just ask the driver for the JCC stop between the Cherryvale and 63rd Street stops. Find the service schedule here.
Bike or walk! Take advantage of the JCC's bicycle racks and our area's miles of paths to make this eco-minded choice.
The Colorado Jewish Food Fest is a place to explore how Jews do food in the 21st century.
Because inclusive Jewish community is central to what we do and believe in, the food we serve should be accessible to people across the Jewish spectrum. Delicious kosher food will be available and clearly labeled. In order to accommodate the diversity of Kashrut practices, and to reduce our impact on the planet, the Colorado Jewish Food Fest will be a vegetarian event. Because sustainability is central to what we do and believe in, the food available will be eco-kosher as well: healthy, delicious, ethical, organically- or sustainably-produced, local, humane, and low carbon. Labels will be provided to increase the awareness of sustainability in our food choices.
Though the modern food system poses new challenges for us, we’re heirs to 3,000 years of tradition about keeping kosher, which is to say, we’ve asked whether our food was fit for us to eat for generations. And we understand that our food choices make a difference not only to ourselves but to the people who produce our food and the land and the animals that provide it.
Hazon established a series of food policies and best practices that were guided by our contemporary and traditional food values. These policies and practices are reflected in all our food-related decisions, including the Colorado Jewish Food Fest. It encompasses what foods we purchase, serve, and eat; and what materials we use to prepare, serve, and clean up afterwards. We hope that these guidelines will help you start your own conversation and inform the decisions in your home, institution, or organization.
Read more about Hazon’s values and policies here. And these are just some of the exciting ways we are applying these values to the 2019 Colorado Jewish Food Fest:
Food Vendors: We prioritize working with vendors who share our values around sourcing local, sustainable, and higher animal welfare ingredients. We also work with vendors to source these ingredients specially for the Colorado Jewish Food Fest.
Passover Dessert Contest: We are making higher welfare eggs available to all participants in the Passover Dessert Contest and encourage participants to use higher welfare ingredients when possible.
The DIY extravaganza will feature many food-related activities, all touching on or more of our food values. You’ll learn about and/or get to taste fair trade chocolate, higher welfare chicken and eggs, organic produce, local grains, and healthier salts. All food items are curated and sourced with great thought.
waste at the fest
At the Fest, we will strive to reduce waste that will go to the land fill in the following ways:
The most effective way to deal with waste is to create less in the first place. The bulk of event promotions were done online and through word of mouth and we printed fewer promotional posters and postcards, which were printed on 100% recycled paper.
Leftover food that can be donated will be donated.
Compostable plates and utensils will be provided for all food vendors, Passover Dessert judging, “learnshops” and DIYs. Event-goers will be encouraged to reuse their compostable utensils for the duration of the event.
In compliance with the Universal Zero Waste Ordinance—in which the City of Boulder aims to reduce, reuse and recycle discarded items before they are put in the landfill—signage will direct guests to the appropriate bin (recycling, compost and trash), and educational information will be provided for additional learning and clarification.
Food Fest volunteers will provide assistance at the “waste stations,” and be available to help sort and answer any questions you have about what and why certain items go into certain bins.
Food Fest staff will collaborate with the Boulder JCC facilities team to track the amount of waste that we send to and divert from the landfill from this event.