Yampatika’s 19th annual “Wild Edible Feast,” a nature to table fundraising event, will be held at Haymaker on June 7. The event celebrates the bounty of the Yampa Valley and offers an evening of delectable small plates created by Haymaker’s talented chefs using a variety of wild edibles. On the menu this year are elk, goose, trout, pork belly, local eggs and freshly harvested wild plants. Funds raised will stay in Routt County and go towards connecting people to nature by providing environmental education.
In addition to a variety of culinary food stations, the event will feature educational activities and a silent auction including a Hala Gear $500 gift certificate, Old Town Hot Springs adult membership, two unlimited tasting tickets to the 2018 Reds, Whites & Brews, two tickets to the 2019 WinterWonderGrass Festival, wild game dinner for two and a hot air balloon ride. Quality proteins have been contributed by Jerry Fox, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, Kris Brannon, Heather Stirling, Charlie Pharris, Charlie Hentzen, Chuck Heltzel and Kyle Kim.
“This truly unique event is a great way for people to learn about the foods available to harvest right here in the Yampa Valley,” said Karen Vail, Founder and Naturalist with Yampatika. “We are connecting people back to their roots and teaching practices for how to harvest sustainably. One of the most rewarding parts of this event happens in the two days before the actual dinner when volunteers join me in harvesting the wild edibles which are turned into a meal of nourishing treats. Previous years have included bracken fiddle heads, Yampa roots and leaves, heirloom rhubarb and glacier lily pods.”
“The Wild Edible Feast is a gourmet educational experience,” commented Joe Haines, Executive Director of Yampatika. “We have a large group of highly-engaged volunteers who partner with the Yampatika staff to pull it all off. We are really appreciative of the generosity of our sponsors – Yampa Valley Bank (Title Sponsor), Talon Grips and Wild Plum (Bronze Sponsors), KFMU 104.1 (Media Sponsor) and Steamboat Whiskey (Signature Drink Sponsor) who will be providing a complimentary cocktail to kick off the event.”
The “Wild Edible Feast” includes a cocktail hour (with a complimentary signature cocktail), silent auction, information on sustainable harvesting, and of course, a wild and edible feast. Tickets are $100 per person or $75 for members of the Young Professionals Network. Space is limited and reservations are required. To purchase tickets, please call 970-871-9151 or click the link below.