Eat your way through the Fort Collins Foodie Walk

Making Fudge At Kilwin's
Making Fudge At Kilwin’s (Photo credit: srqpix)

“Foodie.” Noun. A person who loves food for the purpose of consumption, studying, preparation and recreation.

According to the Downtown Fort Collins website, foodies wish to learn everything about food and take in the science, industry, history and characters surrounding food.

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If this sounds like you, then the Fort Collins Foodie Walk tonight offers a way to explore several unique culinary shops in town.

The walk is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., free to attend and self-guided. Maps are available on the Downtown Fort Collins website.

“Culinary shops in Downtown Fort Collins focus on unique quality ingredients, locally sourced and organic produce in their shops,” the website reads.

The first suggested stop on the walk takes you to The Cupboard, located at 152 S. College Ave. The Cupboard sells specialty kitchen wares and features regular cooking demonstrations and food samplings. You’ll feel just like Rachel Ray with all your fancy new cookware — assuming you’re the type who knows how to use it, of course.

Next up is Kilwin’s Chocolate & Ice Cream at 114 S. College Ave. Kilwin’s is a sweet confections heaven, selling hand-crafted chocolates, caramel apples, ice cream, caramel corn and hand-paddled fudge. Sugar coma, anyone?

Continue on to Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company located at 114 N. College Ave. Rocky Mountain Olive Oil Company features a tasting bar layout where you can try more than 45 premium olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world. Mmm, vinegar.

From there, make your way to the Savory Spice Shop at 123 N. College Ave. Savory Spice Shop Fort Collins offers more than 400 freshly ground and hand blended herbs, spices and seasonings. Taste a specially-prepared sample during your walk, and even learn the recipe from the staff.

Also participating is Happy Lucky’s Teahouse & Treasures located at 236 Walnut St. Happy Lucky’s features a “Great Wall of Tea” with over 150 loose-leaf teas available in bulk. They also sell teaware and brewing accessories. Heads up: don’t expect to brew loose-leaf tea like a teabag unless you like your tea full of fiber.

The Welsh Rabbit Cheese Shop is your next stop, located at 216 Pine St. This locally-owned cheese shop sells complementary items such as chocolate and fresh flowers. Never been to a cheese bistro? (Me neither). This is your chance to sit down and enjoy “cheese flights” prepared with wine or beer, or I guess just “cheese flights” if you’ve yet to ascend to the lofty height known as “over 21.”

Your final foodie stop will be the Old Town Spice Shop at 220 Linden St. The staff will educate you on the versatility of all the spices they offer, as well as their origins and uses. So don’t load up on spices at the Savory Spice Shop! Just kidding — you can never have too many spices.

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Bon appetit!