Denver Summer Festivals: Local Flavor Fest

After a long, painful drive from Colorado Springs to Denver on Saturday, which involved a man in a Sierra trying to back into me (I took it personally, but Todd later said he was trying to make room for a car in the right-hand lane—wish he would tell me these things at the time), we arrived at the Lowenstein Culture Plex on Colfax. There, between the Tattered Cover and Twist and Shout, the Local Flavor Fest had been set up. Local Flavor Fest 1 Denver August 2009

The Mile High Business Alliance, a nonprofit I first encountered last fall, organized the small festival. There were businesses there from all over Denver, from Moss Pink flora and botanicals in Park Hill to Dragonfly Eco Goods in Highlands. I was happy to see that Bixa, located at Colfax and Vine (the purple store),Bixa exterior 2008 is still in business. All these stores sell unique, locally made products, like these cloth substitutes for sandwich bags (SnackTaxi) from Dragonfly.Local Flavor Fest Snack Taxi Denver Aug 2009

I was also happy to see a new Local Flavor Guide, to Lower Highland or LoHi, just northwest of downtown Denver across the South Platte River. Lower Highland, or just plain Highland, signifying a hill overlooking the river, runs into the trendy Highlands neighborhood, which is not to be confused with cookie-cutter suburb Highlands Ranch down south. Got it?

I was even more happy to get free Mexican chocolate ice cream from Little Man Ice Cream, which coincidentally, is located in LoHi.

I’m curious. Do you think LoHi is a stupid name?