Longmont is Colorado’s Newest Craft Food Hotspot

Longmont’s little corner of the spectacular Rocky Mountains may not be as high-profile as Denver or Boulder but the community likes it that way. The local arts scene is thriving and transforming the small city into a colorful cultural hub. It was only natural with Longmont’s roots in farming and ranching to also establish itself as a beacon for unique craft food. Locals don’t have to leave town to experience the rich flavors and aromas of Colorado. It is one of several reasons why so many are eager to call this little piece of heaven home.

Say Cheese

Longmont knows how to celebrate its cheese. You might think you were transported to an Alpine city when you stop by Main Street’s iconic Cheese Importers. The family-owned shop offers a Euro-style marketplace filled with exotic cheeses from around the world. A quaint in-house French bistro completes the experience. Longmont’s Haystack Mountain is an award-winning, internationally-recognized cheese house where animated tours provide a behind-the-scenes look at the cheesemaking process.

Kate Johnson’s involvement on her family’s farm, Briar Gate Farm, inspired her to pursue an education in cheesemaking and the community is all the better for it. Her artisan skills and creative recipes won several blue ribbons around the state. This prompted her to share her extensive knowledge with the neighborhood she loves. The Art of Cheese was born. It is a multi-course educational excursion into everything that says cheese.

Chow Time

The country’s farm-to-table movement took hold in Longmont as naturally as its fertile land produces high-quality, sustainable food. Restaurants take advantage of the freshness available from local farms and Longmont’s Farmers Market is more of an event than a destination. Comfortable in the heart of downtown is The Roost, a lively venue committed to using only locally-sourced quality products on its menu. Its rooftop patio is the go-to summer place.

Everything at the upscale restaurant, SugarBeet, is carefully crafted and unique. The chefs expertly prepare one-of-a-kind daily specials which are cheerfully served in an intimate atmosphere. You might want to check out West Side Tavern whose popular gastropub fare is as eccentric as its cocktail menu. The independently-owned Kitchen Company on Main Street carries everything needed for those who want to experiment at home with their own recipes.

Brew Out

Craft beer and brewery fans can hop aboard the Brewhop Trolley for an exciting guided tour of Longmont’s distilleries, cidery, and distinctive breweries. It’s an unusual and fun way to explore the city’s craft spirits scene. Still Cellars is a beloved community gathering place combining support and appreciation for the fine arts with a state-of-the-art microdistillery. It’s the perfect place to celebrate with friends.

There is no shortage of quirky pubs and eateries in this booming town. The creative character of Longmont continues to produce new and innovative venues though old favorites like Oskar Blues Brewery shouldn’t be ignored. A recent addition to the community is Brewmented, a homebrew supply store where aspiring brew alchemists can use on-site equipment to conjure up their own masterpiece.

Longmont is a fantastic community to call home. The Principal Team is your number one source for luxury real estate in beautiful Colorado. You can contact us anytime and let us know how we can help.