Teton Food Tour: Friends of Pathways
The Teton Food Tour encompasses three amazing things beneath the beauty of the Teton Mountain Range: Delectable food, free-spirited music, and local art all while touring on your bicycle. Thanks to Friends of Pathways and local businesses, this fun event is a yearly occurrence and a favorite of many visitors and locals alike.
The tour started at the Stilson Lot in Wilson and led us along the bike path to our first stop across the street at R Park. There we sampled lagers from Snake River Brewing Company and Falafel balls with homemade Tzaziki sauce and a cucumber-tomato relish. There was also a solo acoustic guitarist serenading the group with gentle melodies, and–to say the least–it was a great start to a bright day.
The second stop brought us to the Aspens Market where we sampled a Lockhart Beef Tenderloin sandwich with mustard greens and a basil, garlic, chive aioli. Amazingly everything in this sandwich was harvested less than 20 miles away! Because this event was also sponsored by Slow Food in the Tetons, emphasis on local ingredients and sustainable food was a main focus.
The third leg of the journey brought us to the Snake River Ranch where we enjoyed mini pulled pork and smoked brisket sandwiches, with a peppercorn slaw and tangy BBQ sauce.
This was one of the best places for food and a view. We were also joined by two local artists painting the forested mountain sides of the Tetons. They stood there with easel and brush, inspiration stemming from the mountains–oh, how I yearned to be an artist in that moment!
The final stop on our tour was in Teton Village, there we were served mini- ice cream sandwiches with a choice of mint chocolate chip and vanilla. Friends of Pathways presented ongoing projects in the area to improve the ease of bicycle transportation.
Technically this was the last stop, but not the end of the night for most. “Concerts on the Commons” series happens every Sunday at 5 pm, and a proved to be a great cap to our wonderful day.
The food tour is not only for adults but the whole family, where kids were able to ride their Striders or relax in the back of a bike trailer. During the tour, I met a woman from Connecticut who said every year she makes it a point to travel to Jackson when the Teton Food Tour is happening. She said she loved this event because it gave her a glance at what new exciting food items were in town.