Explore and Enjoy Baja Arizona on an Edible Excursion

Join Us for Special Day Trips this Spring

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Explore the gastronomic terrain of Baja Arizona on an Edible Excursion—sit back and relax on a comfortable motorcoach and spend a delightful day exploring, eating and drinking with expert guides to this region.  Although you can explore on your own, these excursions will be singular opportunities to learn more about the Baja Arizona food scene and enjoy the company of other like-minded folks. These are the first excursions in what will become a regular series of both day trips and longer trips happening all year long.

On Edible Excursions, you will:

  • Discover places and people you’ve read about in the pages of Edible Baja Arizona magazine.
  • Go behind-the-scenes with farmers, winemakers, cheese makers, brewers, chefs, food artisans, and local food entrepreneurs.
  • Follow the trail from farm and vineyard to table and glass in the burgeoning wine countries of Sonoita & Elgin and Willcox and the Kansas Settlement just a short and scenic ride from downtown Tucson.
  • Learn about the food culture in our newly designated UNESCO World City of Gastronomy and discover how the local food system is a vital part of a strong local economy.
  • Connect with your community as you explore and celebrate the culinary terrain of Baja Arizona!


Important Information about Edible Excursions:

  1. The ticket price for Excursions includes all meals, beverages, and snacks. You’ll be able to purchase goods along the way, and some meals have options to purchase wine or beer at an additional cost.
  2. With the exception of Sonoran Sojourns, the meeting point for all departures and returns is at the YWCA Tucson, 525 N Bonita Avenue, located just north of Congress Street, just west of I-10. Parking is secure.
  3. Important: Sonoran Sojourns require a current passport for all participants.
  4. Payment is due in full by credit card upon making your online reservation. No cancellations, please, but we will honor your ticket for a future excursion, or you can transfer it to another person.

Current Excursions:

A Visit to the Wine Country of Sonoita & Elgin

Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Visit two excellent wineries, enjoy a delicious lunch, tour an organic family farm, and learn about an innovative culinary education program at the YWCA that is changing lives of young women.

Cost: $150 per person ($250 for two tickets)

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Excursion Details


Callaghan Vineyards. Photo by Amy Martin.

Callaghan Vineyards. Photo by Amy Martin in the story A Wine By Any Other Name.

A Visit to the Wine Country of Sonoita & Elgin

Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Visit two excellent wineries, enjoy a delicious lunch, tour an organic family farm, and learn about an innovative culinary education program at the YWCA that is changing lives of young women.

Cost: $150 per person ($250 for two tickets)

Itinerary

  • The Sonoita Excursion begins at the YW Café a social enterprise of the YWCA, located just west of Downtown, where we’ll meet our comfortable motorcoach. While enjoying coffee and baked goods, we’ll hear from people who are literally setting the table for change. You might say we can actually taste the economic impact that is positively impacting young women at risk who have found the beginnings of a new career path through the café. We will also hear about the variety of partnerships being developed and businesses being incubated through the café and the YWCA & Women’s Business Center. Local food system innovation at work.
  • We’ll board the bus and head out for the rolling grasslands of Sonoita. We’re thrilled to have on board with us Vanessa Bechtol, the former Executive Director of the Santa Cruz Valley Heritage Alliance, a local nonprofit focused on community and economic development through education, preservation and promotion projects that connect people to the cultural, historic and natural treasures of Southern Arizona’s Santa Cruz Valley. She’ll be our guide to the region.  Vanessa was also actively involved in preparing the City of Tucson’s application to UNESCO that resulted in the designation in December of Tucson as a World City of Gastronomy in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (the first city in the United States to receive such an honor).
  • Our first stop is Harris Heritage Growers just north of Sonoita. This “poly-face farm” (meaning they grow a wide variety of vegetables, fruit trees, berries, eggs and poultry) is a true family affair, run by the three Harris sisters, who are fifth generation Arizona farmers. We’ll have a tour of the farm, learn about the seasonal cycles related to growing food at this elevation, and learn about the realities of running a small farm as a family affair. Although there won’t be as much growing.
  • It’s a short ride to Dos Cabezas Wineworks, run by Todd and Kelly Bostock since 2006. Todd and Kelly were named among The San Francisco Chronicle‘s “10 Winemakers to Watch for 2015.” This past year they turned their beautiful rosé Pink into a sparkling wine. Not only that, they put it in a beautiful can! This was done in an extremely small quantity. It was incredibly well received and is back this year. Be among the first this season to be able to get your hands on this special vintage. We go behind-the-scenes with Todd tasting wines before they have been blended and learning about the many steps Todd takes before the juice ever makes it to the bottle.
  • Lunch will be between the barrels with Blu-A Wine & Cheese Stop putting together a marvelous European-style spread of cheeses, charcuterie, local bread and other delights.
  • Our last stop is the wonderful Callaghan Vineyards. With wines that have graced the glasses at the White House (on three separate occasions!) we will experience some of the best Arizona has to offer. Established in 1990, this vineyard is one of the few that have been here from the beginning, providing an exemplary level of viticulture and winemaking. With a new kitchen on site and an expanded patio, this is the place to spend a long afternoon munching on cheese and enjoying a glass or two from the cellars. Kent and Lisa Callaghan (also mentioned in this article about growing wine in Baja Arizona) will provide us with tastings of new releases, along with some great standbys to round out our day.

Our Guide

Tana Fryer, photo by Steven Meckler

Tana Fryer, photo by Steven Meckler

Tana Fryer, the proprietor of Blu–A Wine and Cheese Stop. In Tana’s own words: “I’m not very complicated. I wouldn’t survive without good food, beverages and a tribe to share it with.  I’m worried about the planet and appreciate the makers who bring real food, produced in sustainable ways, to our table. And I love serving up great meals and good stories to my community. In October 2012, I decided to make a living doing it. I worked out of the Mercado San Agustin for three years and am now cooking up new ways to reach people. Currently I’m doing that through catering, private & pop up events, supporting local restaurants, and creating these exciting new excursions to bring you right to the folks making Baja Arizona such an exciting place to eat, drink and be!”