What started out some 40 years ago as a simple way to celebrate the diversity of Tucson has blossomed into one of the city’s most popular festivals, one that attracts more than 120,000 people annually. Known as the best place to experience the rich cultural heritage of The Old Pueblo—the tagline is, “Come for the Food, Stay for the Culture”—this year, Tucson Meet Yourself will spread onto Pennington Street between Stone Avenue and Church Street, transforming the area into a haven of American festival foods (bbq, popcorn, hot dogs). All the other foodie favorites will also be at the festival, of course. TMY wouldn’t be TMY without The Heritage Food/Cultural Kitchen and the Heritage Food Marketplace that highlights “local cooks, farmers and gleaners.”
Dancers and musicians, entertainment and education, workshops and photo exhibits, storytelling, and low riders are always a part of TMY, and visitors this year will not be disappointed. But one of the biggest changes in 2013 is the adoption of a Minimal Waste Plan; the goal is to “divest 50 percent of festival waste from the landfill,” says Maribel Alvarez, TMY’s Program Director. One small part of the plan is to ban all Styrofoam products. ✜
Tucson Meet Yourself is Oct. 11, 12 and 13 at downtown’s El Presidio Park and other nearby venues. Admission is free.