What: Edible Baja Arizona’s Issue Release and Tucson Tandem; the Viva La Local Food Festival and Cyclovia
When: October 31st & November 1st
Where: Various Locations (see below)
This Halloween weekend will be a busy couple of days in the Old Pueblo, with Tucson Tandem bringing celebrations of food, cycling, and community together under one banner. Most exciting for us in the Edible Baja Arizona office is the fact that we’ll be revealing our hot-off-the-press, brand-new November/December 2015 issue, and giving away free copies at our table at Viva la Local at Rillito Park!
The fun of Tucson Tandem doesn’t stop at great local magazine releases – Christina Geare, Marketing Manager for Tucson Tandem sponsor Banner-University Medical Center, describes the Tucson Tandem event series as promoting “community, health and wellness, active living and sustainability – all of which are fundamental to the mission of Banner-University Medical Center as a partner in the Tucson community.”
Saturday, October 31
4502 N 1st Ave, Tucson, AZ 85718
Heirloom Farmers Markets is once again hosting its Viva La Local Food Festival, at Rillito Park on Saturday, October 31. Viva La Local showcases more than 20 of Tucson’s top restaurants, 60+ farmers market vendors, local beer and wine, and live music. There will be activities for the whole family at this event, including interactive music playtime with Mr. Nature’s Music Garden from 10:00-11:00am, a costume party, kids activities with the Tucson Children’s Museum, and a parent’s ‘rest stop’ hosted by the Lactation Consultants of Southern Arizona IBCLC Professional Group.Admission is $6, and kids under age 12 enter free, with proceeds benefitting Heirloom Farmers Markets’ non-profit initiatives.
Festival goers can shop many of Baja Arizona’s farmers market vendors, and the complimentary Veggie Valet service allows shoppers to store their fresh purchases in a climate controlled environment before exploring the wide range of local eateries at the festival. With all plates, wines, and beers priced at $5 each, attendees are encouraged to sample and share a spectrum of local cuisine while listening to live music presented by local musicians. Participating restaurants and breweries include BBQ Rush, Caridad Community Kitchen, D’s Island Grill, Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/ Bistro, Primo-JW Marriott Starr Pass, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Mexico in Season/Tauna Products, Pasco, Pastiche, Pin-Up Pastries, Prep & Pastry, Renee’s Organic Oven, Rod’s KC BBQ, Tazzina di Gelato, Yogi’s Indian Café, Veg In a Box, Zona 78, Barrio Brewing Co., Borderlands Brewing Co., Dragoon Brewing Co., and Sentinel Peak Brewing Co., with wine covered by Arizona Stronghold. Local music will be presented by the Tucson Jazz Institute, Southbound Pilot, 8 Minutes to Burn, and The Bennu. Nonprofit organizations that are committed to building a strong local food economy will also be on hand to gain awareness for their causes.
For attendees who choose to ride their bike to the festival, Living Streets Alliance will provide complimentary valet, and anyone who swings by Edible Baja Arizona‘s tent is invited to say hello and grab their free copy of our latest issue (while supplies last, of course).
Sunday, November 1
Catalina Park, N. 4th Ave.
Cyclovia Tucson gives active lifestyle enthusiasts the chance to mingle and ride on city streets that are closed to car traffic and open to walkers, joggers, cyclists, and skaters. There is no official start or end point on the Cyclovia route, and participants are encouraged to access the event from any point along the 2.6-mile stretch. Free activities, entertainment, food trucks, live music, and DJs will all be present at the event.
Learn more about the Tucson Tandem weekend event on their website.
Featured image by Steven Depolo and used under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.