A great analysis of why Tucson was designated a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy and what this designation means both locally and internationally.
While those familiar with Tucson’s diverse food history might not agree that its designation as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy is unlikely, this article published by The New York Times does a great job recognizing the food and people that make Tucson’s food culture so unique. As Edible Baja Arizona’s editor Megan Kimble says, “… once it (Tucson) gets in your soul, it’s in there.” Side note: The plethora of supportive comments are worth a read!
An incredibly thorough explanation of why Tucson is so deserving of its UNESCO World City of Gastronomy designation (hint: it’s not just the restaurants), written by Gary Paul Nabhan, director of the Center for Regional Food Studies at the University of Arizona and co-founder of Native Seeds/SEARCH. Everybody should take the time to read this important piece.
While the preservation of heirloom seeds and use of indigenous crops was paramount in earning Tucson its title as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy, farm-to-table restaurants, Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival, and a revitalized downtown also played a large part in garnering recognition.
Tucson’s designation as a UNESCO World City of Gastronomy grants the city access to international exchanges through the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. This article explains what representatives of UNESCO World Cities of Gastronomy from Iran, South Korea, Brazil, Norway, Turkey, Spain, Japan, Sweden, Thailand, the United States, and Italy bring to the table.
A great summary of why local organizations like the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Iskashitaa Refugee Network, Native Seeds/SEARCH, and Mission Garden Project helped earn Tucson its UNESCO World City of Gastronomy title.
Want to experience Tucson’s UNESCO World City of Gastronomy designation for yourself? This article makes some great suggestions on where you can go to experience the city’s food history, buy locally grown food, and pick up some heirloom seeds for your own garden.
Tucson’s historic preservation officer and city archaeologist explains the importance of Tucson’s UNESCO World City of Gastronomy designation and explores an important question: “What’s next?”