Viva La Local is Back! Three Cheers!

On Saturday, one of my most favorite foodie events, Viva La Local Food Festival, takes place at Rillito Park. Viva La Local is a gathering of food, wine, beer, music and joy where locals can celebrate locals in a comfortable, relaxing, family-friendly atmosphere. DSCN0815
People can taste foods from over 25 local restaurants including Tavolino, D’s Island Grill, Pasco, Rod’s KC BBQ, Prep & Pastry, Renee’s Organic Oven and many more. Beer will be poured by Borderlands Brewing Company, Barrio Brewing Company, Dragoon Brewing Company, Sentinel Peak Brewing Company and Thunder Canyon Brewery. Wine is from Arizona Stronghold Vineyards. DSCN0817
Tastings for food and drink cost $5.00 each. What with an entry ticket at $6.00, you can have a smorgasbord of flavors without breaking the bank. Plus, this gives you the opportunity to check out places you’ve been wanting to try (or nosh on goodies from your favorites.)
The event is part of the Heirloom Farmers’ Markets (the monies raised benefit this fab group) and as such the market is a key part of the fun. You can shop for your groceries, stash then at the “Veggie Valet” and then enjoy the rest of the festival.
Music ranges from jazz to blues, rock to funk and something for the kids called Mr. Nature’s Music Garden where families can “build positive foundations for social interaction and motor skills through song, dance, storytelling and art!” and a petting zoo. Sounds like fun.
These photos don’t do the event justice but make plans to attend.