So Much Great Food…So Little Time

Tucson is a true ‘Foodie’ town. We’ve even garnered the attention of several national publications. It’s about time.
Now, that the heat has left us for another year and the holidays are approaching foodie events are ramping it up.
A couple of weekends ago, the folks at Heirloom Farmers’ Markets held their semiannual Viva La Local Food Festival. Rillito Park was alive with food booths, farmers’ stands and a huge imbibing tent. The event draws a great mix of folks due in part to the low cost and the family friendly atmosphere. Local restaurants put out some of their best stuff from apps to gelato. Tucson Viva La Local is a nice reflection of what is going on in the area. DSCN1965
On the other end of the foodie spectrum was held yesterday at the Tucson Museum of Art and historic Block. Crush, Wine, Food & Art Festival is an annual charitable event that draws all those folks from the Foothills into the heart of the city. Apparently, there were some major changes in this year’s event including the time of year (autumn instead of spring) and time of day (afternoon instead of evening).
This is the first year I got to go – thanks Susan Dolan – so I have nothing to really compare it to, but needless to say we had a great time. The food was fantastic and from a great assortment of restaurants including some of my faves, like Tavolino and Union Public House. Many of the wines were local and all the breweries were.DSCN1963
Sponsor this year was SAACA. SAACA seems to be in the center of quite a few food/drink festivities lately. And that’s a good thing because they raise so much money for local arts projects.
We were fortunate that the weather held. The sun popped out from behind big, beautiful but rain-filled clouds long enough for people to sip and sup in comfort.
We did miss the Harvest Festival at
Tomorrow we’re going to a restaurant press cocktail hour which I’ll write about soon (maybe) and in the coming weeks Thanksgiving, my birthday and my book opening, the Bro-Fest Holiday party will take place. Loosen your seat belts people, it’s going to be a fun ride.