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FALORA-TH OF JULY 

The Margherita pizza, the tomato, basil and cheese topped classic of any wood-fired oven pizza joint, was created in 1889 honor the Italy's beloved Queen Margherita. While it's hard to complain about a classic, that combination might not be the most patriotic here stateside, so in honor of good ol' 'merica, Falora, 3000 E. Broadway Blvd., has created a red, white and blue pie variation on the Italian classic featuring fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and hopi blue corn on a tasty wood fired pizza. It's no joe hot dog, but a pretty inventive way to celebrate Independence Day (and blue foods are hard to come by!). Falora will be open Friday, July 4 for dinner, with the specialty pizza available that night and the rest of the weekend. Call for more info or reservations, 325-9988.   ,,

RED, WHITE AND 'QUE

Poppy Kitchen, 3770 East Sunrise Drive, is cooking out for Fourth of July weekend, with BBQ rack of pork ribs served with two sides and their "famous" red velvet cake for $19.  Also, they are selling s'mores kits for $4 each. Poppy Kitchen will also offer their happy hour pricing in the bar from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. and reverse happy hour 8:30 p.m. to close. 

FED, LIGHTS AND YOU

Mercado San Agustin, 100 South Avenida Convento, is throwing a Fourth of July party, promising "food in the streets and lights in the sky". They will have live music by The El Camino Royales & DJ Carl Hanni, and multiple food trucks (and I am hoping beer somewhere), to celebrate this grand country while their neighbor, A Mountain, shoots fireworks in the sky! For more information check out the event page on Facebook at facebook.com/events/419077581567581/

BREAD, BITES AND BREW 

Zinburger Wine and Burger Bar is teaming up with Lagunitas Brewing to offer two special dinners pairing Zinburger's menu with Lagunitas brews. The two dinners are July 8 at Zin's mid-town location, 6390 E. Grant Road and July 15 at the 1865 E. River Road location. Both dinners will feature a four-course menu of select pairings beginning at 6 p.m., and the cost is $35 per person.                                  

AND THE HOME OF THE (FOOD) RAVE 

Beginning Sunday, July 6, Tucson food icon, Heirloom Farmer's Market Group, is launching its newest and biggest farmer's market at the Rillito Park, as their new permanent home. They are celebrating by hosting a real foodie event.  There will be dozens of market vendors, food trucks, live music and chef's demonstrations to get your local food groove on. The move to the bigger Rillito coupled with the plans to build-in a permanent congregation of all things local is a great step in the foodie future of Tucson. For info on all the Heirloom Farmer's Markets, visit www.heirloomfm.com.

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