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Friday, October 12, 2018

Discover Something New About Tucson at TENWEST

Posted By on Fri, Oct 12, 2018 at 3:45 PM


Local First Arizona and many community partners are launching a new signature event to connect community members of all ages to learn how to engage in localism through micro-workshops focused on topics related to sustainability, technology, and more.

Discover Local, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 14, will be the kick-off event of the TENWEST Festival for 2018. TENWEST Festival welcomes more than 5,000 innovators and collaborators to experience more than 100 unique events and exhibitions in Tucson. This annual multi-day festival encourages curiosity and discovery in arts, social impact, sustainability, entrepreneurship and technology in our community.

Discover Local, hosted at the Tucson Museum of Art, will offer Tucsonans the opportunity to connect with local businesses and nonprofits through innovative hands-on activities that are educational as well as fun. Through these micro-workshop experiences and other activities, Discover Local attendees will be able to experience the power of Tucson’s local businesses and organizations. From water harvesting and earth works to technology and arts, desert gardening and urban arts culture, Discover Local will highlight ways to get involved with diverse organizations that strengthen the Tucson economy. The main goal is to connect the community to actions on localism and sustainability and understanding how the choices you make and the interactions you have each day affect the entire Tucson ecosystem.

This free and family-friendly event in partnership with Tucson Museum of Art's Second SundAZe Family Day offers free admission to the museum for residents of Arizona and Sonora, Mexico. Visit the new exhibit, 30 Americans, and join in on a Kehinde Wiley inspired selfie station, art-making projects and a performance by Liudvik Luis Cutiño Cruz at 1 p.m.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Make Food Count at Tucson Meet Yourself

Posted By on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 12:49 PM

  • Erik Stanford
At this weekend's Tucson Meet Yourself Festival, the Food Justice Expo will be featuring different organizations, food businesses and non profits from Southern Arizona. Through sampling, interactive displays and demonstrations, the expo will shed light on the many food initiatives that Tucson has to offer.

The Food Justice Expo is a partnership between Tucson City of Gastronomy and Southwest Folklife Alliance. Tucson was selected to be the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the United States due to the region's agricultural history and vibrant culinary scene.

Erik Stanford, who works for Tucson City of Gastronomy and is the coordinator of the Food Justice Expo, said that the intention of the expo is to highlight food justice organizations and their initiatives in Tucson.

Organizations like Compost Cats will be working with food waste activism and an organization called Tierra Y Libertad that works to improve food access in Southside neighborhoods will also be at the festival.

There will be  13 different food justice organizations that will be represented throughout the weekend of the festival including Mission Garden, Café 54, Community Food Bank, L.O.C.A.S and Felicia's Farm. 
Women in the Food Justice Organization, L.O.C.A.S, hand out food samples. - L.O.C.A.S - LOCAL ORGANIC CROPS AND STUFF
  • L.O.C.A.S - Local Organic Crops And Stuff
  • Women in the Food Justice Organization, L.O.C.A.S, hand out food samples.

Café 54, a non-profit training program in addition to being a restaurant, will be one of the local food businesses featured at the Food Justice Expo. The café is a program of Coyote TaskForce, which is an employment-training program for adults recovering from mental illness.

Joanna Kyl, a development coordinator for Coyote TaskForce through Café 54, said that the café will offer samples of the their signature rosemary rolls and will be teaching their trainees bread making at the Tucson Meet Yourself festival.

"I think the event will do a great job of showing the incredible resources that Tucson offers and will bring attention to the culture and culinary diversity in Tucson as well," Kyl said.

Visit the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival and the Food Justice Expo this weekend Friday, Oct. 12, Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday Oct. 14.

For more information about the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival click here.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Tucson Meet Yourself Adds New Food Vendors

Posted By on Wed, Oct 10, 2018 at 2:42 PM

The annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival will be hosting 56 food booths this year, each representing different nationalities of food. Attendees can find food for under $12 a plate.

According to TMY Lead Folklorist Maribel Alvarez, many of the vendors come from churches, clubs and community groups and the food they cook and sell represents their cultures and traditions. TMY keeps their costs low and helps out with organization to ensure success at the festival. As this is the largest grassroots entrepreneurial event in Tucson, it is a great opportunity for all vendors.

  • Photo Courtesy of the San Xavier Co-op Farm
The newest additions to the food vendor group for TMY 2018 include the following:

San Xavier Cooperative Farm, Tohono O’odham Native Foods:
Representing the Tohono O'odham people who have been native agriculturists for the last 4,000 years, this vendor will be serving authentic Native American food. This includes cholla bud salsa, tepary beans, kaiwus, and much more. Learn More.

Yamila El-Khayat’s mother ready to do traditional Chilean dances. - PHOTO COURTESY OF YAMILA EL-KHAYAT AND TUCSON MEET YOURSELF
  • Photo courtesy of Yamila El-Khayat and Tucson Meet Yourself
  • Yamila El-Khayat’s mother ready to do traditional Chilean dances.
Holy Toledo Catering:
Although his restaurant, Holy Toledo, only serves Pizza and Tacos, when he is catering Chef Toledo is able to make many other unique items. At TMY he will be serving, mole, a traditional Oaxacan dish. Learn More.

La Fondita Chilena:
Yamila El-Khayat is bringing back her mothers traditional Chilean cuisine. El-Khayat grew up watching her mother sell her traditional dishes at TMY when she was a child. This year El-Khayat and her husband are bringing the back tradition in their own way. They will be serving empanadas, humitas and chilean salad. Learn More.

BK's Tacos:
A popular Tucson Restaurant, BK Tacos will be featuring their award winning Sonoran hot dog, carne asada tacos and caramelos. Its unique preparation has been quite the hit, they cook it to perfection over a mesquite fire, giving it a flavor fusion. Learn More.

  • Photo courtesy of Solid Grindz
Solid Grindz Hawaiian Food Restaurant & Food Truck:
Starting out as a food truck on Davis Monthan Air Force Base, Solid Grindz quickly gained a large following. A short two years later the owners opened an authentic Hawaiian and Polynesian restaurant. A mix of their Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine will be at TMY. Learn More.

Off-the-Hook Seafood:
Matthew Kearney first started Off-the-Hook to remember a taste of home, New England, but also decided to add a Southern twist. For those of you who are looking to taste the flavor of New England, you will be guaranteed to get it at TMY.

Nur Market and Restaurant:
Started by three refugee brothers from Somalia in 1990, they bring a taste from home. While the market started in 2008, the brothers added a restaurant in 2010. They serve a variety of food that will take you out of your comfort zone. They will be serving lamb, goat, chicken, fish, shawarma and sambusa. Learn More.

Masri: An authentic Egyptian cuisine, offering Koshary, a national dish in Egypt, which is a Vegan dish including rice, pasta, onions and much more. You will not find this dish anywhere else as it is a top secret family recipe. 

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Learn How To Juggle at Tucson Meet Yourself

Posted By on Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 1:35 PM

  • Courtesy of TMY

Want to try your hand at juggling or acrobatics with experts available for hands-on instruction? Look for the circus performers at Tucson Meet Yourself Folk Festival on October 12-14 in downtown Tucson.

Performers from Big Toe Acro, Circus Academy of Tucson, Cirque Roots, Circus Sanctuary, Flight School, Acro Kinetic Arts, Tucson Les Femmes Merveilleuse and  Movement Culture will roam around the festival busking for donations to help keep the festival free. They will also demonstrate their skills and assist anyone wanting to attempt the circus arts such as juggling, acrobatics and more.

Performers will also be at the corner of Stone Ave. and Pennington St. all weekend.

Learn more here

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Monday, October 8, 2018

Tucson Meet Yourself: Why it Moved

Posted By on Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 9:48 AM

  • Courtesy of Steve Meckler
If you're from Tucson you're definitely familiar with the annual Tucson Meet Yourself festival. If you're from out of town, you still may know about the event. But did you know that the organizers had to move the festival to a different location? Don't worry, it's not far from its original spot at El Presidio Park.

The organizers of the festival had no choice but to choose a new location. The city informed them that it would not be able to issue them a permit to host the event at El Presidio Park this year because of the parking garage underneath the park. The concern is that, with Tucson Meet Yourself attendance growing every year, the park would literally not be able to hold the weight that will accompany the festival.

So if you were aware that the event moved and maybe upset because it has been hosted at El Presidio Park since 1974, keep in mind the organizers and city have your best interests in mind: they don't want you to fall through the ground!

On top of that, the new location will provide much more space for vendors, performers, and the public.

The new location is on North Stone and Church Avenues, between Congress and Alameda, and on Pennington Ave.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Get a taste of the Tucson Rainbows (PRIDE)

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Reid Park hosted this years 41st annual Tucson Pride Festival. According to the Tucson Pride website: 
Tucson Pride envisions a community of diverse, empowered and accepted individuals to live full and authentic lives, with the love and support of an understanding community.
Tucson Pride Festival celebrates that mission by filling a safe space with all of the diverse and supporting LGBTQA+ members of our Southern Arizona Community. There were live performances and dance parties in addition to the food and vendors and oh so many rainbows!

This year raised over $60,000 by the end of it, nearly doubling that of last years $37,000 in proceeds from the event.

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Continue Getting to Know Yourself at TMY Afterhours

Posted By on Fri, Oct 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM

  • Courtesy Photo

Is it really a party if there isn’t an AFTER party? Haven’t had enough of meeting yourself at the Tucson Meet Yourself?

TMY is stepping up its game this year. In addition to a new location and new vendors, there is now an avenue to keep the party going after the event has ended on Sunday evening.

Just down the street from the main event, EXO Roast Co. will be hosting “Taconazo” which is sure to be a heel tapping good time. A lineup of intimate performances from TMY artists “that both reflect the rhythmic and vibrant art of zapateado, or the tapping of tacones, heels.”

Featured artists include:

- Son Jarocho Collective and Flamenco Tucsonense 

- Hector Vega (Hermosillo)

- Misael Barraza (Hermosillo)

- Olivia Rojas (El Paso)

- Fabian & Katrina Sisneros (Albuquerque)

Exo is located at

403 N. Sixth Ave. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m and the event runs until 9:30 p.m. 

Tickets cost $10. 

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Tucson Meet Yourself Festival Highlights 'Culture Kitchen'

Posted By on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 4:00 PM

The annual Tucson Meet Yourself Festival will be highlighting a Culture Kitchen to provide festival attendees with fresh samples of homemade cultural recipes from different countries around the world including Iraq, Lebanon, Congo and Turkey.

  • Courtesy of Steve Meckler
Culture Kitchen mainly features families showing off their cooking traditions in front of a live audience who afterwards will hand out samples of the dishes they prepared.

Some recipes that will be shared at the event include phyllo dough filled with fruit such as fig, prickly pear, and dates prepared by Janet Griffitts and Nahide Aydin, and Sonoran style enchiladas prepared by the Breckenfelds.

Nelda Ruiz, the Culture Kitchen organizer for this year, said that the kitchen is a great way to share stories of families by sharing traditional food recipes. The theme this year focuses on the importance of traditions learned from family, loved ones and friends.

  • Courtesy of Steve Meckler
"People can come every single day of the weekend and still see different things each day," Ruiz said. "That's also very telling of where we live, there is a wide variety of different cultures and communities here in Tucson."

On Sunday, Oct. 14, at 3:30 p.m., there will be a round table discussion organized by the Center of Regional Food Studies from the University of Arizona, discussing the histories of foodshed, which is the term that describes how food is grown, produced, and consumed.

The Culture Kitchen will be located outside the Jácome Plaza at the Tucson Meet Yourself Festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12, Saturday, Oct. 13, and Sunday, Oct. 14.

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