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Heritage Food Festivals


Sunday, September 3, Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort invites guests to savor the flavors of Southern Arizona beer, wine, spirits and food at the first Hacienda Del Sol Heritage Foods Festival. This special event will feature a panel discussion on the UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation; a gourmet buffet-style dinner; live music; a mini-farmers' market of local producers; and Hacienda Del Sol organic garden tours. The Heritage Foods Festival will be an enjoyable evening of learning about culinary creations unique to our region and our place at the world's table. Admission is $55 per person, including tastings (proof of age required) and beverages. RSVP is requested. Please contact Kimberly Schmitz to secure media passes.

Heritage Foods Festival Schedule of Events:

6:00 p.m.

Gourmet buffet-style dinner is served featuring local ingredients Wine, spirits, local brew tastings open Rafael Moreno Quartet begins live concert Farmers' market opens Hacienda Del Sol Organic Garden tours begin in 15 minute intervals

6:15 p.m.

Panel discussion on UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation featuring Jonathan Mabry, Felipe Garcia, and Gary Nabhan in Casa Luna

8:00 p.m.

Farmers' Market closes

9:00 p.m.

Heritage Foods Festival Concludes - Continue the party at Terraza Garden Patio &Lounge!

The evening's activities will kick off with a panel discussion on Tucson's designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy in Casa Luna. Panelists include Jonathan Mabry, City of Tucson Coordinator for the UNESCO City of Gastronomy; Felipe Garcia, Executive Vice President of Visit Tucson; and Gary Nabhan, orchardist, seed explorer and Kellogg Endowed Chair in Food and Water security at U of A, author and pioneer of the UNESCO initiative in Tucson. The panel will reveal the process of obtaining the designation, what it means for the city on a global level, and what is currently being done to continue embodiment and leverage the designation.

The Rafael Moreno Quartet will perform while guests enjoy a buffet-style dinner incorporating local ingredients prepared by Chef Bruce Yim and his award-winning culinary team. Southern Arizona growers, vintners, brewers, distillers, and chefs will offer demonstrations, discussion, insight to and samples of their unique heritage products at stations throughout the property.

Hacienda Del Sol gardeners will offer tours of the resort's organic garden developed in collaboration with Dr. Andrew Weil and discuss the bounty grown on property used by the resort's culinary team. The Hacienda botanical gardens are located on several acres and offer an excellent opportunity for education about our unique planting seasons.

Guests will receive a booklet with information about each farmer’s market vendor. Recipes passed down from generations of Southern Arizona families will also be included to take home and share with family and friends.

Local producers showcased in the wine, spirits, distillery, and brewers tasting and farmers' market include:

· E & R Pork

· Red’s Roasters

· Durazo’s Poco Loco Salsa

· Hacienda Del Sol Organic Gardens

· Hacienda Del Sol Organic Honey produced by Dos Manos Apiaries

· Arbuckle Coffee Roasters

· Larry’s Veggies

· Southwinds Farms

· Robbs Family Farm

· Ten 55 Brewing

· Iron John’s Brewery

· Dos Cabezas Wineworks

· Hamilton Distillers

· Elgin Distillery

· Callaghan Vineyards

· Chateau Tumbleweed

· Native Seeds/SEARCH


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