Even though the Arizona Cardinals didn’t make it near the Super Bowl this year, we know many Arizonans will be settling down in front of the TV this weekend to take in the big game. Check out some of Local First Arizona’s tips to go local with your Super Bowl festivities!
Super Bowl Sunday is second only to Thanksgiving as the biggest eating day in the U.S. You can have an impact on Arizona’s economy by following these simple tips to go local with your Super Bowl feasting.
Groceries: Whether you are cooking up a storm or looking for a few pre-made snacks, check out a locally owned grocery store. Bashas’, Food City and AJ’s Fine Foods are Arizona’s only locally owned grocery store chain and they have many locations across Arizona. There are also independent grocery stores that you can visit for fresh produce, cooking ingredients and beverages. Many grocery stores offer party trays as well which can save you time in the kitchen. Be sure to look for the Arizona Grown label when you are looking for local foods.
Farmers Markets: A visit to a local farmers market is a great way to incorporate local foods into your festivities. There is more than fresh produce at the majority of markets – you can grab pickles, sauces, salsas, meat, spices, bread, cheese, mustards, dips, nuts, cookies and desserts.
Caterers: If you want to skip the shopping, cooking and post-party clean up, hire a local caterer to take care of your party. Many local restaurants also offer catering options.
Local Foods: There are a wide range of Arizona made food products and most are easy to incorporate in your Super Bowl recipes. Hickman’s eggs and Mrs. Klein’s pickled veggies can be found on grocery store shelves. You can also visit food producers who have storefronts, like Schreiner’s Fine Sausage, Queen Creek Olive Mill and GoodyTwos Toffee Company.
SUDS, VINO AND HARD ALCOHOL
Arizona is home to many amazing locally made beers, wines and beverages. Arizona beer is not just delicious, it’s becoming easy to find in grocery stores as well as liquor stores. You can also pick up bottles, cans or kegs directly from local breweries.
Many Arizona wines can also be picked up easily as well. AJ’s Fine Foods locations have a nice selection of Arizona varietals or you can visit specialty shops like Sphinx Date Ranch, AZ Wine Company and Bodega's AZ Wine Merchants who all carry Arizona wine.
Need extra seating, tables, heaters, helium tanks, frozen drink machines? Local party rental companies can take care of your needs, including drop off and pick up. If you are looking for Super Bowl themed party decoration or favors, visit local party supply shops like Easley’s and Arizona Fun Services.
WHERE TO WATCH THE BIG GAME
If you are not into entertaining at home for Sunday’s game, head to a locally owned bar or pub.
HOW TO AVOID DISASTER
Ready for another fun fact regarding Super Bowl Sunday? A study done by a Florida water company showed that there was a huge increase in water usage during half time at the 2011 Super Bowl. Which means if you are having company over, you need to make sure your bathroom plumbing can handle the task. Have a locally owned plumbing company check out your pipes, and keep their phone number on hand in case of emergency.
Also keep in mind that there are many locally owned taxi companies that can get you or your guests home after the game.
Let us know if you used any of these tips to "go local" or if you have some of your own!