Back to back Tucson festivals celebrate all things local

[embed][/embed] Before summer temperatures kick in, take the opportunity to enjoy the perfect outdoor weekend with Tucson Tandem! The weekend of April 18th and 19th, Tucson will be showing off its love for local with two amazing festivals back to back, Viva La Local on Saturday the 18th followed by Cyclovia on April 19th. Viva La Local benefits the non-profit Heirloom Farmers Markets, with a farmer’s market, live music and food tastings. Viva La Local is a wonderful opportunity to try local foods from the region and experience great live music. “Viva La Local is the city's premiere food festival featuring 25+ restaurants all serving $5 plates, plus a huge farmers market, local beer & wine, and great local bands,” comments Manish Shah, Executive Director of Heirloom Farmers Markets. The festival start with a farmers market at 9am featuring goods from over 80 local farms, ranches and artisan food producers.

A free “veggie valet” service is available to keep your produce cool while you enjoy the rest of the festival. Enjoy tasting plates from award winning local restaurants including Augustin Kitchen, Food for Ascension Café, Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bistro, Mama’s Hawaiin Bar-B-Cue, Mother Hubbards, Queen Creek Olive Mill, Primo, Zona 78 and many more. Along with plates from many of Tucson’s finest restaurants, enjoy Arizona wines and beers from Arizona Stronghold, Borderlands Brewing, Iron Johns and more. The musical lineup starts at 11am with performances from bluegrass band Cadillac Mountain, progressive pop flamenco from Tesoro, dance music from Michael P and The Gullywashers and the improvisational jams of The Bennu. Says Shah, “It's Disneyland for food lovers! ”

cowcycleStick around, because partnered with Viva La Local is the one and only Cyclovia of Tucson. Cyclovia is Tucson’s tribute to the Spanish open streets movement, which supports a bicycle and pedestrian friendly environment. “When it comes to living sustainably, Tucson is a national leader. Not only does this desert metropolis of nearly one million conserve more water than any other major southwestern metropolitan region, we support a thriving local food movement and invest our limited transportation dollars in things like bike ways and neighborhood greenways that make it safe, comfortable and convenient for people to shop, live and play on foot or by bike,” says event organizer Kylie Walzak, who recommends that everyone come down to “explore some of Tucson’s oldest and most culturally rich neighborhoods by bike or on foot along 5-miles of car-free streets that are transformed into lively, vibrant public spaces for a day.” With 5 miles of road closed off to vehicle traffic, Tucson Cyclovia brings a unique opportunity for pedestrians and bicyclists to enjoy the Tucson downtown and historical areas through a very European-inspired experience.

lfacycloviahideawayCyclovia is not only an event for bicyclists. With vendors and fun booths set up all along the way, the Tucson Cyclovia will be a fun and unique experience for all, pedestrians and bicyclists alike! There will be activities all along the route as well as opportunities to interact with great community groups. Local First AZ has partnered with Bookmans to present the Cyclovia Hideaway under the Bookmans Sports tent at South 4th Avenue and 29th Street. The Hideaway is your gateway to South Tucson restaurant row. Come get a handy guide to South Tucson’s famous Mexican restaurants and even enjoy a bite or two in the Hideway’s streetside café. We’ll have games and activities at the Hideaway like life-sized Jenga and an opportunity to brand yourself a true Localist in our temporary tattoo parlor.

If you are visiting Tucson for the weekend, attendees to Viva La Local receive discounted room rates at The Downtown Clifton Hotel. Come join us for one of the best local weekends of the year!