This post guest written by LFA intern, Kendra Gramlich July’s luau mixer was our largest yet with almost 150 attendees! Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue kindly hosted the festivity and Mama herself provided delicious treats such as fruit punch, pulled pork sandwiches, and upside down pineapple cake. With multiple locations all across Tucson you’re never far from that hit-the-spot food of Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue.
Tucson’s mayor, Jonathan Rothschild, was in attendance to talk about his Proclamation supporting the 10th Annual Independents Week. He honored Tucson’s local businesses and the many ways they contribute to the economic well-being of the city.
We at Local First Arizona are proud to announce that Indie Week was a huge success. All week long community members celebrated the 4th of July by shopping at locally-owned businesses all across the state. The most common feedback from participants was that they had newly discovered businesses they never knew existed. Many were excited to have found their new, favorite local hangout. A special thanks goes out to all those who participated in the event by passing out golden coupons, honoring the coupons and acting as passport stops.In addition to the mayor our own Kimber Lanning, the Director of Local First Arizona, discussed the many wonderful ideas exchanged at the Business Alliance of Local Living Economies conference including the ways in which local businesses are coming together to the social and economic challenges that impact their communities.
Hot topics at the mixer included upcoming events such as the Rural Policy Forum in Clarkdale, AZ on August 6-7. The forum will connect rural economic development professionals, nonprofits, community leaders, business owners, and other rural stakeholders who are interested in sustaining rural communities. Also discussed is the much anticipated 6th annual Farmer+Chef Connection. For the first time ever the conference will be held in Tucson, at the Tucson Convention Center on September 16th beginning at 12pm. The conference aims to build wholesale food networks at the local level. A special highlight will be the Suppliers’ Marketplace, a vendor fair exclusively featuring Arizona food producers and distributors. If you are interested in making these connections or participating as a vendor please register here.
Mixers are the first Wednesday of every month from 6-8pm. If you missed out on the wonderful events of July’s luau don’t miss out again! August’s mixer will be at the Cafe A La C'art at the Tucson Museum of Art at 6pm on August 5th come join us for food, fun and friendly conversation. Don’t forget to register here for the event.
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Thank you to all those who came and luau-ed with us!
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