Local First Arizona will host the 11th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival on Saturday, November 14, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Portland Parkway (10 W Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The Certified Local Fall Festival is a free family-friendly event for all ages and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona. “There is no other festival or event like the Certified Local Fall Festival, it is a completely unique event to Arizona,” said Local First Arizona Director Kimber Lanning. “This festival highlights everything that Arizona has to offer, from one-of-a-kind local shops, boutiques, and restaurants to Arizona-made wine, beer, and spirits.”
The Certified Local Fall Festival has grown into one of Downtown Phoenix’s premier community events, having been named Best Free Festival of Phoenix by the Phoenix New Times in 2011.
This year’s festival will feature more than 100 vendors with some of Arizona’s favorite local businesses; food samples from some of the best Arizona restaurants and food trucks; the Hensley Beverage Garden featuring Arizona-produced wine, beer, and spirits from Wren House Brewing Co., Mother Bunch Brewing, Mother Road Brewing Company, Historic Brewing Company, AZ Wilderness Brewing Co., Sun Up Brewing Company, Four Peaks Brewery, San Tan Brewing Company, Sand-Reckoner Vineyards, Pillsbury Wine Company, Dektown Cellars, Grand Canyon Wine Co., Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, 3 Amigos Tequila, and Arizona Distilling Company; live entertainment from some of Arizona’s most talented musicians at the Entertainment Stage; crafts and activities for kids and families provided by Kidstop Specialty Toys and Books; the Scottsdale Cat Clinic Bounce House; the Good Food Finder booth sponsored by Raise Arizona; the Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Musical Instrument Petting Zoo; a raffle with gift cards and prizes from local businesses; an online silent auction featuring items and experiences, along with staycation packages across the state; and much more.
According to Lanning, new studies show that when Arizonans support local and independently owned businesses, up to four times more money stays and circulates in the local economy to support local job creation, strong schools and local services, and vibrant and diverse communities. “The Certified Local Fall Festival is a fun way to engage the community with the local business community and remind them about the benefits of supporting local businesses,” said Lanning.
Furthermore, a thriving local business scene contributes to a community’s strong sense of place. Lanning points to a recent Knight Foundation study which shows “connection to place” as the single-most leading indicator in places that have prosperity. “We need to be sure that people living here feel connected to this place, and locally owned businesses play an important role in that connection. The Certified Local Fall Festival brings thousands of people out to celebrates Phoenix’s unique sense of place and inspires them to be proud to call Arizona home.”
The Certified Local Fall Festival is presented by Local First Arizona and is sponsored in part by Upward Projects, Pride Group, Hensley Beverage Company, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, PikFly, APS, Coiffeur's Salon, Meritus, Think! Graphic and Printing Solutions, Brand X T-Shirts, Bashas’, and D’Elia Photographic.
Entrance to the Certified Local Fall Festival is free. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase on site for $1 each. Food samples can be redeemed for one ticket and beverage samples can be redeemed for two tickets. Local business vendors will be selling a variety of unique gifts and products, prices will vary. The first 500 attendees to arrive at the festival will receive a handmade gift bag (sponsored by Adobe Awning) filled with goodies from participating local businesses. Public transportation is highly encouraged as the festival is easily accessible from the Valley Metro Light Rail station at Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street.
More information is available at http://localfirstaz.com/fall-