This year's sold out SAVOR delivers what locals crave

Article written by LFA Intern Caroline Digilio. Casino Del Sol preparing delicious tastings. Photo credit: Michael Moriarty

Earlier this month, the Tucson community came together to celebrate and explore the local cuisine of Southern Arizona at the 3rd annual SAVOR Food and Wine Festival. Surrounded by the native beauty of the Tucson Botanical Gardens, visitors indulged in the unique flavors of Southern Arizona.


Over 70 Tucson restaurants, breweries, wineries, and more, offered a tasty spread of food and drinks. A sold out crowd of 1,200 guests spent the day wandering through the winding paths of the gardens, leading them to seemingly endless amounts of food, wine and beer offerings. Live music and the buzz of conversation created an energetic atmosphere.

A sold out event made for a fun and social day.

Guests indulged in foods that are truly unique to the desert. Café Botanica served smoked Nopal Canape with avocado-lime drizzle on poblano polenta cake. Local vineyard and proud Local First Member, Sand Reckoner, served up three delightful wines from their vineyard in Southern Arizona. Wildflower Café served an array of foods including Cider glazed Pork Belly, Cauliflower Polenta, Brussel Sprout Leaf, Pickled Green Garlic and Mini Mocha bar with huckleberry & crème fraiche.

Delicious desserts by Wildflower

There were several sustainability efforts at the festival. Thanks to Compost Cats, over 280 pounds of food waste was diverted into compost. With ample amounts of recycling bins, guests and participants were encouraged to recycle their waste. Community partners UNESCO, Native SEED Search, and Ishkashitta were represented at the festival.

Savor brought together Tucson’s best and proved just how rewarding it is to support local businesses here in Southern Arizona. The festival contributed to the growing recognition of Tucson’s food system to be simultaneously delicious and sustainable.

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