The 2nd Annual Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival
The din of hungry patrons harmonizes with the trumpets and violins of the Mariachi Estrellas de Tucson. Booths are set up and their fragrances waft together in a blend of local color, homemade salsa and Mexican cuisine. Tapas are displayed proudly, beautifully crafted samples of some of the best flavors in Tucson. Welcome to the Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival.
“We want to showcase what the community already has to offer,” said Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance communications director Cait Huble. “We want to highlight the culture that’s in our community.”
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By bringing in local artists and musicians in addition to restaurants, the festival showcased the true diversity of Tucson. Partnered with Visit Tucson, SAACA organized over 35 local organizations, restaurants and artists to form the Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival, which boasts “The best 23 miles of Mexican food.”
With an estimated 1,100 attendees, the second annual festival was a smash hit. Patrons explored the attractions displayed at the beautiful venue hosting the festival, JW Marriott at Starr Pass. While sampling and determining favorites, the attendees formed long lines to taste what others raved about. When asked about SAACA’s plans for future festivals, Huble said “We’re already scheduling a third.”
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Tiphanie Myles and her daughter Ashaunti described their favorite booths and the atmosphere of the festival, noting that they appreciated the fact that children fit in just as well as adults.
When asked what her favorite booth was, 8-year-old Ashaunti said “All of them, I wish I could stay here forever.”
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