Wire | Festival Celebrates Locally Owned Businesses

November 9th, 2012

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Local First Arizona is excited to throw their 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival in a new location!  After seven amazing years at the Duck & Decanter’s Camelback location, the festival of “all things local” will move to Downtown Phoenix’s Portland Parkway, located at 10 W. Portland Street, between Third and Central Avenues.  This beautiful green space will allow the Certified Local Fall Festival to better accommodate the many local businesses who want to be a part of the Festival as well as allow more room for attendees to stroll, shop, eat and be entertained in a unique urban setting.  The Festival will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 8th annual festival is this weekend. Photo courtesy of Local First Arizona.

Voted “Best Free Festival” in 2011’s New Times Best Of Phoenix awards, this family-friendly festival has a street fair atmosphere and has drawn upwards of 5,000 attendees in past years.  The event is free to attend and will include variety of local businesses, restaurants, live music and children’s activities, including:

Vendors:
Bookmans, Practical Art, Zia Records, Bungalow, Frances Boutique, Smeeks Candy Shop, Kidstop Toys, Pink House Boutique, Strawberry Hedgehog, Bunky Boutique, Furniture Affair, Desert Song Yoga, Noble Beast Pet Boutique, Hubbard Family Swim School, Across Arizona Tours, Samurai Comics, Mountainside Fitness, Community Tire, Happy Dog Phoenix, Kidstop Toys, Duncan Family Farms, Eco Bay Home, Kooky Krafts Shop, Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, truce, Salvador Calvano Hair, Smelly Dog, State Bicycle Company and more!

Restaurants:
Postino, Duck & Decanter, Spinato’s Pizza, The Parlor, Carte Blanche Tacos, St. Francis, Urban Cookies, America’s Taco Shop, Green New American Vegetarian, Jamburritos Cajun Grille, Burgers Amore, Bruce Brown Catering, Dragonfly Tea Company, Island Loco, Short Leash Hotdogs, Fox Restaurant Concepts, La Grande Orange, Luncha Libre, Shine Coffee and more!

Activities:
Arizona Diamondbacks batting cage, Rock Climbing Wall sponsored by Accurate Chemicals, Bounce House sponsored by Kinesphere Studio, ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation’s hands-on STEM activities sponsored by Infusionsoft, Name the Veggies contest sponsored by Wille Itule Produce, Kids Craft booth sponsored by Kidstop Toys, Facepainting sponsored by Desert Schools Federal Credit Union and more!

Live music stage, sponsored by Bookmans, showcases Arizona musicians: Pick and Holler, Adam Smith, Kingfathand, Mikel & Meridith from The Sugar Thieves and Loose Cannon Blues Band.

Arizona Beer & Wine Garden, sponsored by Duck & Decanter, will feature brews & varietals from Dos Cabezas, Grand Canyon Winery, Postino, Sportsman’s Fine Wines, Four Peaks, San Tan Brewing and the Phoenix Ale Brewery.

Amazing silent auction items include staycation packages to Sedona, Prescott, Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale.  Other great auction items include artwork, jewelry, gift baskets, gift certificates, adventures like glider rides, tickets to events, theater performances and much more.  Raffle drawings will be held every hour for great items too!

The Festival is free to attend.  Entrance to the Beer & Wine Garden is $10.  Tickets for food samples and activities will cost $1.  The first 500 attendees will receive gift bags stuffed full of goodies from Local First members.  The Festival is directly across the street from the Roosevelt light rail station, making it easy for attendees to park and ride the rail. Find more information online at www.localfirstaz.com/fall-festival/

We would not be able to put this event together without the support of our amazing Title sponsor, SCF Arizona! Please check out the video on the LFA website with LFA’s Kimber Lanning & SCF Arizona’s Rick DeGraw to find out why SCF Arizona supports Local First!