Local First Arizona
One of the best ways to revel in the season is at Local First Arizona’s Certified Local Fall Festival. In its ninth year, the festival continues the tradition of connecting the community with the local businesses that make Arizona special.
According to Erica Pedersen of Local First Arizona (LFA), the largest alliance of independent businesses in the country, “the Certified Local Fall Festival celebrates everything local to Arizona, and brings the community together in a unique environment that draws attention to the importance of the Buy Local movement in Arizona.”
The Certified Local festivities take place this Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Phoenix on Portland Parkway, located at 10 W. Portland St. This is the second year the festival has taken place in its downtown location, which is conveniently adjacent to the Roosevelt and Central light rail station.
You’ll find food, drinks, entertainment and shopping from much-loved local businesses like Postino Wine Cafe, Short Leash Hot Dogs, Zia Records and Bunky Boutique. Plus, you’ll likely find a few new favorites along the way from among the over 100 participating businesses.
This family-friendly event will have plenty to keep the kiddos happy, including a bounce house, arts and crafts and face painting. And well-behaved pooches are invited, too!
The festival is free to attend and food and drink tickets are $1 each. To sweeten the deal a bit more, the first 500 attendees at the festival will receive a gift bag filled with goodies donated by LFA businesses.
New to this year’s event is an online silent auction. All items were donated by LFA members and include things like staycation packages from around Arizona, spa and beauty packages, local art and sports memorabilia. Bidding is currently underway and wraps up on Saturday at 3pm. Check out items and register to bid online.
“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community for this annual event,” says Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “When we first started nine years ago, it was just 25 vendors and several hundred attendees, and now it’s grown into an integral community event. This shows that each year, more and more people are making the connection between our communities’ well being and the strength of our local businesses.”
If you go
When: Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Local First Arizona Celebrates Locally Owned Businesses During National Independents Week
In recognition of National Independents Week, Local First Arizona will honor locally owned and independent businesses across the state from Sunday, June 30, through Sunday, July 7. The nationwide Independents Week campaign, coordinated by the American Independent Business Alliance and known as “Indie Week,” takes place during the week of Independence Day with the purpose of enlightening consumers to the importance of supporting local businesses.
Final plans for the 2013 Independents Week campaign organized by Local First Arizona have been announced and will include the following:
Pledge and win! Arizonans are encouraged to “Take the Pledge” to shop local during Indie Week. Anyone can take the pledge by visiting www.LocalFirstAZ.com/Independents-Week. Those who pledge to shop local during Indie Week will automatically be entered into a contest to win a fantastic staycation! The staycation package includes a one night stay at the Noftsger Hill Inn Bed and Breakfast in Globe and a meal at A Step Back in Time Coffee & Deli in nearby Safford.
Save! The popular Golden Coupon is the ticket to saving 20% off purchases from local Arizona businesses. A list of participating businesses can be found by clicking here (businesses will be continually added through the month of June). Shoppers and diners can simply print out the Golden Coupon from the LFA website or pull it up on their smartphone and use it at as many participating locations as they please (some restrictions may apply). Some participating businesses include Pillsbury Wine Company, Frances Vintage, Urban Cookies, Sole Sports Running Zone, Desert Song Yoga, Noble Beast Natural Market for Pets, House of Tricks, Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch, The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, and many more!
Have fun! Several events will take place across the state during Independents Week to celebrate our local businesses with community members. Events include a pub crawl on Mill Avenue in Tempe; a film screening at The Loft in Tucson, a First Friday Party in Phoenix, and a beer dinner in Tucson presented by Food Conspiracy Co-op and Dragoon Brewing.
“Independents Week is especially important in Arizona during the slow summer months for many of our local business owners,” says Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “When we spend our dollars at local businesses, up to four times more money stays and circulates in the local economy, supporting local jobs, services, and communities. Our hope is that consumers will learn about the value of supporting local businesses during Indie Week, and then continue to support our independent businesses far beyond our weeklong celebration.”
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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.
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:
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!
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!
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!
It hasn’t been too often in recent years that Phoenix has found itself being recognized on the global map for humanitarianism. It’s also not frequent that we downtowners are inclined to be supportive of our fellow compatriots leaving us, but when it’s someone that we know deserves an escape abroad like Cindy Gentry, we stand in full support.
If you know Cindy from the Phoenix Public Market, have worked with her on one of her food access projects or through the state’s Farm to School program, asked her for some words of wisdom, or are simply a fan, then you know she is one of the hardest-working and most compassionate people this state has, and the international non-profit Slow Food has recognized her for that.
She, along with two other Phoenix food names we’re all familiar with, Pamela Hamilton of Edible Phoenix and Margaree Bigler of Devour Phoenix and Local First Arizona, have been accepted to attend Slow Food’s 2012 Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre five-day conference in Turin, Italy. While anyone can attend, the three are provided places to stay, transportation, wonderful food and have the honor of representing Phoenix.
Because one is not always given the opportunity to jetset off to another country, the community rallied around Cindy to ensure that she was able to make the trip. A post on her Facebook stated, “Just a note to say how thankful I am to all of you for your extraordinary generosity! In your kindness you have given us enough funds to make it possible for both [her friend] Chip and I to attend the Terra Madre 2012 event, a trip of a lifetime. We will find many ways to pay it forward. I am and we are, truly grateful.”
And THAT is proof right there that the Phoenix community knows an inescapable opportunity when it sees one. After all Cindy has given for this city, it’s refreshing to see the locals rally around one of their own and recognition given where it is truly deserved.
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Devour Phoenix and Waste Not Team Up for Hunger Awareness Drive July 17 -31
Devour Members set goal of using local food producers to raise enough money to feed 100,000 people
This July, the Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition, an initiative of Local First Arizona and the hosts of the Devoured Culinary Classic, is collaborating with Waste Not to tackle hunger in Phoenix through their Devour for Waste Not campaign.
Waste Not, a local food rescue organization that collects up to 6,000 pounds of local food daily and re-distributes it to agencies and organizations that feed the hungry, is able to gather and re-distribute a surplus of edible food that would otherwise be thrown away. The collaborative effort has set a goal of feeding 100,000 people as a result of the Devour for Waste Not campaign and, with your help, will reach that goal. For every dollar raised by Devour restaurants, Waste Not can feed six people.
The details are simple and fun: help them reach their goal by dining out at one (or all 12!) of the participating restaurant locations from July 17 to July 31 and ask for the Waste Not featured dish. Each restaurant will be using local food purveyors like The Meat Shop, Queen Creek Olive Mill and Seacat Gardens and proceeds from the featured dish will go directly to Waste Not in their efforts in combating hunger.
IF YOU GO
What: Devour for Waste Not
When: Tuesday, July 17 to Tuesday, July 31
Where: Astor House, Beckett’s Table, Bliss/ReBar, Cibo, FEZ, Gallo Blanco, Humble Pie, St. Francis, Switch, The Parlor, Tuck Shop, Urban Beans