2016 Festival Celebrates Tucson as UNESCO City of Gastronomy

Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival has been celebrating the intersections of food and culture since its inception 43 years ago. This year it adds a special stadium—complete with bleachers—to showcase those connections front and center. The City of Gastronomy Kitchen Stadium and Exhibit will highlight Tucson’s recent designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy featuring […]

Six Curious Food Questions from TMY Festival Attendees

Every year, at the end of each edition of Tucson Meet Yourself our staff solicits feedback from the public, participants and key stakeholders. This process is valued tremendously in our festival organization. We learn, we reflect, we apologize, we explain, we adjust and we try to do better. Sometimes, the questions and the answers are […]

Foodways: How a Festival Whets the Appetite for Culture

Like anything else in this world, food can be complicated. There are multiple ways to look at the role of ethnic food in a public festival. Scholars have written about the danger (and promise) inherent to festivals, especially cultural festivals like Tucson Meet Yourself. It can go either way; it usually breaks down somewhat like […]