AjoCelebratesFoodFestival-1Authentically Ajo Regional Food Festival Saturday, March 14, 2015

The greater Ajo community of Ajo, Why, Lukeville, Sonoyta (MX) and the Tohono O’odham Nation proudly announces Saturday, March 14, 2015 as the date for the second Authentically Ajo Regional Food Festival. The Food Festival takes place in Ajo’s colorful historic plaza as a joyful celebration of Ajo’s garden movement and the cultural diversity of Ajo area foods. Organized by the Ajo Regional Food Partnership, the festival is a not-for-profit PARTY where we have fun with food!

The Authentically Ajo Farmers Market will offer fruits and veggies for everyone to purchase. Most of the farmer’s market produce is organically grown, so it is very healthy for you! March 14 is also Ajo’s big Second Saturday that includes many art and craft and bakery tables. The plaza will be buzzing from 8 a.m. until noon with food activities followed by the opening of the very special Community Arts Gathering.

Last year’s successful Fruit and Veggie Hat Parade will be repeated. All hats will have fresh or artificial fruit or veggies on them. Part of the fun is showing off the hats to our three judges. Believe it or not, this year’s parade will also feature a Pet category.

Another special highlight of this year’s Authentically Ajo Regional Food Festival will be a small, free Mesquite Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. You will get two genuine Ajo mesquite pancakes, one genuine Ajo egg and genuine Ajo citrus juice, plus coffee or tea. We’ll see how long our supplies last! Your breakfast will be served by smiling Authentically Ajo Ambassadors, young teens from our local schools.

The Ajo Regional Food Partnership has been working collaboratively for the past five years to establish and expand a viable local food system. There are marvelous benefits gained from growing and eating heathy local foods. Come to Ajo to celebrate on March 14, and see what we’re doing.