Corn Ball: Pueblos del Maiz Fiesta Celebrates Corn in Gastronomic Proportions | chow function – Advice Eating

</p> <p><meta name="Generator" content="Cocoa HTML Writer"/><br /> <meta name="CocoaVersion" content="2113.2"/></p> <p class="p1"> <span style="font-family: "Lucida Grande", "Lucida Sans Unicode", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Spring in Tucson brings numerous </span><span style="font-family: "Lucida Grande", "Lucida Sans Unicode", Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">Events to engage the community, celebrate local cultures and enjoy local food and drink. A new event this week focuses on a simple ingredient that has nourished communities in Arizona, Texas and Mexico for generations.</span></p> <p class="p4"> <p> Pueblos del Maíz Fiesta is the brainchild of the Tucson City of Gastronomy and its counterparts in several Texas cities. TCoG administers the UNESCO designation of Tucson and Southern Arizona as the Creative City of Gastronomy and wanted to partner with other UNESCO Designated cities to create an event that they can all experience in their own communities. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> Federal grants awarded to Pima County Attractions and Tourism under the American Rescue Plan Act brought Pueblos del Maiz Fiesta to life. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> “We’ve been devastated by COVID: restaurants, tourism, travel, hotels,” said Diane Frisch, director of the Pima County Department of Attractions and Tourism. “As we try to rebuild and bring tourism back to Pima County, we looked for events that would honor all of the unique characteristics that we have here.” </p> <p class="p4"> <p> The full fiesta will be a month-long celebration of Maiz or Corn in several cities. It starts May 5-8 in Tucson and moves to Mérida, Texas on May 13-14, then to San Antonio on May 16-22 and ends in Puebla on May 27-28. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> With local food and heritage at the heart of this event, there will also be a push for sustainability through the use of eco-friendly materials and extensive waste segregation to maximize food recyclability and composting. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> “After the long pandemic hiatus, we need to reflect on why we’re really in this space for community events and to shed light on the things that matter,” said Matt Baquet, owner of Ranch House Media and organizer of Tucson’s Pueblos del Maiz Fiesta. “For me it’s sustainability, circular economy, food security and common ground that you find with your community members to meet as equals.” </p> <p class="p4"> <p> Pueblos del Maiz Fiesta fits right into the calendar alongside several other events taking place in Tucson in the spring. Rather than viewing timing as a conflict, these events work together to encourage one another and extend their celebrations. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> “We wanted to create synergies with the Agave Heritage Festival and other festivals like the Arizona International Film Festival, the Tucson International Mariachi Conference, and the 23 Miles of Mexican Food Festival, all happening around the same time,” said Jonathan Mabry, executive director for Tucson City of Gastronomy. “It will give visitors even more reason to come to Tucson and stay longer.” Here are the events taking place in Tucson. </p> <p class="p5"> <p> Thursday May 5th </p> <p class="p4"> <b>Tontitos y Bataretes: El Maiz en Sonora.</b> Visit José René Córdova Rascón from 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. via Zoom. He is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Sonora and Escuela Normal Superior, who also received his master’s degree in Public Health with a specialization in Public Policy from the University of Arizona. His presentation will explore the history of corn and ideas and dishes made with corn. The presentation will be in Spanish with English translation. Register for this free zoom presentation at </p> <p class="p4"> <b>Photo exhibition: “Maize Traditions in Puebla” by Andrés Lobato. </b>This is a free event for guests aged 21 and over at The Citizen Hotel from 5pm to 6pm. The exhibition documents rites, traditions and ceremonies related to the agricultural cycle in central Mexico. RSVP for the free exhibition on </p> <p class="p4"> <b>Film screening: “Maize in Times of War” by Alberto Cortés. </b>Fox Theater is showing a free screening of this film about a family in Jalisco and their connection to corn. After the film there will be a question and answer session with Carlos Rossini (Producer) and Carlos Gutierrez (Director of Cinema Tropical). Doors open at 6:30pm and the screening starts at 7pm with Q&A until 9:30pm. RSVP for this free film screening on </p> <p class="p5"> <p> Friday May 6th </p> <p class="p4"> <b>Pueblos del Maiz on the San Xavier Cooperative Farm. </b>This event will take place from 9am to 3pm at the San Xavier Co-op Farm. There will be educational classes on growing, harvesting and processing, as well as cooking classes to learn traditional local recipes using corn. There will also be several other farming experiences throughout the day. Sign up for a day at the farm at </p> <p class="p4"> <b>Ixi’im: An Indigenous Maiz-Based Philosophy for America. </b>In the Century Room of the Hotel Congress, Roberto Rodriguez, Ph.D., also known as Dr. Cintli, be a guest from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. dr Cintli is Associate Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona. His talk will focus on the Maiz culture in America. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> Doors open at 5:00 p.m. and Dr. Cintli starts at 5:30 p.m. More information about dr. Cintli and the event can be found at </p> <p class="p4"> <b>Maiz shop window. </b>This will be one of the weekend’s premiere events and one of the few ticketed events. Join local award-winning chefs, restaurateurs, and food artisans for a Bocadito dinner at Hotel Congress from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM. John Martinez (Tito & Pep), Don Guerra (Barrio Bread), Mateo Otero (Rollies Mexican Patio) and Janos Wilder (The Carriage House) are some of the chefs who will bring their unique twists on Maiz into this immersive, culinary experience . </p> <p class="p4"> <p> Wilder is also the President of Tucson City of Gastronomy and curated the list of chefs he felt would make the evening one to remember. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> “There will be a truly wonderful cohort of local chefs who will celebrate our corn heritage with many different foods that we will be serving,” said Wilder. “This particular group of chefs was never put together <br />In front.” </p> <p class="p4"> <p> In addition to the mass of food set for the menu, there will also be local beer. Brewers in every city incorporate Maiz into the brewing process to create beers specifically for the Pueblos del Maiz Fiesta. Here in Tucson, Ayla Kapahi, production manager and head brewer at Borderlands Brewing Co., works with her team on her featured beer. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> Borderlands was among the beverage companies to receive certification from TCoG for their efforts to use local and sustainable ingredients and practices, so it seems a natural fit for them to be included in this event. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> “We use a 60-day-old Maiz from the San Xavier Co-op Farm,” Kapahi said. “It’s a less mature corn than other varieties, and since the corn can be processed and used in 60 days, it really saves water in growing the crop, but also the manufacturing process they have to process it.” From my understanding it should be able to produce very earthy and sweet aromas. We decided to brew a light blonde ale to really bring out the ingredient’s profile.” </p> <p class="p4"> <p> Purchasing a $50 Maiz Showcase ticket also gives you access to the annual El Tambó Fest immediately following the Showcase. Tickets for this event sell out fast and can be found at </p> <p class="p4"> <b>El Tambo Festival. </b>This event is the official afterparty of the Maiz Showcase and will take place from 21:30 to 02:00 the next morning at the Hotel Congress Plaza. It’s a 21+ event and if you don’t buy a ticket for the showcase, tickets for El Tambó Fest are $15. This dance party will celebrate the cultural fusion of the borderlands and will feature local and international bands and DJs throughout the night. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> Tickets for the El Tambó Fest are available at </p> <p class="p5"> <p> Saturday May 7th </p> <p class="p4"> <b>Sonoran Desert Corn Traditions at Mission Garden. </b>Spend Saturday morning planting and learning more about 60 Day Corn <br />traditional methods of harvesting, roasting and grinding corn, and attending cooking demonstrations and tastings at the Mission Garden. This event is open to all ages and has free entry, although donations are accepted at entry. Activities will be informal and educational with the aim of learning about community and cultural exchange. Activities start at 8am and end around noon. RSVP for the event at </p> <p class="p4"> <b>Maiz Fiesta.</b> After a morning in the garden, celebrate at this free block party, held at the Hotel Congress and on Fifth Avenue. Scheduled from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the block party will feature musical entertainment in the plaza and Club Congress, as well as over 15 local food and craft vendors scattered across the street. Vendors will celebrate the cultural and agricultural importance Maiz has to the Tucson community and the Sonoran Desert at large. Register for this free event at </p> <p class="p4"> <b>Let’s talk about Maiz. </b>During the Maíz Fiesta, there will be a panel in The Century Room entirely dedicated to discussing Maiz. Panelists will include Alexandra Zamecnik (Native Seeds/Search), Carolyn Niethammer (local author), Jeffrey Silvertooth (UA School of Plant Sciences), and Emily Rockey (Mission Garden). Join the panelists and ask questions about Maiz from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. RSVP for this free event at </p> <p class="p5"> <p> Sunday May 8th </p> <p class="p4"> <b>May Mother’s Day. </b>Restaurants and food and beverage artisans certified by Tucson City of Gastronomy are offering Mother’s Day <br />Special offers across the city. Sign in with your name and email address to learn more at </p> <p class="p4"> <p> Needless to say, the Pueblos del Maiz Fiesta in Tucson is shaping up to be an eventful weekend. From The Old Pueblo to Puebla, Mexico, maiz is a staple that has stood the test of time and proven adaptable to the human influences it has seen through generations. </p> <p class="p4"> <p> “It’s long overdue to celebrate a meal that’s central to the history of our community that we share with these other internationally renowned food cities,” Mabry said. “I think the event’s theme, calendar location, broad program, and strong partners provide the ideal foundation for immediate and long-term benefits to Southern Arizona’s tourism and hospitality industry.” </p> </div> </div> <footer class="entry-meta" aria-label="Entry meta"> <span class="cat-links"><span class="gp-icon icon-categories"><svg viewBox="0 0 512 512" aria-hidden="true" xmlns="" width="1em" height="1em"><path d="M0 112c0-26.51 21.49-48 48-48h110.014a48 48 0 0143.592 27.907l12.349 26.791A16 16 0 00228.486 128H464c26.51 0 48 21.49 48 48v224c0 26.51-21.49 48-48 48H48c-26.51 0-48-21.49-48-48V112z" /></svg></span><span 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