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Nowhere do Tucson's past and present intertwine like in the Presidio.
Guided by Martha Burgess, with a deep knowledge of Old and New World foods taught to her by Tohono O’odham elders, learn about Tucson’s origins, the food fusions that occurred when the Spanish and Tohono O’Odham were first learning from each other, as well as local history as you start your tour at the Presidio Museum.
Celebrating Tucson's UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, the Presidio tour includes stops at four locations in the historic Presidio District of Downtown Tucson.
In addition to tastings of Old and New World foods, participants also enjoy Three Wells Distillery’s Silver and Copper spirits made from prickly pear fruits. The tour then moves on to El Charro for a piece of food-making history: the creation of the chimichanga.
The next stop is at both La Cocina Restaurant & Old Town Artisans, located in the longest-inhabited block in Arizona. Participants will enjoy an appetizer portion of menu items while they are told stories about the residents and businesses the building has hosted in the past.
Time for shopping at the many quaint shops in Old Town Artisans is also included.
The final stop on the tour is Café a la C’art, housed in the historic Fish-Stevens home at the Tucson Museum of Art. Here, participants will enjoy a one of their many famous desserts made with historic regional ingredients.
Book tickets early! The tour fills quickly and pre-registration and tickets are required.
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