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Pueblos Del Maiz in Downtown Tucson

May 5, 2022 - May 8, 2022


A new world class culinary event will take place in Tucson in May. The Pueblos Del Maiz (PDM) festival kicks off a month-long celebration of the gastronomies, histories, and culinary cultures of Tucson and three other North American UNESCO Cities of Gastronomy, including San Antonio, and Meridia and Puebla both in Mexico. Pueblos del Maíz pays tribute to the major role that Maize (corn) has played in Southern Arizona's food heritage for thousands of years.

Produced by the nonprofit Tucson City of Gastronomy (TCoG) with support from Pima County’s American Rescue Plan for funding tourism recovery, the Tucson festival runs from May 5th through May 8th, extending from Hotel Congress and Fox Theatre to Mission Garden and San Xavier Co-op Farm. The program will feature a block party with street food, cooking demonstrations, chef showcase dinner, musical performances, a film screening, a photographic exhibit, and educational activities.

Tucson Pueblos Del Maiz Schedule of Events

Thursday, May 5, 5-6pm –The Citizen Hotel, 82 S Stone: Photography Exhibit: “Maize Traditions in Puebla” by Andres Lobato.

Andres Lobato is an accomplished photographer, influencer, and journalist from Puebla, MX. He has dedicated himself to portraying different corners of the world, mainly Mexico where he finds his greatest source of inspiration in the identity that is shaped through landscape and culture.

Free Event.

Thursday, May 5, 6:30-9:30pm – Fox Tucson Theatre, 17 W Congress: Movie Screening: “Maize in the Times of War”, by Alberto Cortés.

Summary: An indigenous Wixárika (Huichol) family in northern Jalisco, an Ayuuk (Mixe) family in Oaxaca, and two Tzeltal families in the jungles of Chiapas discuss their cornfields, their roads, and their homes. They reflect on the importance of their crops, and the practical knowhow that enables the everyday epic tale of corn, as well as the dangers faced by this crop and the need to preserve the land used by countless indigenous Mexican communities and farmers to grow their cornfields. Immediately following the film, there will be a live Q & A with film producer Carlos Rossini and Carlos Figueroa, director of Cinema Tropical. Free Event.

Friday, May 6 – Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress: A Maíz Showcase Bocadito Dinner Experience

Tucson City of Gastronomy presents the Maiz Showcase, a bocadito dinner experience featuring some of Tucson’s finest chefs at downtown’s most iconic venue, Hotel Congress. The dinner will feature 10 small plates, Pueblo del Maiz signature beer from Borderlands Brewery and more. A collaborative Maiz-themed menu by local award-winning chefs, restaurateurs, and food artisans, including Carlotta Flores & the Si Charro! Chefs, John Martinez (Tito & Pep), Don Guerra (Barrio Bread), Janos Wilder, Mateo Otero (Rollies Mexican Patio), Erika Muñoz (Seis Kitchen), Ayla Kapahi (Borderlands Brewery), Kristel Johnson (HUB Creamery), and Adam Krantz (Monsoon Chocolate). $50pp (ticket holders will gain automatic entry to El Tambo Fest following the dinner).

Friday, May 6, 9:30pm -2am (May 7) – Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress: El Tambo Fest 

Featuring music by: Vox Urbana, El Santo Golpe, & El Tambó DJs. Since 2013, Tucson's legendary dance party without borders, every Friday night at the Historic Hotel Congress. El Tambó, loosely, “The Drum,” celebrates the cultural remixing that has always taken place here in the borderlands. Consciousness and context come together on the dance floor. $15pp

Saturday, May 7, 5-10pm – Hotel Congress- 311 E Congress

Tucson City of Gastronomy presents the first annual "Pueblos del Maíz Fiesta," a FREE block party at Hotel Congress and 5th Avenue. Starting at 5pm, Hotel Congress will transform into a family friendly, maiz themed fiesta with plaza music from Gertie & the T.O. Boyz, Los Hermanos Cuatro, Las Trillizas y Dulce, and Native Creed. Juan Wauters of Uruguay and Los Velvets of Nogales will provide live entertainment in the club. The party will also feature over 15 local food and artisan vendors and a panel conversation organized by the Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area, all celebrating the cultural and agricultural significance of Maiz in the Sonoran Desert. Free Event


May 5, 2022
May 8, 2022
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