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Discover Marana’s Epicurean Showcase

                                                  thousand years,” said Town of Marana Tourism Manager Laura Corte-
                                                  lyou. The gastronomy tour was designed to explore that rich history in
                                                  the context of contemporary foods that use ancient flavors.

                                                  Marana’s rich concentration of archaeological sites are relatively undis-
                                                  turbed, and are still yielding surprising discoveries such as the oldest ag-
                                                  ricultural irrigation canal system in North America found in 2009. Marana
                                                  plays a significant role in the southern Arizona culinary networks through
                                                  its own noteworthy restaurants and as a supplier to regional restaurants,
                                                  farmer’s markets, and dining room tables.

                                                  The Marana Gastronomy Tour is the first tour approved by United Nations
                                                  Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) Creative Cit-
                                                  ies Network member, Tucson City of Gastronomy, the first UNESCO City of
                                                  Gastronomy in the U.S. The designation recognizes 13,000 years of habita-
           Intrepid adventurers needn’t travel far to   tion, 4,000 years of formal agriculture, the longest agricultural history of any
           take a peek at the remains of an ancient   city in North America, and 300 years of orchards and livestock ranching – a
           kitchen in Arizona. They only need to travel   history shared by Marana and Tucson. More information can be found at
           a few miles from Interstate 10 as part of a
           new attraction created by the Town of Ma-
           rana’s tourism  program, Discover  Marana
           and offered by Gray Line Tours Tucson.

           Ancient foodways, artisanal flavors, and
           Sonoran haute cuisine set the stage for the
           Marana Gastronomy  Tour running twice
           a month from approximately October
           through April. Tourists can expect to travel
           back thousands of years with University
           of Arizona professor emerita and Arizona
           State Museum Curator Dr. Suzanne Fish
           as they explore ancient archaeological
           sites of the Hohokam civilization, before
           returning to the present for a modern cui-
           sine tasting infused with with ancient wild
           foods, ancient domesticated native foods,
           and post-1699 European foods. BKW
           Farm, Bean Tree Farm, Catalina Brewing
           Company, and Ritz Carlton, Dove Moun-
           tain all take center stage during the epicu-
           rean showcase.

           “Marana is situated on one of three places
           along the Santa Cruz River watershed that
           has supported the oldest agriculture sys-
           tems in North America for more than four

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