It’s that time of year and Local First Arizona is hosting its 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival… no doubt, this fest will be better than ever. With plenty to see, do, eat and drink at this family-friendly event, don’t forget to get a jump start on your holiday shopping (you’ll be supporting a grateful local community).
Besides a new venue — on Portland Street between Third and Central Avenues — the following local businesses will be on-hand, waiting for you to stop by and say hello: Hubbard Family Swim School, Community Tire, Salvador Calvano Hair Salon, Practical Art, Greener House Today, Strawberry Hedgehog, Scottsdale Cat Clinic, Furniture Affair, Desert Song Yoga and Massage Center, The Pool Tile King, Del Sol Furniture.
As for food, think: Souvia Tea, Postino, Windsor/Churn, Urban Cookies, Luncha Libre food truck and Pizza People food truck. Yum. Good stuff. You should definitely GO… Oh, did we mention: it’s FREE.
The dets: http://www.localfirstaz.com; 602.956.0909
Below, Local First Director Kimber Lanning talks about why you should hang out with the Local First crew this Saturday:
This is your 8th year… how have things evolved over the past several years?
We have grown, grown, Grown! We’re so much more now: We have more food, more shops, more fun stuff for kids! We have always had something for everyone, but now it’s just amazing. From Frances Boutique, Samurai Comics and Noble Beast pet store to Kidstop Toystore and restaurants, including Postino, Parlor, St Francis and more.
What can visitors to the festival expect?
They can expect green grass, sunshine, live music from the Valley’s best musicians, a large beer and wine garden, 12 of the Valley’s best restaurants and lots of kids activities like a rock climbing wall, a bounce house, craft booth and face painting, plus the Diamondbacks are going to have a T-Ball cage out there. Food tickets are just $1, and admission to the beer and wine garden, where you can sample dozens of Arizona-made beverages are just $10!
This event is very community-oriented. Talk to me about the importance of nurturing our community — after all, we live in a city that is pretty spread out.
Yes, the heart of this festival is in the messaging: This is a day to celebrate Arizona! When you see how many AMAZING stores and restaurants we really have, it’s impressive.
Let’s talk buying local. Why is it so important to our local economy?
Choosing to support locally-owned businesses keeps more money right here at home, recirculating and creating additional revenue for things like parks, libraries and fire departments. In addition, people who choose to buy goods from Arizona-based companies feel like they’re part of the community and are more apt to create a place that everyone feels proud to call home.
What are you excited about this year?
I am excited about the new location! There are so many trees and a wide open green space. We’re also anxious to see how many people choose to ride the light rail down — it’s literally a few feet away from the festival. Also, our expanded beer and wine garden will really WOW people, and we have great new kids activities lined up, too. We were voted “Best Free Festival” last year and I think this year is really going to be something to see! You won’t want to miss this event.