A Taste of the Wild: The Marana Wild Foods Gastronomy Tour will take you to an ancient archaeological site, a foraging walkabout, and exclusive tastings of ancient Sonoran wild foods and beverages imaginatively reinvented and presented in an unforgettable culinary afternoon.
You will discover wild Sonoran Desert flavors that inspire chefs, brew masters, artisanal bakers, and distillers; through tastings and guided tours by the region’s renowned experts.
You will learn about the cultures that built the oldest agricultural irrigation canal system found in North America, farming and foraging in this area for over 4000 years.
The Marana Gastronomy Tours are the first tours approved by UNESCO's Creative Cities Network member, Tucson City of Gastronomy, the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the U.S.
GET SO CLOSE TO THE SONORAN DESERT YOU CAN TASTE IT!Itinerary
09:30 AM Meet at Tucson Premium Outlets
09:45 AM Tour of Los Morteros Conservation Area
10:45 AM Foraging and Tasting
12:45 PM Tasting at Catalina Brewing Company
01:30 PM Tour concludes at Tucson Premium Outlets
* Learn about ancient foodways through a guided archaeology adventure led by Dr. Suzanne Fish, University of Arizona Emerita Professor and Arizona State Museum Curator. Dr. Fish is one of the world’s experts on Hohokam foodways, or Allen Denoyer, Preservation Archeologist, Archeology Southwest. Allen excavated Las Capas, the oldest agricultural irrigation canal system found in the United States.
* Exclusive tastings, including gourmet wildcrafted foods from Bean Tree Farm, Catalina Brewing Company, and Button Brew House.
* Depart from and return to the Tucson Premium Outlets at Marana Center,r
* Transportation in our Luxury Van
* Experienced Tour Guides
* Interact with internationally recognized archaeological and bioregional experts
* Food and beverage tastings
* Water will be provided
* Tour Guide and Driver GratuitiesEssentials
* Wear comfortable closed-toe walking shoes
* Plan to walk on flat desert for about one hour total
* Bring a hat or parasol
* This tour requires a minimum of 8 and is limited to 13 people.