• Marana, AZ

A Taste of the Wild - Gastronomy Tour

sponsored by Town of Marana & Grayline Bus Tours

Spring 2018 Schedule

March 9

March 29

April 27


John will be offering a wild food plant walk in the Tortolita mountains on each of the Taste of the Wild Gastronomy Tours offered through the Town of Marana and Grayline bus tours. Each of John's walks will finish with a tasting of delicious wild food treats gathered and prepared by John from the bountiful Sonoran desert landscape. 


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.



09:30 AM Meet at Tucson Premium Outlets
09:45 AM Tour of Los Morteros Conservation Area
10:45 AM Foraging and Tasting with John Slattery
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.
* Exclusive tastings, including gourmet wildcrafted foods from Bean Tree Farm, Catalina Brewing Company, and Button Brew House.


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