Thousands of Tucsonans will flock to the annual Tucson Meet Yourself festival this weekend with only one thing on their mind - the food.
Vendors from various generations and cultures will offer up some of the best food you can find in the Old Pueblo, so make sure to arrive with an empty stomach.
Here's the complete list of vendors as listed on TucsonMeetYourself.org:
*NEW VENDOR, 2018
AFRICAN AMERICAN (Soul Food)
Gethsemane Cogic Women
Mama Carey’s Catering
*Nur Market and Restaurant (East Africa/Somali)
ASIAN & PACIFIC
Saffron Indian Bistro
Thri Ratana Buddhist Temple
Filipino American Students Association
Wat Buddhametta (Thai)
Takoyaki Balls (Japan)
Laos Academic Organization
Vietnamese Students Association
Filipino American Sampaguita
New Delhi Palace
Patricia’s Cuban Kitchen
D’s Island Grill
Safe Mission (Jamaican)
Caribbean Soul Cuisine (Virgin Islands)
AHEPA/Daughters of Penelope (Greek)
Arslan’s Grill (Bosnia)
Ricuras de Venezuela
Club Costa Rica
*La Fondita Chilena
El Taco Rustico
Matilde’s Sonoran Kitchen
Santa Cruz Church/Little Mexico
Los Chiquilines (Aguas Frescas)
*Holy Toledo Oaxacan mole
MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICAN
Sema Foundation (Turkish)
Yoeme Barrio Libre
The O’odham Ladies
San Ignacio Yaqui Council
Café Santa Rosa
*San Xavier Co-op Farm
Tucson Invitational Games (Ballpark Foods)
Mr Tri Tip (Santa Maria Style)
*Solid Grindz (Hawaiian)
*Off The Hook Seafood (American South)
WORLD STREET SNACKS
The Corn Roasters
Frost Gelato Shoppe
KoolTwists (soft serve ice cream)
Hawaiian Shave Ice
J’s Kettle Corn
Sonoran Sno Cones (raspados)
Lil’ Orbits (Donuts)
Aside from food, Tucson Meet Yourself is bringing performers of local, national and international backgrounds to the event. This year's headliners include: Lil Nathan and the Zydeco Big Timers from New Orleans, Louisiana, Mono Blanco from Veracruz, Mexico and Gertie 'N' the TO Boyz waila band.
The full 3-day performance schedule can be found here.
Other festival highlights:
- Free films provided by Loft Cinema on Friday and Saturday night in the Pima County Pavilion on Jacome Plaza
- Live food demo stage presented by the Culture Kitchen
- Circus Arts demonstrations in stilt walking, juggling, and acrobatics
Dates and hours:
- Friday, Oct. 12: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday, Oct. 13: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Sunday, Oct. 14: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This year's festival has moved to a new location, taking up four blocks and Jacomé Plaza in front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library.
Admission to the event is free and donations are encouraged at the festival entry points.