Native ingredients including tepary beans are on the menu at Saturday’s Desert Foods Festival, where participants can taste dishes and learn how to cook with traditional foods such as nopales (prickly pear pads).
The free festival, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is hosted by The Garden Kitchen, 2205 S. Fourth Ave., as part of South Tucson’s Fit 1st Saturdays, a wellness event held the first Saturday of the month.
The education facility features a kitchen and garden operated by the Pima County Cooperative Extension, according to a news release. Tours of the garden will be available during the festival.
Students from the University of Arizona’s Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Zuckerman College of Public Health will be on hand at Saturday’s event.
Also participating will be representatives of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Planet of the Crepes and Native SEEDS/Search.
The Garden Kitchen is an effort of the UA Cooperative Extension, Pima County and the city of South Tucson, with funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, to provide nutrition classes throughout Pima County, according to the news release.
For more information call 626-5161 weekdays.