Tucson Designated a 'World City of Gastronomy'

Tucson's food traditions now are recognized internationally, as the city last week received the rare designation as a "World City of Gastronomy" in the Creative Cities Network.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced the designation Friday, making Tucson the first city in the United States to receive the honor, creating a new tool to attract tourists and businesses to our region.

The City of Tucson partnered with the University of Arizona College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ Southwest Center, Edible Baja Arizona magazine, and many other community partners to apply for the recognition.

Tucson has an agricultural heritage dating back more than 4,000 years, as well as a 300-year tradition of vineyards, orchards, and livestock ranching.

Read more from the Arizona Daily Star and Edible Baja Arizona, and visit the City of Tucson Gastronomy website.