Yuma, Ariz. — A new farm-to-table style of dinner debuts Nov. 21, called Sunset on the Ranch. Presented by Visit Yuma, this new specialty dinner will be offered five times during the winter season: Nov. 21, Jan. 9 and 23, Feb. 13, and March 5. The dinner experience takes guests "out to the ranch," to enjoy a gourmet dinner al fresco at a shared table with lively conversation.
Each dinner will feature a local farm family who will share about their lives and what it's like to farm around Yuma. The first dinner, which takes place on Nov. 21, will be hosted by John and Alicia Boelts, who own and operate Desert Premium Farms.
The delicious dinners, prepared by Executive Chef Alex Trujillo, will incorporate locally grown winter vegetables and produce. Guests can choose from a wine or beer pairing chosen by Old Towne Wine Cellar. BMC Productions will provide music, and there will be tractor-pulled wagon rides and a firepit as well.
The dinners will take place at the University of Arizona Yuma Agriculture Center, showcasing several types of crops growing in their fields, near the dinner tables. The evening will be a full experience for the senses, out under the stars, with the smell of fresh-tilled soil and plants growing, as well as the aromas of the dinner cooking to perfection in an outdoor kitchen.
"We couldn't be more pleased to bring this new dinner experience to Yuma," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. "Yuma-area farms provide 93% of all the winter vegetables to North America, so it's a great chance for visitors and residents alike to learn more about the importance of agriculture in Yuma, from one of our local farm families."
Visit Yuma also puts on the popular Date Night dinners nine times this winter. The Date Night dinners sell out quickly, and tickets remain for only three of the dinners this season. "Sunset on the Ranch gives us another opportunity to share with our guests about Yuma's role in feeding our nation, all during an enchanting evening with a down home dinner," said Morgan. "Visit Yuma works hard to showcase Yuma and help guests at Sunset on the Ranch see why our local ag is central to our sense of place," she said.
Tickets for Sunset on the Ranch are available at VisitYuma.com.
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DATE: October 24, 2019
CONTACT: Karen Harris
Yuma, Ariz. — A fresh twist on a farmers market is sprouting up in Yuma County on Nov. 3. Visit Yuma is creating six markets that blend fresh farm foods with local art and artists. Called the Ag to Art Market: Feeding the Body and Soul, this new market will be held on the first Sunday of the month, November through April, and it is free to the public.
"This was the year to start our new market, because this year Visit Yuma has a special focus on the arts in Yuma," said Executive Director Linda Morgan. "Yuma is becoming known as a regional center for the arts in the Southwest. Our new market brings together the freshest foods from the farm alongside artists selling what they have created. Traditionally, Yuma has been known for its agriculture and winter vegetables; now we're showcasing both ag and art." She continued, "Our vision is to bring the market to different parts of Yuma County to showcase our neighbors and their unique art, entertainment and culinary offerings."
The first market will take place on Nov. 3 at Tractor Supply Company in the Foothills, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Among the farm foods and products, Brockett Farms is bringing many of their fresh offerings including Medjool dates, local honey and locally crafted chocolates, and caramel apples. Mama Bella Hot Sauce will have locally made jars of hot sauces and pepper jellies, among other delicious treats. Fresh eggs, homemade bread, herbs, and homemade soap will also be on hand. Naked Dates will be on site with their modified Volkswagen which serves to display their dates and products. Gypsy Girl Henna by Drea will blend both ag and art at the market, with henna tattoos as well as organic lemons and home-grown succulent plants for sale. Local artists include Lynnette Weise who works in pen and ink or alcohol and ink, Judy Phillips who makes fused glass creations and Sun Dust Minerals, that solder minerals into necklace pendants as well as making other forms of jewelry. Weld Like a Girl will bring unique items, too.
There will be music and entertainment provided by BMC Productions. Each market may feature cooking demonstrations, taste-tests, interactive displays, or other lively and fun activities. The market could offer short classes or sessions for yoga or musical lessons, for example, during the hours it is open. Mr. G's food truck will be on hand to sell tasty Mexican food, and there will be a children's area as well. At each market, there will be children's activities that are ag-related and art-related. At the Nov. 3 market, the "ag" project is a Pot-A-Plant, where each child can pot up their own plant to take home and care for. The Yuma Art Center will be on hand with a fun art project for the kids.
Next markets will take place on Dec. 1 at Butterfield Park in Wellton, Jan. 5 at Colorado River State Historic Park, Feb. 2 at Sanguinetti Park in Somerton, Mar. 1 at the Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex, and Apr. 5 at Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens. In each location, the Ag to Art Market: Feeding the Body and Soul, will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lots to do. Each market will be unique, educational and fun.
Interested vendors can call 928-376-0100 or email Communications@VisitYuma.com for more information.
Yuma, Ariz. — The Colorado Riverfront revitalization was recognized by Sunset magazine in its September/October issue, featuring their 2019 Travel Awards. The riverfront revitalization and parks made the list of Additional Finalists in the magazine's annual travel awards, for the category of Ultimate Experiences. Visit Yuma submitted the award application in May and the awards were announced recently.
The Colorado Riverfront revitalization stands in good company on Sunset magazine's list. Other Additional Finalists they chose include Denali National Park, Alaska; Yosemite National Park, Calif.; and Spirit of the West Adventures Whales & Wilderness Glamping, in British Columbia, as well as several more.
“The Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area is honored to be recognized as a finalist in the Ultimate Experiences category for our revitalization and conservation efforts along the Colorado Riverfront," said Executive Director Lowell Perry. “We appreciate Visit Yuma submitting us for this prestigious award, and are thrilled to even be mentioned, given the heavyweights we were up against in the category!” he finished.
For most of the twentieth century, the Colorado River running through the city of Yuma had been neglected and derelict. The banks lined with thickets of invasive salt cedar brush were home to native species like burrowing desert owls, but also dumped appliances and trash, and dozens of homeless camps. Now the riverfront is the Gateway to Yuma, as well as honoring its past as the location of The Crossing. The restoration points to the future of next generations reviving not only the riparian zone of the river, but also the community’s sense of pride in this special place.
“The revitalization has allowed Yumans the ability to reconnect with the river and for visitors to explore Yuma in a way that was impossible previously. It allows us a better opportunity to link visitors with the exciting fun and cultural signficance of the Colorado Riverfront in Yuma,” said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma.
More than a dozen years, millions of dollars brought in through grants, fundraisers and city dollars, and thousands of volunteer hours led to reclaiming the river as it flows through Yuma. In 2000, seven square miles of the riverfront was designated as one of just three National Heritage Areas in the west, now called Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area.
Sunset has a readership of more than 1.2 million people each issue. In 1898, Sunset began as a promotional magazine for the Southern Pacific Railroad, designed to combat negative "Wild West" stereotypes. It encouraged travel to the west on its train line, the Sunset Limited. This Route is still operated by Amtrak, crossing the southwest from New Orleans to Los Angeles with regular service which includes a stop in Yuma.
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DATE: October 9, 2019
CONTACT: Karen Harris
Yuma, Ariz. —On October 1, Specialty Tour and Dinner tickets will go on sale on VisitYuma.com. Especially popular tours such as the Date Night dinners will likely sell out within just days. Go online soon to get first pick on tours and dates.
The dining opportunities that are uniquely Yuman include Date Night dinners, Sunset on the Ranch, Savor Yuma, and History Dinners.
Date Night dinners are ranked as one of the top twenty most unique dining experiences in the world, by Fodor's. This year, five Date Nights are scheduled, along with four private engagements for Destination America, the U.S. arm of Trafalgar Tours.
Sunset on the Ranch is Visit Yuma's newest opportunity for diners to enjoy a gourmet meal al fresco, under the stars. Five dinners are scheduled, and are created to introduce diners to what life is like on the farm or ranch. Each dinner is hosted by a local farm family, and there's a tractor-pulled wagon ride.
Savor Yuma highlights three local restaurants on a progressive dinner with transportation and drinks included. Diners experience an array of fresh flavors which put the spotlight on Yuma's locally grown produce.
This year, History Dinners are being held at St. Paul's Cultural Center. City Historian Tina Clark and Cathy Reeves host the dinners and share about Yuma's yesteryear through photos, stories, music and more. Each of the six dinners focuses on a different facet of Yuma's past.
To help visitors and locals alike learn about the importance of agriculture to the Yuma area, the Field to Feast tour goes to the University of Arizona research farm for a half-day tour. Each of the fifteen tours is led by a local grower, and participants get to harvest a few things before continuing on to Arizona Western College for a tour of the Land Lab led by students and a farm-fresh lunch prepared by AWC culinary students.
The military also has a large presence in Yuma's community, and three tours show what is happening on base at YPG and MCAS. Behind the Big Guns and YPG: At Ease tour participants through the Yuma Proving Ground, sharing facts and figures about their missions, while tanks are ripping around and giant booms are going off. Seven tours head out to YPG this winter. At MCAS, Visit Yuma's four Oorah! tours look at the air station's activities, including the obstacle course and working dog demonstration. This year, tours also offer a narrated stop at the Armed Forces Park on the way back.
"We put the tickets on sale right away in October so Yumans get a chance to get some of them before the large crowd of winter visitors buy out the tours," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director at Visit Yuma. "If you've always wanted to go, this year is the year, and remember, tour tickets make great gifts for the holidays!"
Go to VisitYuma.com to purchase tickets online, starting on October 1.
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DATE: September 24, 2019
CONTACT: Karen Harris
Yuma, Ariz. —After a call for artists, Visit Yuma chose six regional artists to illustrate scenes for its newly-released Shades of Yuma coloring book. Lia Littlewood, Lori Mott, Sergio Arroyo Alcazar, Louise Aceves, John Benz and Rachelle Negron each created the artwork for two pages in the coloring book.
Several of the artists gathered recently to share what inspired them to take part in the project. "Being asked to do the cover, it got me really excited," said Lia Littlewood. "I didn't want to just do the train. I also wanted to show the bridge and the prison behind it, to fully encompass Yuma as it was back in the day. It was sort of desolate, but still beautiful."
"This year we are focusing on the arts in Yuma, because the arts are exploding all over the place in Yuma. We have a lot of really great local artists, we think that's really unique to Yuma and really tells the story of Yuma," said Linda Morgan, Executive Director of Visit Yuma. Watch the artists' meet-up video here.
The scenes that are captured in the new coloring book include Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival, Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area, Yuma Proving Ground, MCAS Yuma, Ocean-to-Ocean Bridge, Castle Park, Telegraph Pass and more. The coloring book appeals to both children and also is a fit for the trend of adults coloring for relaxation. The Shades of Yuma coloring book is available for sale in the gift shop at the Visitor Information Center, 201 N. 4th Ave., or at www.YumanInterest.com.
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