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Wild food tour makes its return to Marana

MARANA – The tour that captures the unique flavors of the Sonoran Desert makes its return to Marana this month.

For the second year, Discover Marana is launching its gastronomy tour program starting in October.

“The Marana Gastronomy Tour” combines guided walks at two archaeology sites with good food and beverages. The beverage tasting will be provided by Catalina Brewing Company and thee Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. The tours, which are limited to 12-13 people, will be offered from 12:30 to 6 p.m. Oct. 11, Nov. 8, January 24, Feb. 21 and March 21.

The second tour, “A Taste of the Wild: The Marana Wild Foods Gastronomy Tour”, will be offered Oct. 21, Nov. 18, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3 and April 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. During this tour, participants will be treated to wild foods and craft beer provided by Bean Tree Farm, Catalina Brewing Company and Button Brew House.

“The UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation was given to Tucson because the areas surrounding the Santa Cruz River have the earliest agriculture found in the United States,” said Laura Cortelyou, Tourism and Marketing Manager for the Town of Marana. “These are the only tours where you can experience these ancient cultures at ancient archaeology sites and taste ancient flavors in craft beer and classical French fusion cuisine.”

Reservations with Gray Line Arizona are $99 for the “A Taste of the Wild” and $109  for the “Marana Gastronomy Tour” per person.

To reserve a tour, visit For more information, visit

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead web content producer at News 4 Tucson. The University of Arizona graduate previously served as an award-winning community reporter at a news publication in Newton, Iowa.
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