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Get your grub on! Tucson Meet Yourself kicks off Friday

TUCSON – Ramen, booza, adobo, latkes – no, this isn’t a verse from the theme song of Nickelodeon’s The Fairly OddParents, but if you are in Tucson, your food wishes are definitely going to come true.

The annual Tucson Meet Yourself Folklife Festival is returning back to the Old Pueblo.

On Oct. 11, 12 and 13, the Old Pueblo will showcase its rich diversity and culture through various live performances, folk arts, cooking demonstrations and food vendors at the free annual celebration. This year, more than 30 countries and regions from across the world will be represented at the three-day festival around Jacome Plaza in downtown Tucson.

Tucson Meet Yourself
Tucson Meet Yourself starts Friday. Photo courtesy of Tucson Meet Yourself.

Those countries include Bosnia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Venezuela, Vietnam, the Mediterranean, as well as Hawaii, the U.S. South, and the Tohono O’odham and Pascua Yaqui tribes, indigenous to the Sonoran Desert region.

While the annual event tends to focus on Tucson specifically, Arizona’s neighbor to the west will share some of the spotlights with a few artists participating in the 46th year of the annual festival.

Those artists include writer Gustavo Arellano, ensemble Camblache, Kahil Cumming & the Extra Ancestral Show, Ofelia Esparza and Rosanna Esparza Ahrens.

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Anthony Victor Reyes

Anthony Victor Reyes is the lead digital content producer at News 4 Tucson. The award-winning journalist previously worked as a community reporter in Jasper County, Iowa.

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