For joining us on

23 August 2014

Holiday Inn

4550 S Palo Verde


noon - 6 pm





Welcome to many things Prickly Pear!


Our THANKS to all of you who helped us put on such a fun event. Our volunteers who put in hours and hours organizing, arranging and participating; our vendors who so graciously gave up their Saturday to attend, donated to our silent auction, and had such wonderful products and tastings; our entertaining presentors who imparted such great information; our media partners; our sponsors, and the many, many visitors, shoppers, participants. THANK YOU. It was all for a great cause, raising much needed funds for the non-profit EMVIA.


Let's do it all again next year! Check back periodically - as we make arrangements we will post them.


This afternoon event was a celebration of all things deliciously prickly pear.


It's amazing the different and many prickly pear options there are in Tucson. Restaurants use it as an ingredient in their recipes; the juice can be harvested for beverages (margaritas, lemonade and even beer!), recipe books have been written, it is said to have medicinal properties, it is inspiration for many different types and styles of art and Tucson has its very own Prickly Pear Park!


Although not our state plant (that honor belongs to Texas) the prickly pear offers a lot to celebrate and enjoy, and this festival brings it together. There will be something for everyone.


Exhibitors/vendors will not just have items soley prickly pear but will offer some prickly pear items in their inventory ... and the event is FREE! See you there.


Our thanks to our very generous sponsors


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Thank you, our media parters, for all your promotional support

AAA Highroads Magazine | Arizona Daily Star | Azteca Tucson | Caliente

Coffee News Tucson | Edible Baja Ariizona | Green Valley News and Sun

KGUN Calendar | KOLD Calendar | KVOA Calendar | La Estrella

Lovin' Life After 50 | Natural Awakenings | Never Too Late | Nogales Calendar

Que Pasa | Sierra Vista Calendar | The Fence Post

The Morning Blend | The Trader | The Vail Voice | Tucson Happenings

Tucson Lifestyle | Vail Star | Visit Tucson Calendar | Zocalo of Tucson



All proceeds benefit the non profit, EMVIA, Educating and Mentoring for the Visually Impaired Association. EMVIA empowers visually impaired people and their friends and families to deal with issues arising from that impairment. EMVIA provides them with a resource that identifies information specifically designed to meet their unique needs and encourages them to achieve their full participation in the community.