1st Annual Prickly Pear Festival
Superior, AZ 85173
Questions about this event? Contact Superior Chamber of Commerce at (520)689-5003
Saturday, August 25, 2012
August 25, 2012 the historic copper mining town of Superior hosts a new prickly pear festival featuring a morning “how to pick and juice ‘em” class by Jean Groen. Additionally, visitors to the festival can enjoy other free experiences from a number of ‘all things prickly pear’ vendors.
The one day event also showcases local restaurants which will have a special signature dish celebrating the ripe fruit, from sweet prickly pear syrup to refreshing prickly pear margaritas at Porter’s Café.
This debut festival evolved from the popular series of prickly pear classes that author Jean Groen coaches at nearby Boyce Thompson Arboretum, a botanical garden just west of Superior that offers weekend nature walks and specialty workshops. “At least 1,500 people have attended our cactus classes over the past five years,” said Groen, “these classes really struck a chord – each year the attendance increases, so having a prickly pear festival in Superior will be a great way to expand, allowing more people to attend, and to experience a wider variety of cactus cuisine”
Superior Chamber of Commerce event planners will keep some elements of the festival, such as Groen’s popular class, free, encouraging families to attend and learn together. Those who truly want to be immersed in cactus cuisine can enroll in a home-brewing class taught by Pete Rendek during the afternoon where they’ll learn to make a prickly pear IPA (Indian Pale Ale). This informative and fun class will be held at Porter’s Café.
Additional information can be found at the Superior Chamber of Commerce website, http://www.superiorarizonachamber.org. Read a short biography of Jean Groen at http://www.wells-groen.com . Browse the list of July and August “how-to-juice-a-prickly-pear” class dates at Boyce Thompson Arboretum http://ag.arizona.edu/bta. Or call the Superior Chamber of Commerce festival planner, Lynn Heglie, 520-689-5003 for further information regarding the Prickly Pear Festival.
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