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Agave Heritage Festival Documentary Screening

  • Loft Cinema United States (map)

Enjoy two documentaries, Agave is Life and Mesoamerican Diet with a pre-screening Agave and Wild Foods Exhibit. The UA College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Tucson City of Gastronomy sponsor a post-screening panel discussion with Maribel Alvarez, Ph.D., Karen R. Adams, Ph.D., Barry Infuso, Lisa S. Palacios, and Melanie Hingle, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.D.N.

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Price: Free

  • 5:30 – 6:30  Agave and Wild Food Exhibit
  • 6:30 – 7:40  Screening of Agave is Life
  • 7:40 – 7:50  Statements by filmmakers Meredith Dreiss and David Brown on making of Agave is Life
  • 7:50 – 8:50  Screening of The Mesoamerican Diet
  • 8:50 – 9:00  Statements by filmmakers Daniel and Patricia on making of The Mesoamerican Diet
  • 9:00 – 9:30  University Of Arizona panel discussion on the influence of the Mesoamerican diet on our region

The panel will discuss how the pre-colonial Mesoamerican Diet (maize, beans, squash, chile peppers, tomatoes, agaves) compares to the indigenous Sonoran Desert diet, and how it influenced the diet, food traditions, cultural history, and cuisine of the Sonoran Desert after it began to spread to this region some 4,000 years ago.

*Note: RSVP does not guarantee seating. Seating for this event is first come, first served. An RSVP helps you save the date. Please plan to show up 30 minutes early.  

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