Celebration, Connection, Discovery: Fall Fest Celebrates All Things Arizona

The Arizona Fall Fest, a free and family-friendly celebration of all things uniquely Arizona, will be hosted at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Saturday, November 4, from 10am–4pm. Formerly known as the Certified Local Fall Festival, this will be the 13th annual festival hosted by Local First Arizona.

While the name of this local festival is changing, the event will still offer the same great local offerings and entertainment but with an even broader statewide representation.

“We’re expecting a few dozen businesses and organizations from outside of the Phoenix area to join us for this year’s festival, more than what we’ve had in the past,” said Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of Local First Arizona. “We realized that our annual festival has grown into a true representation of some of the best things that the entire state of Arizona has to offer, and so we wanted the name to reflect that evolution.”

The Arizona Fall Fest is the only large-scale festival to feature exclusively Arizona-owned businesses and organizations. The Arizona Fall Fest will highlight the best of Arizona:

  • More than 200 vendors representing Arizona’s favorite local businesses
  • Food samples from some of the best Arizona restaurants, local chefs and food trucks
  • The Hensley Beverage Garden featuring Arizona-produced wine, beer and spirits
  • Live entertainment on multiple stages showcasing exclusively Arizona talent including cultural groups from across the state
  • Games and entertainment in the Sports Zone with several of Arizona’s professional sports teams
  • The official ‘Kid Zone’ (new this year) made possible by Sprouts, featuring crafts, games and activities for kids and families

“The Arizona Fall Fest is all about celebration, connection, and discovery,” said Lanning. “We want localists of all ages to join us to connect with their favorite local businesses and find new favorites as well. We want Arizonans to feel connected to the local businesses in their communities, and we want local businesses to feel supported by their neighbors. Because when local businesses prosper, communities thrive.”

The 2017 Arizona Fall Fest is made possible through support from SRP and Pride Group. The event is both family-friendly and dog-friendly, and is free to attend. Tickets for food sampling and activities will be available for purchase. Vendors will be selling products and services.

To learn more about Local First Arizona, visit www.localfirstaz.com.

Taste All That Arizona Has To Offer

Arizona Fall Fest is November 4

The Arizona Fall Fest, a free and family-friendly celebration of all things uniquely Arizona, will be hosted at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, Saturday, November 4, from 10am–4pm. Formerly known as the Certified Local Fall Festival, this will be the 13th annual festival hosted by Local First Arizona.

While the name of this beloved local festival is changing, the event will still offer the same great local offerings and entertainment but with an even broader statewide representation.

“We’re expecting a few dozen businesses and organizations from outside of the Phoenix area to join us for this year’s festival, more than what we’ve had in the past,” said Kimber Lanning, founder and executive director of Local First Arizona. “We realized that our annual festival has grown into a true representation of some of the best things that the entire state of Arizona has to offer, and so we wanted the name to reflect that evolution.”

The Arizona Fall Fest is the only large-scale festival to feature exclusively Arizona-owned businesses and organizations. The Arizona Fall Fest will highlight the best of Arizona, including:

  • More than 200 vendors representing Arizona’s favorite local businesses
  • Food samples from some of the best Arizona restaurants, local chefs and food trucks
  • The Hensley Beverage Garden featuring Arizona-produced wine, beer and spirits
  • Live entertainment on multiple stages showcasing exclusively Arizona talent including cultural groups from across the state
  • Games and entertainment in the Sports Zone with several of Arizona’s professional sports teams
  • The official ‘Kid Zone’ (new this year) made possible by Sprouts, featuring crafts, games and activities for kids and families

“The Arizona Fall Fest is all about celebration, connection, and discovery,” said Lanning. “We want Localists of all ages to join us to connect with their favorite local businesses and find new favorites as well. We want Arizonans to feel connected to the local businesses in their communities, and we want local businesses to feel supported by their neighbors. Because when local businesses prosper, communities thrive.”

The 2017 Arizona Fall Fest is made possible through support from SRP and Pride Group. The event is both family-friendly and dog-friendly, and is free to attend. Tickets for food sampling and activities will be available for purchase. Vendors will be selling products and services.

More information can be found at www.localfirstaz.com/fall-festival.

Save The Date & Get Ready To Go Local!

The local-first (LFA) Certified Local Fall Festival is right around the corner, and Valley residents are invited to celebrate “local” community.

The 12th annual Certified Local Fall Festival is a free family-friendly event for all ages and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona. This year’s festival will feature more than 100 vendors with some of Arizona’s favorite local businesses; food samples from some of the best Arizona restaurants and food trucks; the Hensley Beverage Garden featuring Arizona-produced wine, beer and spirits; live entertainment from some of Arizona’s most talented musicians at the Entertainment Stage; crafts and activities for kids and families; a raffle with gift cards and prizes from local businesses; an online silent auction featuring items and experiences, along with staycation packages across the state; and much more.

Founded in 2003 by Director Kimber Lanning, LFA is a statewide non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona.

The 12th annual Certified Local Fall Festival will be held at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, on Saturday, November 5, from 10am-4pm. For more information, visit www.localfirstaz.com/fall-festival.

Connecting Arizonans To Local Businesses

Local FirstNew studies show that when Arizonans support local and independently owned businesses, up to four times more money stays and circulates in the local economy to support local job creation, strong schools and local services and vibrant and diverse communities.

In addition, a thriving local business scene contributes to a community’s strong sense of place, says Local First Arizona Director Kimber Lanning. She points to a recent Knight Foundation study, which shows “connection to place” as the single-most leading indicator in places that have prosperity.

“We need to be sure that people living here feel connected to this place, and locally owned businesses play an important role in that connection.”

With a goal of that “connection” in mind, Local First Arizona will host its 11th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival Saturday, November 14, from 10am-4pm at Portland Parkway in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The free family-friendly event is geared for all ages and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona.

This year’s festival will feature more than 100 vendors with some of Arizona’s favorite local businesses; food samples from some of the best Arizona restaurants and food trucks; the Hensley Beverage Garden featuring Arizona-produced wine, beer and spirits; live entertainment from some of Arizona’s most talented musicians at the Entertainment Stage; crafts and activities for kids and families; the Scottsdale Cat Clinic Bounce House; the Good Food Finder booth; the Bookmans Entertainment Exchange Musical Instrument Petting Zoo; a raffle and much more. Additional information is available at http://www.localfirstaz.com/fall-festival.

BALLE 2015 Injects New Energy Into Localist Movement

– By Kathryn M. Miller

An enthusiastic crowd officially kicked off the BALLE 2015 Conference the evening of June 10 at the majestic Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Phoenix, led by the Valley’s own localist rock star, Kimber Lanning of Local First Arizona (www.localfirstaz.com).

Although the conference was well underway with local tours and an opening Vision Session, the Phoenix Sparks event at the Orpheum truly set the stage for the remainder of this week’s activities.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton welcomed conference goers from Arizona and around the country saying, “What Local First Arizona does for Phoenix makes it a stronger city, what you do in your respective cities as passionate localists makes your community stronger and therefore, we are a stronger country because of the work that you do.”

The mayor continued, “Our economy is stronger when we are supporting the health and prosperity and happiness of our local businesses, community leaders and our local organizations.”

And the line-up of Phoenix Sparks speakers went on to underline the mayor’s point.

Speakers included Angela Hughey, ONE Community; Kade Twist, Postcommodity; Oye Waddell, Hustle PHX; Joe Larios, Center for Neighborhood Leadership; Silvana Salcido Esparza, Barrio Cafe; Miguel Jardine, The Local Soil Company; Ann Morton, Artist/Social Practitioner; Joe Johnston, Agritopia; Heidi Jannenga, Web PT; Maynard James Keenan, Caduceus Cellars & Merkin Vineyards. Each provided inspiration and the story of their own localist path and shared how their respective businesses and organizations are making an impact within local communities.

BALLE events picked up again this morning and continue into the afternoon with Conference Tracks on a variety of topics ranging from Community Capital and Local First to Soil & Nature and more, followed by and evening Party in the Park at Civic Space Park and after-hours at Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour – with more of the same tomorrow. The week of events wraps on Saturday with the final two tours of the 2015 BALLE Conference: Arcosanti Tour and Revitalizing Mainstreet in Rural Arizona Tour.

BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) was founded in 2001 to nurture and curate the emergence of a new economy – one that will support the health, prosperity and happiness for all people and regenerate the vital ecosystems upon which our economy depends. Learn more at www.bealocalist.org.

Local First Mixer At DC Ranch

localfirstAre you interested in finding out how to become a part of the growing Local First Arizona (LFA) business community? In partnership with DMB Associates, along with media sponsor CITYSunTimes, Local First is holding a “Get to know Local First” mixer on January 16 at Regale! on Market Street in DC Ranch from 6-8pm. This is a special opportunity for local business owners to meet each other and hear what Local First is all about from Executive Director, Kimber Lanning. Appetizers will be provided by fellow Market Street restaurants Armitage, West Addison and The Herb Box. There will also be door prizes and a 50/50 raffle will be held. Current LFA members can increase their chances to win with each potential member they bring along.

For information, contact Chrisal at chrisal@localfirstaz.com or visit www.localfirstaz.com.

Keep Your Money Where Your Home Is

Celebrate your local “Independents”

By Kathryn M. Miller – As our nation celebrates declaring its independence this month, there is another quieter movement towards independence taking place. It is a national campaign with grass-roots development; and it is gaining momentum. Independents Week takes place July 1-7, facilitated nationally by the American Independent Business Alliance, and is a celebration of the spirit of entrepreneurism and individuality, and an occasion to recognize the local contributions of independent business’ time, talent, goods and services.

It also helps raises the community’s collective awareness and encourages them to think outside the “Big Box.” Studies have shown that for every $100 spent in a locally owned business roughly $42 remains right here in Arizona, while for the same $100 spent in a national chain store only $13 remains here. By shifting even a small percentage of purchases to locally owned businesses, money is circulated back into the economy over and over, which will help build a healthier local economy.

Locally, the effort is spearheaded by Local First Arizona, helmed by Director Kimber Lanning, and supported by the organizations more than 1,300 members. The weeklong celebration features a special “Golden Coupon” available on the Local First website, which is good for a 20 percent discount at participating businesses. Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton gives his full support to the effort.

“Small businesses are the economic engine that drives job growth and economic development,” says Stanton. “It is a ‘no brainer’ that we must do more, like supporting Independents Week to support Phoenix’s existing small businesses and foster the development and growth of new ones.”

For more information, visit www.localfirstaz.com or www.amiba.net. |CST

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