Certified Local Fall Festival
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Local First Arizona to Celebrate 10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival
10th anniversary honors impact on local community and economy
Local First Arizona will host the 10th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival on Saturday, November 8, 2014, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Portland Parkway (10 W Portland St, Phoenix, AZ 85003) in the heart of Downtown Phoenix. The Certified Local Fall Festival is a free family-friendly event for all ages and an annual celebration of all things local to Arizona.
“There is no other festival or event like the Certified Local Fall Festival, it is a completely unique event to Arizona,” said Local First Arizona Director Kimber Lanning. “This festival highlights everything that Arizona has to offer, from one-of-a-kind local shops, boutiques, and restaurants to Arizona-made wine and beer. It really makes people proud to call Arizona home.”
The Certified Local Fall Festival has grown into one of Downtown Phoenix’s premier community events, having been named Best Free Festival of Phoenix by the Phoenix New Times in 2011. 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
- A beverage garden featuring Arizona-produced wine, beer, and spirits sponsored in part by Postino Winecafe, Phoenix Ale Brewery, Grand Canyon Cellars, Historic Brewing Company, Four Peaks Brewing Company, SanTan Brewing Company, and Dos Cabezas WineWorks
- Live entertainment from some of Arizona’s most talented musicians at the Bookmans Entertainment Stage
- Crafts and activities for kids and families provided by Kidstop Specialty Toys and Books
- A comics and superhero corner provided by Samurai Comics
- An inflatable baseball batting cage sponsored by the Arizona Diamondbacks
- Kids yoga at 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. presented by Desert Song Healing Arts Center
- A raffle with nearly 100 gift cards and prizes from local businesses
- An online silent auction featuring 100 items and experiences, along with staycation packages across the state; and much more.
“Ten years ago, we started out with about 30 local vendors and 1,500 attendees in the corner of a parking lot at The Duck and Decanter,” Lanning says about the first Certified Local Fall Festival. “Today, we’ve grown into a community event that draws thousands from across the state. I’m proud of the work we’ve done to turn this event into a real point of pride for the Valley and the community.”
According to Lanning, new 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. “The Certified Local Fall Festival is a fun way to engage the community with the local business community and remind them about the benefits of supporting local businesses,” said Lanning.
The Certified Local Fall Festival is presented by Local First Arizona and sponsored by APS, Pride Group, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, Scott’s Marketplace, Wist Office Products, Pikfly, Carolyn Sechler CPA, Upward Projects, Brand X T-Shirts, Up Cycle T-Shirts, and AlaMari Media. Entrance to the Certified Local Fall Festival is free. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase on site for $1 each. Food samples can be redeemed for one ticket and beverage samples can be redeemed for two tickets. Local business vendors will be selling a variety of unique gifts and products, prices will vary. The first 500 attendees to arrive at the festival will receive a handmade gift bag sponsored by Adobe Awning filled with goodies from participating local businesses. Public transportation is highly encouraged as the festival is easily accessible from the Valley Metro Light Rail station at Central Avenue and Roosevelt Street. Arizonans are invited to join the conversation on social media before and during the event by tagging #LFAFallFest in their comments and posts.
Images courtesy of Local First Arizona.
One of the best ways to revel in the season is at Local First Arizona’s Certified Local Fall Festival. In its ninth year, the festival continues the tradition of connecting the community with the local businesses that make Arizona special.
According to Erica Pedersen of Local First Arizona (LFA), the largest alliance of independent businesses in the country, “the Certified Local Fall Festival celebrates everything local to Arizona, and brings the community together in a unique environment that draws attention to the importance of the Buy Local movement in Arizona.”
The Certified Local festivities take place this Saturday, November 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Phoenix on Portland Parkway, located at 10 W. Portland St. This is the second year the festival has taken place in its downtown location, which is conveniently adjacent to the Roosevelt and Central light rail station.
You’ll find food, drinks, entertainment and shopping from much-loved local businesses like Postino Wine Cafe, Short Leash Hot Dogs, Zia Records and Bunky Boutique. Plus, you’ll likely find a few new favorites along the way from among the over 100 participating businesses.
This family-friendly event will have plenty to keep the kiddos happy, including a bounce house, arts and crafts and face painting. And well-behaved pooches are invited, too!
The festival is free to attend and food and drink tickets are $1 each. To sweeten the deal a bit more, the first 500 attendees at the festival will receive a gift bag filled with goodies donated by LFA businesses.
New to this year’s event is an online silent auction. All items were donated by LFA members and include things like staycation packages from around Arizona, spa and beauty packages, local art and sports memorabilia. Bidding is currently underway and wraps up on Saturday at 3pm. Check out items and register to bid online.
“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support from the community for this annual event,” says Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First Arizona. “When we first started nine years ago, it was just 25 vendors and several hundred attendees, and now it’s grown into an integral community event. This shows that each year, more and more people are making the connection between our communities’ well being and the strength of our local businesses.”
If you go
When: Saturday, November 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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Local First Arizona is excited to throw their 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival in a new location! After seven amazing years at the Duck & Decanter’s Camelback location, the festival of “all things local” will move to Downtown Phoenix’s Portland Parkway, located at 10 W. Portland Street, between Third and Central Avenues. This beautiful green space will allow the Certified Local Fall Festival to better accommodate the many local businesses who want to be a part of the Festival as well as allow more room for attendees to stroll, shop, eat and be entertained in a unique urban setting. The Festival will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Voted “Best Free Festival” in 2011’s New Times Best Of Phoenix awards, this family-friendly festival has a street fair atmosphere and has drawn upwards of 5,000 attendees in past years. The event is free to attend and will include variety of local businesses, restaurants, live music and children’s activities, including:
Bookmans, Practical Art, Zia Records, Bungalow, Frances Boutique, Smeeks Candy Shop, Kidstop Toys, Pink House Boutique, Strawberry Hedgehog, Bunky Boutique, Furniture Affair, Desert Song Yoga, Noble Beast Pet Boutique, Hubbard Family Swim School, Across Arizona Tours, Samurai Comics, Mountainside Fitness, Community Tire, Happy Dog Phoenix, Kidstop Toys, Duncan Family Farms, Eco Bay Home, Kooky Krafts Shop, Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, truce, Salvador Calvano Hair, Smelly Dog, State Bicycle Company and more!
Postino, Duck & Decanter, Spinato’s Pizza, The Parlor, Carte Blanche Tacos, St. Francis, Urban Cookies, America’s Taco Shop, Green New American Vegetarian, Jamburritos Cajun Grille, Burgers Amore, Bruce Brown Catering, Dragonfly Tea Company, Island Loco, Short Leash Hotdogs, Fox Restaurant Concepts, La Grande Orange, Luncha Libre, Shine Coffee and more!
Arizona Diamondbacks batting cage, Rock Climbing Wall sponsored by Accurate Chemicals, Bounce House sponsored by Kinesphere Studio, ASU’s College of Technology and Innovation’s hands-on STEM activities sponsored by Infusionsoft, Name the Veggies contest sponsored by Wille Itule Produce, Kids Craft booth sponsored by Kidstop Toys, Facepainting sponsored by Desert Schools Federal Credit Union and more!
Live music stage, sponsored by Bookmans, showcases Arizona musicians: Pick and Holler, Adam Smith, Kingfathand, Mikel & Meridith from The Sugar Thieves and Loose Cannon Blues Band.
Arizona Beer & Wine Garden, sponsored by Duck & Decanter, will feature brews & varietals from Dos Cabezas, Grand Canyon Winery, Postino, Sportsman’s Fine Wines, Four Peaks, San Tan Brewing and the Phoenix Ale Brewery.
Amazing silent auction items include staycation packages to Sedona, Prescott, Tucson, Phoenix and Scottsdale. Other great auction items include artwork, jewelry, gift baskets, gift certificates, adventures like glider rides, tickets to events, theater performances and much more. Raffle drawings will be held every hour for great items too!
The Festival is free to attend. Entrance to the Beer & Wine Garden is $10. Tickets for food samples and activities will cost $1. The first 500 attendees will receive gift bags stuffed full of goodies from Local First members. The Festival is directly across the street from the Roosevelt light rail station, making it easy for attendees to park and ride the rail. Find more information online at www.localfirstaz.com/fall-festival/
We would not be able to put this event together without the support of our amazing Title sponsor, SCF Arizona! Please check out the video on the LFA website with LFA’s Kimber Lanning & SCF Arizona’s Rick DeGraw to find out why SCF Arizona supports Local First!
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Eighth Annual Certified Local Fall Festival Is On The Move!
New Downtown Phoenix location allows more space to showcase local business Phoenix, Arizona
After seven amazing years at the Duck & Decanter’s Camelback location, Local First Arizona’s annual festival of all things local will move to Downtown Phoenix’s Portland Place, a mini-park located on Portland Street between Third and Central Avenues. This beautiful green space will allow the Certified Local Fall Festival to better accommodate the many local businesses who want to be a part of the Festival as well as allow more room for attendees to stroll, shop, eat and be entertained in a unique urban setting. The Festival will be held on Saturday, November 10 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This transition is a big move for Local First Arizona and is indicative of the rapid growth of the organization. “The Mettlers, who own the Duck and Decanter, are like family to us – they have been with us through thick and thin and they are helping us with this transition because we have just outgrown the space at our old location. They are outstanding event organizers and we are so lucky to still have them with us,” explained Kimber Lanning, Director of Local First. “We fully expect to have the same vibe, but this will allow us to include more food, more retail, more local beers and wines – it will just be the next step for us to grow an already successful event.”
Voted “Best Free Festival” in 2011’s New Times Best Of Phoenix awards, this family-friendly festival has a street fair atmosphere and has drawn upwards of 6,000 attendees in past years. The event is open to the public and will offer a variety of local businesses, restaurants, live music and children’s activities. Previous vendors include a variety of businesses that are unique to Arizona like Bookmans, Practical Art, Zia Records, Frances Boutique, Smeeks Candy Shop, Kidstop Toys, Pink House Boutique, Strawberry Hedgehog, Desert Song Yoga, Noble Beast Pet Boutique, Hubbard Family Swim School, Postino, Spinato’s Pizza, The Parlor, St. Francis, Urban Cookies, America’s Taco Shop, Changing Hands Bookstore, and Green New American Vegetarian. This year’s event will add a food truck court, an expanded beer and wine garden and more fun arts, crafts and games for kids. Live music will be provided by Arizona musicians and the first 500 attendees will receive gift bags. A raffle and silent auction will raise funds for Local First and will include stay-cation packages from around the state, free dinners and tickets to Valley-wide events.
The event historically has been a great place to get a jump start on holiday shopping, while attendees can enjoy some of the Valley’s best restaurants, breweries and wineries. Bring the whole family, there’s something for everyone!
What: 8th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival presented by Local First Arizona
When: Saturday, November 10, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Portland Place, on Portland Street between Third and Central Avenues, Downtown Phoenix
Cost: Free to attend. Admittance to Beer & Wine Garden is $10 which includes samples of a wide variety of Arizona beers & wines. Food will be available for $1 or less.
The best thing about Greater Downtown Phoenix isn’t just the fantastic food, great energy and friendly people, but the increasing diversity of local businesses that thrive there. Greater Downtown Phoenix increasingly says “local” with its great selection of restaurants, shops, places to go and things to do – and that includes music.
The Certified Local Fall Festival is happening this Saturday at the Duck and Decanter in Uptown, at 16th Street and Camelback.
The show is free and fun for the family and kids. It’s the perfect opportunity to soak up the last of Phoenix’s beautiful weather, check out the booths of local businesses, and drink a cup of coffee outside or beer if that’s your fancy. Beer and wine gardens will be set up.
The festival starts at 10 a.m. and goes until 4 p.m., featuring local solo artists and bands. The lineup includes Zachary James Dodds, Brian DeMarco, Tammy Patrick and the Merkin Wranglers, Terraplane Station, Adam Smith and Loose Cannons Blues Band.
Saturday night at the Crescent Ballroom, The Love Me Nots are playing for $10. Lead singer Nicole Laurenne is taking charge of the Crescent’s stage with her slick black boots and killer voice. You won’t want to miss her whip her straight hair back and forth as well as dance like there’s no tomorrow.
So you’d be able to support a local restaurant, show, festival, band and venue all in the span of one day.
Don’t you feel better already?