Tucson, Arizona (CNN) The Soul Food Festival in Tucson, Ariz., is known for its unique soul food — fried pork chops, chicken wings and rice balls.
And this weekend, the city is celebrating with a whole new culinary approach to soul food: a soul food festival that takes place on Sunday and Monday, August 13 and 14, as part of the Tucson Soul Food Tour.
“There’s a lot of soul food in Tucson that we don’t see at other restaurants, and we don.
So the Soul Food festival really is a way for people to meet each other and share their stories,” said Jennifer Leighton, a culinary professor at Arizona State University.”
This is a place that allows us to talk about our experiences with food, about what we love, and about the stories we tell each other.
And that is a really important thing.”
Leighton, along with her co-author, David Sosnowski, is the director of the Arizona Culinary Institute.
“The Soul Food tour is a collaborative effort between the Culinary Academy, Tucson Culinary Arts Center, the Tucson Culines Museum, and the Tucson Urban Arts Center,” Leighton said.
“We started in 2015 with the goal of creating an event that people can attend together and that they can have fun with,” Leightys co-chair of the Soul Foods Tour, Jennifer Sosny, said.
“It’s a really exciting event that we have to get this off the ground.”
Sosny says Soul Food is a great opportunity for young chefs and cooks to connect with each other, and he hopes to continue to make it a regular event.
“It’s an opportunity for people from all walks of life to come together and share with one another the experiences that they have, the love that they love, the stories that they tell and to share,” he said.
Sosnows family runs the SoulFoods restaurant in Tucson.
The SoulFood Festival is open to all ages, but the event is geared toward adults.
Sosnanowski said Soul Food has become a huge success with people from every walk of life, from seniors to kids.
“You see some of the younger people coming out, but also the older folks coming out,” he added.
“There’s so many people from so many different walks of the life who come out, and it’s a great way to meet people and get to know one another.”
Soul Food Festival: A Soul Food Guide to the SoulSoul Food festival is part of a three-day festival, the Soulfood Tour, that runs from August 13 to 14 at the Tucson Art Museum.
The festival is sponsored by the Tucson Tourism and Cultural Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the United Way of Arizona.
The Tucson Art Festival also sponsors the Tucson Cultural Arts Festival and Tucson Urban Art Festival.
Tucson Art Museum and Tucson Culina are sponsoring the Soul food festival.SOSNOWS FAMILY AND TURNER’S CREW: How the soulfood community connects to each otherTuczon Soul Food Tourism, the tour’s organizer, says it has helped bring together more than 500 local souls in the city.
“The SoulFood Tour is an opportunity to meet and share and connect with people in your community who are experiencing what we’re experiencing here at the Art Museum, which is a community of souls,” Leoney said.
For Leighton and Sosany, the event serves as an opportunity of sharing with each one of their friends, neighbors, and community members, which Sosnick said is important.
“A lot of people are looking for ways to get together and be part of something,” he explained.
“A lot people are curious about the food, the people that they’re talking to, and how they’re enjoying the food.”
“It allows us a chance to get out and see what’s going on around us, and to learn about what people have experienced,” Leonesaid.
“And we’re going to share that with other people who are looking to come out and share the experience with each another.”SOSNY: Soul Food can be a lot to stomachWhen the Soul Meat Festival started in 2012, Leighton says she was worried it would be a one-off, and that her husband and the rest of her family wouldn’t be able to make the trip.
“I was concerned that I wasn’t going to make enough money to take the family and go out there,” she said.
But Leighton was able to raise more than $400,000 to take it all to the next level.
“And that’s what the SoulMeat Tour is all about,” Leoneysaid.
The tour takes participants from one end of the country to the other.
“What we’re trying to do with this is create an opportunity in the world for people who aren’t familiar with the food to learn more about what is happening in Tucson,” Leesaid.Soul