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TUCSON, AZ (April 1st, 2015) – Living Streets Alliance and Heirloom Farmers Markets are thrilled to announce the 2015 Presenting Sponsor of the Tucson Tandem weekend: Banner — University Medical Center.

Taking place Saturday, April 18th with the Heirloom Farmers Markets’ Viva la Local Food Festival and Sunday, April 19th with Living Streets Alliance’s Cyclovia Tucson, the “Tucson Tandem” is a full weekend of fun celebrating joyous local food and five miles of car-free city streets for vibrant, active public space.

Christina Geare, Marketing Manager for the newly merged Banner — University Medical Center says, “just like Banner — University Medical Center, the Tucson Tandem weekend promotes community, health and wellness, active living and sustainability – all of which are fundamental to the mission of Banner University Medical Center as a partner in the Tucson community.”

The Viva La Local Food Festival showcases more than 25 of Tucson’s top restaurants, 80+ farmers market vendors, local beer and wine, and live, local music on the East Field at Rillito Park. Admission
is $6, and kids under age 12 enter free. Festival goers can shop Baja Arizona’s finest farmers market and conveniently store their fresh purchases at the complimentary Veggie Valet before exploring the mecca of restaurants. With all plates, wines, and beers priced at $5 each, the event encourages attendees to sample and share a wide variety of culinary offerings while enjoying a festive atmosphere complete with live music. For those who choose to ride their bike to the festival, conveniently located along The Loop shared-use path, Living Streets Alliance will provide complimentary, full-service bike valet, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing.

Then, on Sunday, April 19th, Living Streets Alliance presents Cyclovia Tucson. The popular biannual “open streets” event gives people from the greater Tucson region the chance to enjoy great weather, see neighbors, friends and people from throughout the area, and get a little exercise – all on city streets that are closed to car traffic and open to walkers, joggers, cyclists, skaters and all other forms of people-powered movement. In 2014, more than 50,000 people attended one of two Cyclovia events held in different locations around the Tucson metro area. There is no official start or end to the Cyclovia route and participants are encouraged to access the event from any point along the five-mile loop route. Dozens of free activities, entertainment, food trucks, live music, and DJs line the route providing a little bit of something for everyone. Bring the entire family and explore your city!

Coming in Fall 2015, save the date for another great Tucson Tandem weekend presented by Banner University Medical Center – October 31st and November 1st, when Viva La Local Fall and Cyclovia Tucson pair up once again for another fun-filled, family-friendly weekend.


For more information on Viva La Local Food Festival, visit www.vivalalocalfoodfest.com

For more information on Banner University Medical Center, visit www.uahealth.com