GrazefestPasture-raised foods have gained popularity, finding their way into high-end eateries and homes alike. Some of the folks responsible for producing those foods locally will be on hand with samples and information from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, March 7, at the Oro Valley Farmers' Market (11000 N. La Cañada Drive). The event takes place again from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, March 8, at the Tucson Farmers' Market at St. Philip's Plaza (4380 N. Campbell Ave.). Call 918-9811, or visit the Farmers' Market Web site for more information.
Wine, Whiskey and ArtGoodfellas, Café Paraiso, Espresso Art, Vila Thai and a number of other nearby businesses double as art galleries when the Vila Art Foundation and Main Gate Square team up for the First Thursday Art Walk from 6 to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 5. Enjoy live music by the Carnivaleros and the UA Percussion Club, or help out with a public mural between Dunkin' Donuts and Silver Mine Subs. You'll likely be parched, so head down to Vila Thai for a $5 wine tasting, or the Auld Dubliner Pub and Restaurant for a whiskey-tasting that'll only cost you a penny. Main Gate Square is located on University Boulevard between Park and Euclid avenues. Call 622-8613 for more information.
Irish Stew Cook-OffGet a jump on the St. Patrick's Day revelry with an Irish stew cook-off on the patio of Maynards Market and Kitchen (400 N. Toole Ave.) from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, March 8. $10 buys you a place at the tasting and a plate full of corned beef, soda bread and dessert. Guinness, Smithwick's and Kilt Lifter will be available for purchase, and organizer John Flanagan promises live Irish music. Call 623-9922, or visit the Tucson St. Patrick's Day Web site for more info. Check next week's column for more info on St. Patrick's Day festivities.
Pizza for PetsA percentage of all sales made at Eclectic Pizza on Wednesday, March 11, will benefit the ACTion for Animals fundraiser, which helps raise money for numerous pet-friendly programs. Eclectic Pizza is located at 7065 E. Tanque Verde Road. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., daily; 886-0484.