• Harvest Dinner February 26, 2015
  • Celebrity Chef Hosea Rosenberg (Top Chef winner) - live cooking demos both days
  • Vegetable carving by Chef Ray Duey
  • Tanimura & Antle 'Toss It Up' Salad Bar
  • Recipe Box tasting event featuring homegrown Yuma restaurants - Saturday only,
    1p.m.- 3p.m.
  • Beer Garden
  • J.V. Smith 'Chop-Chop Challenge' cooking contests
  • Dole's Kids AG-tivities
  • Free farm animal petting zoo

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Thanks for coming!


Other dates to save for NEXT year:
Southwest Ag Summit Feb. 24 & 25
Harvest Dinner Feb. 25
Yuma Lettuce Days Feb. 27 & 28
 

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Lettuce Days at home "down on the farm"


Enjoy our 'feastival' at University of Arizona Yuma Ag Center


Yuma Lettuce Days has taken root in its new home.  For 2016, he annual "feastival" that celebrates the area's agricultural abundance will again take place at the University of Arizona's Yuma Agricultural Center (YAC), a working research farm in the Yuma Valley just west of town on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 27 & 28, 2016.

The Lettuce Days locaion is part of an expanded partnership between Yuma Visitors Bureau and the University of Arizona, explained YVB Executive Director Linda Morgan and YAC Director Dr. Kurt Nolte.

"Holding Lettuce Days in the middle of a real farm makes it even more authentic and unique," Morgan said. "It's all about offering "more" to festivalgoers.

"We have everything you love about Lettuce Days, like celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations, great entertainment, the giant salad bar, and the farmers market," she said. "But now we have more room, more parking, and more 'farm stuff' to see & do ."

Download a directional map to help you get there!

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Many thanks to our 2015 celebrity chef

Hosea Rosenberg of Boulder, Colorado
Winner of Bravo's Top Chef in Season 5

Chef Hosea Rosenberg of Boulder, Colo., will be the headline chef for the next Yuma Lettuce Days, set for Feb. 28 & March 1. An annual culinary celebration of Yuma’s role as the nation's winter vegetable capital, Lettuce Days won a Governor's Tourism Award as one of the state’s best special events.

Rosenberg, the winner of Bravo’s "Top Chef" competition in season five, just last month opened his new Blackbelly Market in Boulder, a venture that combines a new farm-focused restaurant and bar with his fine thriving catering business, and introduces a butcher shop, salumeria, deli counter and market selling house-made goodies to take home, all showcasing fresh ingredients.

That makes him a “natural” for Yuma, which during the winter months supplies more than 90 percent of North America’s leafy vegetables.

“I m thrilled to be cooking at Yuma Lettuce Days,” Rosenberg said. “It is extremely important to me as a chef to know where my food comes from. It is a way to connect not only to my customers, but to my suppliers as well.” 

“It will be a treat to be surrounded by such a vital agricultural area and a place that feeds so many of our citizens,” he added. Yuma County ranks third in the nation for vegetable production, and its annual agricultural output of more than $3.2 billion accounts for more than a third of the total for the state of Arizona.

Originally from Taos, N.M., Rosenberg realized he wanted to become a chef while studying to be an astronomer.  After graduating from the University of Colorado with a B.S. in engineering physics, he worked his way up through a variety of professional kitchens, landing his first chef position in 2001. In addition to his Top Chef accolades, he’s been named Best Chef of the Denver International Wine Festival, guest chef at the James Beard House, and seven-time winner of the Flatiron Chef Competition.
 

At Lettuce Days, Rosenberg will do two live cooking demonstrations each day – with some lucky audience members getting a chance to taste what he whips up on stage.

** Find your way to the cooking stage with this handy festival map **


 

Thanks to our 2015 Lettuce Days Sponsors:

     
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 Westmore Electric 
Yuma
 Nursery Supply
 

Would you like to be a sponsor in 2016?
Call Linda Morgan at 928-376-0100 or email linda@visityuma.com 


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Yuma Lettuce Days
February 27 & 28, 2016
Yuma, Arizona
U of A Yuma Agricultural Center, 6485 W. 8th St.