• 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!


Now save the dates for NEXT year:
 

Feb. 24 & 25 > Southwest Ag Summit

Feb. 25 > Harvest Dinner

Feb. 27 & 28 > Yuma Lettuce Days

 



 
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Yuma Lettuce Days moves

"down on the farm"


Event to take place at University of Arizona Yuma Ag Center


Yuma Lettuce Days will sprout up "down on the farm" in 2015, the Yuma Visitors Bureau (YVB) announced in June.  The annual "feastival" that celebrates the area's agricultural abundance will take place Feb. 28 and March 1 at the University of Arizona's Yuma Agricultural Center (YAC), a working research farm in the Yuma Valley just west of town. (Lettuce help you get there - click on the maps tab!)

The venue change 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 will make it even more authentic and unique," Morgan said.

"With ongoing riverfront and downtown development, Lettuce Days was outgrowing its location at the Quartermaster Depot," Morgan said. 

"The move is all about offering "more" to festivalgoers, Morgan said.

"We'll still have everything you always loved about Lettuce Days, like celebrity chefs and cooking demonstrations, great entertainment, the giant salad bar, and the farmers market," she said. "But we'll have more room, more parking, and more real 'farm stuff' to see and do because we're bringing folks to the farm instead of bringing the farm to town."

She pointed out that the actual move is only a bit more than seven miles, or less than 15 minutes by car.

"Folks who come to Lettuce Days will still be close to historic downtown, the beautiful riverfront and great shopping, dining and hotels," Morgan said. "But now Lettuce Days will also give them a taste of country down on the farm."

Download a directional map to help you get there!

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Our headlining 2015 celebrity chef

Hosea Rosenberg, 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 **


 

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Yuma Lettuce Days
Feb. 28 & Mar. 1, 2015
Yuma, Arizona
U of A Yuma Agricultural Center, 6485 W. 8th St.