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Food Forward Showcase

Celebrate Tucson's tasty innovation and new up-and-coming food entrepreneurs.


Cash prizes

Secret Judges will select a winner. Guests help select a People's Choice winner.

Local Food, Drink, and  Networking

Enjoy an evening connecting and (re)connecting with community noshing on local bites and drinks.

Exciting Unveiling

Be the first to get a sneak peek of an exciting new resource coming to Tucson. 

Celebrate the graduates

Meet the companies who have been hard at work in Startup Tucson's first ever food accelerator. 

Startup Tucson Food Accelerator


5:00pm - 6:30pm: Showcase

Meet the companies while you preview their booth, sample their products, and learn more about their exciting new businesses.


Submit your favorite companies to win a cash prize with a "People's Choice" award. Secret Judges will also be selecting a cash prize winner!   

6:30pm - 8:00pm: Reception

Evening networking reception. With brief programming to include opening remarks, program graduation, exciting announcements, and the winners of the cash prizes will be announced. 

Enjoy fully local treats, with beer from Ten55 Brewing Company, wine from the Sand Reckoner, and appetizers from the San Xavier Co-op! 

Meet Our Companies
5th Dimension Foods

We create products for people who want to feel and perform better - those that aim to thrive, not survive. The first product we offer is a healthy decadent chocolate-dipped superfood meal bar without sugar, grains, or common food allergens, for active people on the go. We aim to change the way you think about energy bars. Enjoy after your workout or with your morning cup of coffee. We will also be sampling un-cheesecakes as a healthy dessert alternative.

Ador Cuisine

Ador Cuisine provides elevated, client-customizable personal chef services. Our recent release of a limited series of 5 Gaia Sauces represents Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit elements and includes reduction, purée, coulis, and plant-based creams. These versatile, tantalizing sauces can be used individually or combined to create a unique flavor combination and elevate your home-dining experience at your convenience. The 5 Gaia Sauces will excite your palate, inspire your senses, and nourish your body and soul by taking your everyday menu from mundane to magical. 


Arev specializes in veganizing traditional recipes from Armenia, Russia, and other cultures. Our ready-to-eat yummy meals are perfect for both busy families and professionals. For a guilt-free, no-hassle dinner that the whole family will love, try our signature dish - colorful & tasty vegan dumplings.

Better Than Provisions

Better Than Provisions is a company dedicated to providing nutrient-packed, delicious snacks you can enjoy guilt-free, no matter your dietary lifestyle. We produce three fun and unique flavors of a 5 Nut Grain-Free Granola that’s gluten free, low carb, keto friendly, vegan friendly, and has no added sugar.

Coffee's Cousin

We make bottled teas for people who are looking for a caffeine alternative that leaves them cheerful and motivated, but not jittery. What we do differently is use Kratom, a powerful herb that is related to the coffee plant, but has a very different chemical profile. Our society is over-caffeinated, productive but anxious, and often lacks time to rejuvenate and reflect on our careers and lives. Our teas allow consumers to take a step back and enjoy a break from the rat race.

Desert Girls Boards, Boxes, & More

We curate unique, one-of-a kind edible tablescapes using premiums cheese, charcuterie, fruits, veggies and more for all occasions.

Dondi's Sweet Treats

Dondi's Sweet Treats is a premium non-dairy ice cream company that replicates the true sensory experience of real ice cream without dairy. We create a luxurious dessert experience for people who want or need to avoid dairy.  We use multiple bases to heighten the flavor profiles. 

Epic Foods Company

We make high-quality, gourmet condiments offering the customer a unique food experience. Our signature Spicy Table Peppers are perfect for foodies seeking to liven up a mundane meal.


At FoxCrow Farms, we grow and produce sustainable, local, and native foods, such as our Fresh-Roasted-Sugar Pumpkin Pie mix.  It's slow-roasted and naturally sweet, next level for your tastebuds, and infinitely gift-able. We offer a sweet treat  with a fresh take on an old favorite. 


We make handmade, small batch paletas using fresh fruit and all natural ingredients inspired by the culture and flavors of Tucson, the Sonoran Desert and Mexico. 

Le Cactus

We make delicious cactus drinks that provide convenient fiber without added sugar. It’s a product for anyone looking to lead a healthy lifestyle. We chose prickly pear cactus because it’s local, sustainable, and healthy; it has lots of fiber, low in carbs, and can help manage blood sugar. We want to make cactus the new kale. 

Sugar Rush

Sugar Rush is a small business offering unique cupcakes in a range of fresh modern flavors using heritage ingredients. We sell at farmers markets, special events, and online. We are a community oriented company and believe in the magic a cupcake can bring to any experience. 


We provide freshly-homemade plant-based protein shakes to support your health goals, even on the go. These nutritious and delicious shakes can be used as meal replacements for weight loss, muscle building, or just to get your essential nutrients throughout the day. We take pride in our clean ingredients: 0 cholesterol, 0 preservatives, natural, plant-based, dairy free, and soy free to assure our customer satisfaction.