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Food Forward Showcase

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

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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 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 - 7:30pm: 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 Pueblo Vida Brewing, wine from the Sand Reckoner, and appetizers!

Food Forward Showcase Spring 2023
Food Forward Showcase Spring 2023
May 25, 2023, 5:00 PM
Meet Our Companies

3 Empanadas

3 Empanadas is a take-and-make frozen product that brings classic Argentine flavors straight to your Tucson kitchen.

BattleBorn Coffee Roasters

We are a specialty coffee roaster in Tucson, AZ. We source our raw beans from small farms that don’t use pesticides and then handcraft each roast to bring out the best flavor of each origin. 

Cactus Water Sonoran Mixers

We create canned cocktail mixers that are inspired by the flavors of the Sonoran Desert. We combine local ingredients and flavors such as tamarind, hibiscus, chiltepin, and mesquite with more common fruits like raspberry, and mango as an example. Our mixers are non-alcoholic, but if the consumer wishes they can add our recommended spirits or one of their favorites to create a refreshing and delicious cocktail.

Good Pierogi

Frozen Polish dumplings and a traveling Eastern European pop up aiming to settle in Tucson. 

La Reina Hot Sauce

Born of one man's slightly desperate need to find a replacement for his favorite hot sauce, La Reina is our pandemic baby. La Reina Hot Sauce gives you the perfect balance of flavor and spice that you want, but without the embarrassing sweats.


Picositos takes some of your favorite candy and spices them up with a bit of chili. You get a spicy sweet combination that leaves your taste buds addicted and wanting more.

Shaman’s Way

Shaman's Way offers premium sacred plant extracts, unique shamanic blends, and focus-enhancing nootropics at wholesale prices. A percentage of every dollar you spend at Shaman's Way is donated to nonprofits fighting to stop overdoses in Tucson, AZ.

So. AZ Salsa Co.

So. AZ Salsa Co. is a local salsa manufacturer that produces a deli fresh regionally sourced salsa utilizing 5 ingredients or less.

Song & Sugar Sweets

I am an environmental educator turned baker, stiving to combine my love of nature with my love of all things sweet. At Song & Sugar Sweets, I focus on creating custom cakes, cupcakes, and cookies for guests to enjoy for any occasion. Through the use of high quality, fairly traded ingredients, along with my keen eye for detail, each dessert is guaranteed to taste as rich and decadent as it looks.

Sonora Factory Grill

Sonora Factory Grill is a drive through service that offers fast and authentic carne asada cooked by a special grill that mimics the sonoran style and can have your meal ready in a few minutes.

Stash's Juice Joint

Stash’s Juice Joint is a pop up company that provides fresh juices and tonics for the people.  Stash creates seasonal beverages, incorporating herbs and spices in every batch. 

Sweets Cakes & Treats

Sweets Cakes and Treats is a dessert shop. We provide a variety of comfort desserts, custom treats and cake jars. 

Supper Club

Supper Club is a meal delivery service for those who love good food, but need a break from cooking.  Each week's menu highlights the best of Tucson's local produce while incorporating flavors from around the world.  Our chef prepares 4-course meals (soup, salad, main with side, and dessert) and we deliver them right to our clients' front door, making gourmet dining at home easier and dare we say... more fun?

Tucson Citrus Company

Tucson Citrus Company uses local urban foraged grapefruit from backyard growers to create a delicious unique flavored marmalade. The not too sweet, not too tart flavor is an excellent topping for cream cheese, buttered toast, or just straight from the jar! Each jar helps support a healthy tree, grower, and customer ecosystem. 


Thank you to our sponsors!

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