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Yuma Lettuce Days


Hungry for more? Mark your calendar to attend Yuma Lettuce Days (March 9-10, 2013), a homegrown festival with culinary flair that's earned a Governor's Tourism Award as the Arizona's best special event. Held at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park on the Colorado River, Lettuce Days features celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations and contests, red-hot ice carvers, a farmers' market and salad bar and a tasting event showcasing local restaurants. Shorter "windshield ag tours" of growing areas are also offered during Lettuce Days.

Chef Ben Ford

This year's Lettuce Days headliner is Chef Ben Ford, owner of Ford's Filling Station in Culver City, Calif. - and son of actor Harrison Ford. He told Lettuce Days organizers he remembers being in Yuma as a kid when his father was filming scenes for Star Wars: Return of the Jedi in the Imperial Sand Dunes, and is anxious to see how it's changed in nearly three decades.

As a chef and restaurateur, Ford is known for celebrating the cycle of life and freshness of the earth through his choice and treatment of ingredients - which Jordan said makes him a perfect match for "Yuma's amazing agricultural bounty."

Ford will do live cooking demonstrations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Also attending Lettuce Days this year will be radio personalities Bob & Sheri, whose North Carolina-based show is syndicated nationwide. They will participate in tasting and recipe judging and "meet and greet" their fans. More detailed information about Lettuce Days will be released soon and posted as it is available at

Throughout the winter months, Yuma also serves up an array of farmers markets and cooking classes, while local date groves offer the opportunity to sample Medjool dates, the "fruit of kings," in many forms, including the local delicacy, date milkshakes.

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