We are proud to share the news that Tucson is included in Food & Wine’s list of Top Seven Up And Coming Food Cities in America.


Visit Tucson has been focused on our UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation for more than six years. This article follows in the wake of other feature stories recently included in top culinary publications in the U.S. and U.K. The article entitled “Little Sonora” was published online in the UK edition of National Geographic FOOD on January 2, 2022 as well as being included in the Winter 2021 print edition.  Another article entitled “Where to Eat in Tucson, Arizona’s Desert Jewel” was published online in Bon Appetit on February 18, 2022 and ran in the March 2022 print edition.


Food & Wine Editor in Chief Hunter Lewis said, “We celebrate our picks for the 11 American cities with the most dynamic and emergent food cultures. Each met the criteria with their creativity, innovation, diversity, and deliciousness. It’s an exciting time for food in our country, with places like Cincinnati, where a constellation of food entrepreneurs is spurring a renaissance (Who knew you could get both Lebanese-inspired chocolate-and-tahini cookies and Japanese-style coconut mochi doughnuts there?), and Tucson, where I recently ate my weight in tacos and filled a carry-on bag with Monsoon chocolate bars, pizza flour from Barrio Bread, and flour tortillas from Anita’s Street Market to take home.”


FOOD & WINE’s Next Great Food Cities 2022

7 Most Exciting Up-and-Coming Big Cities for Food Lovers

  • Boise, Idaho
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Jersey City, New Jersey
  • Omaha, Nebraska
  • Tucson, Arizona


For full reports on the people and culinary experiences that make each of these under-the-radar cities such remarkable food and drink destinations, visit https://www.foodandwine.com/travel/best-food-cities. Additionally, this article will run in the May 2022 print edition, available on April 22nd.