Tucson, Arizona, has been named a City of Gastronomy in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Creative Cities Network.
Old Pueblo is one of 47 cities from 33 countries that are new members of the network. Other new members include Baghdad, Iraq, for literature; Kingston, Jamaica, for music; and Rome, Italy, for film.
There are only 116 cities worldwide that are members of the Creative Cities program; Tucson is one of just six Creative Cities in the United States, and it is the only one selected for Gastronomy. The Creative Cities program was established in 2004 to promote cooperation between cities for “sustainable urban development.”
“The UNESCO Creative Cities Network presents an opportunity for Tucson to be represented on the world stage,” Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild said in a news release. “Tucson is a destination city for people who love great food, and this confirms it.”