Sabores Sin Fronteras

Sabores Sin Fronteras is a egional, bi-national and multi-cultural alliance to document, celebrate and conserve farming and food folkways that span the U.S./Mexico borderlands from Texas and Tamaulipas on the east to Ambos Californias on the west.

We are proud to host the launch of this new collaborative in the proposed Santa Cruz Valley National Heritage Area not far from the international boundary between Sonora and Arizona, where the de Anza National Historical Trail meanders along the Santa Cruz floodplain.

Events will be bi-lingual, exploratory, interactive and informal (non-academic) in style, and will seek to elucidate and celebrate the farming, ranching, foraging and culinary traditions shared by individuals and communities on both sides of the international boundary. Farmers, ranchers, chefs, community cooks, rural historians, food journalists, borderlands food brokers and educators are warmly invited to participate in these events, and to becoming founding members of the alliance.

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Loosely modeled after the Southern Foodways Alliance (see links section below) and its Cornbread Nation publications out of Oxford, Mississippi, Sabores aims to bring together people like you who celebrate and work to preserve our local foods and foodways traditions.

The Sabores Sin Fronteras concept emerged out of a Winter 2008 retreat sponsored by the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona. The Southwest Center and its new “BorderLore Project” (documenting and celebrating a wide variety of folklore traditions in the region) will serve as the official home of Sabores. But the Alliance will not have a single hub. Rather, it will function through several workgroups, each dedicated to one of the following activities: 1) collaborative cross-border field studies and documentation; 2) culinary practices and agri-tourism; 3) publications (print, web, audio, video, etc.); and 4) events (symposia; food-related dance, music, and literary performances; festivals; hands-on workshops; etc.).

Much like the inspiring founders of the Southern Foodways Alliance, we believe that food and “time at the table” are inherently fun and festive and can open doors to shared experience and reconciliation.


_____________________________________________________________________________________________Recommended Links and Readings:

Sabores Staff

Gary Nabhan (see more information here)

Maribel Alvarez (see more information here)

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