Get a taste of more than food at the second annual Taste of Oracle

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Local youth organizations used the Taste of Oracle event in 2012 to raise funds for activities. (John Hernandez photo)

By John Hernandez


The Tri-Community Visitors Center and the Oracle Women’s Network are hosting the Second Annual Taste of Oracle event on Oct. 12 from 1 – 5 p.m. The event will be held at the Village Square parking lot in front of the Tri Community Visitors Center.

The Taste of Oracle is an event to highlight the Tri-Community businesses of Oracle, Mammoth and San Manuel. It was the Taste of Oracle last year that allowed the Tri-Community Visitors Center to open. The profits made from the event go towards funding the Tri-Community Visitors Center and the Oracle Women’s Network (O.W.N.).

The mission of the Tri-Community Visitors Center is to “encourage residents and visitors to discover the beauty, art and amenities of the Tri-Communities.” The center provides information about local businesses and places to visit in Oracle, Mammoth, San Manuel and the surrounding areas. They provide maps of the area, brochures, and a community calendar. They help promote the area including the Copper Corridor. They greet visitors and answer questions from tourists about the communities.

The Visitors Center has had numerous people stop by including some from as far away as Germany and Austria. Visitors from Texas, Illinois, Kansas, Wyoming, Colorado, Iowa, and British Columbia have stopped by asking questions.

This year’s event will have more than food to offer. There will be entertainment including the music of Dr. John Huntington and Steve Priestle. Other entertainers have also been invited. Events and games for kids will be offered. Information booths from community organizations will be on the grounds as well as vendors offering arts and crafts as well as food. Food vendors lined up include kettle corn, shave ice, Patio Café, and shredded beef tacos. Charlotte’s Way Animal Rescue will have a pet adoption center and more set up. There will be an Avon booth and Oracle’s own Oro Creek winery will offer wine tasting and bottles of wine for sale.

Troy Letwak owner of Car Quest in Oracle and his new Recluse Customs bike shop will have his custom built motorcycle that won first place in the Radical Class of the Easy Riders Bike Show at the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally on display. This motorcycle also took second place in the Rat’s Hole Custom Bike Show in the Extreme Class at Sturgis, SD.

Vendors and information booths are still welcome. Food booths are $50 for a space; information and other booths are $25. For more information contact the Tri-Community Visitor Center at 520-896-2320 or The visitors center is open daily from 1 – 4 p.m. Volunteers are needed to staff the visitor center. If you are interested in the volunteer program contact Debi Pfaff at 520-400-5772. Don’t forget to visit their website at and like them on Facebook.

If You Go

From Florence, take Highway 79 south (towards Tucson). At the Junction of Highways 79 and 77, turn left, heading east on 77. Take the first entrance to the town of Oracle (American Avenue). Village Square will be on the right just across the street from Circle K.

From Superior, take Highway 177 south to the Junction of Highways 177 and 77. Turn right (towards Tucson). When you reach the town of Oracle, turn left on Rockliffe Blvd. Continue through the intersection of Rockliffe Blvd. and American Ave. onto Calle Futura. Village Square will be on your right.

From Globe, head south on Highway 77 (towards Tucson). When you reach the town of Oracle, turn left on Rockliffe Blvd. Continue through the intersection of Rockliffe Blvd. and American Ave. onto Calle Futura. Village Square will be on your right.

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