Art in the Park & Prickly Pear Cactus lemonade
It was the 50th Anniversary for Art in the Park. It's a super popular event in town, featuring 265+ booths with beautiful arts and crafts, children's art and activities, food, drink, and entertainment all in a beautiful park setting. Each year, I look forward to this event....
The girls and I traveled in style. We sported the bicycle and trailer to enjoy the morning and avoid parking & congestion hassles. It was awesome breezing by parked cars idling for parking spaces. We were among the first ones on the scene and so I was able to ride around the vendor's booths to get the lay of the land for about 20 minutes before the foot traffic got too thick -- then I walked the bicycle. Abi was able to stay awake & enjoy even though it was her nap time.
This painting is the only thing I really wanted -- and it probably cost more than everything else at the festival combined -- Muy expensivo, pero muy bonita! Anybody recognize the location of this painting?
The Menu Says:
"That's right! Cactus syrup and our Original lemonade! It's sweet and all natural! The prickly Pear syrup is imported from Arizona. (No artificial color added) The Kids love it!"
I ordered a large - thinking of our AZ bloggers - and was instantly struck by the bright pink color. "No artificial color?" I asked. And as proof she proudly held up a big glass dispenser revealing the deepest pink color I've seen. "Wow, can I take a photo of you with that?" I say. "Give me your camera." she says reaching for it to take mine instead...
She sang the praises of the prickly pear cactus, saying that it is naturally sweet and high in anti-oxidants. It is such a strong & vibrant color, like that of a pomegranate or cranberry - and it tasted very sweet and flavorful.
We continued on -- munching on popcorn, drinking lemonade and taking in all the original art.
I couldn't resist getting the girls aprons from one of the vendors. Liv choose the yellow one with the cat and the fiddle for herself, and the red with the cow jumping over the moon for Abi. They both love wearing them.