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Phoestival of Health to Debut at Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market
By Erica Shipione - Wednesday Mar 27, 2024
From the minds behind the beloved holiday market, Phoestivus, Community Food Connections (CFC), in collaboration with the Phoenix Bioscience Core (PBC), is excited to announce a free, family-friendly event, "Phoestival of Health." The new event is set to take place on Saturday, April 13, 2024, from 8 AM to 1 PM at the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market location.

During regular farmers market hours, the Phoestival of Health will offer a diverse range of activities and attractions throughout morning and afternoon, followed by a ticketed dinner experience in the evening. Attractions include cooking demos, engaging presentations by experts covering topics ranging from sustainability and nutrition to health and wellness. Attendees can also partake in STEM activities with the Arizona Science Center and interact with an array of health vendors, in addition to the familiar farmers market lineup. A Vitalant blood drive will also be organized onsite to give attendees the opportunity to participate in donating to the local blood donation center.

"We are thrilled to collaborate on this event with our partner, the Phoenix Bioscience Core,” says Samantha Jackson, President of the Board of Directors at CFC. “There is such an impressive array of research, entrepreneurial exploration and wellness initiatives happening here. The Phoestival of Health is our first opportunity to harness the innovation of PBC with the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market. We know that fresh food plus good healthcare leads to an ideal lifestyle.”

As the sun sets, the celebration of health will continue with the “For the Health of it Community Dinner,” a ticketed, four-course educational culinary experience benefitting the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market. The dinner beginning at 6 p.m. will start with a community happy hour and live entertainment. Guests can expect to be accompanied at their dinner table by a nutrition coach, a student from ASU, NAU, University of Arizona or Maricopa Community College studying to become health professionals, who will guide you through each dish and be there to answer any questions surrounding health and wellness.

“The Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market is a vital component of Phoenix Bioscience Core’s ecosystem,” says Scarlett Spring, Executive Director at PBC. “This entire day is a tremendous opportunity for our cutting-edge researchers and health educators to put their science on display to inspire community members from across the state with new ideas and examples of how to apply health to their lives on a daily basis.”

To purchase tickets for the ‘For the Health of it Community Dinner,’ visit

The Phoestival of Health is a free event and open to the public with donations to Community Food Connections accepted at points of entry. For more information on the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market, visit

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024
Time: 8 a.m – 1 p.m.
Location: Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market
720 N 5th Street Phoenix, AZ 85004

About Community Food Connections:
The Downtown Phoenix Farmers’ Market (DPFM) is operated by a nonprofit organization called Community Food Connections, Inc. (CFC). The organization was established by a group of local citizens in 2005 to support small farms, food access, and sustainable food systems. CFC has operated the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market, formerly called the Phoenix Public Market or the Open-Air Market, for nearly two decades, making it one of the longest running markets in Maricopa County. DPFM is one of the only farmers markets in Arizona which operates as a nonprofit. It’s an important distinction because the revenues earned by CFC are regenerative, returning to the Market to continue outreach efforts, support our small farms and uplift local businesses.

About Phoenix Bioscience Core:
The Phoenix Bioscience Core is a proud sponsor of Community Food Connections and the Downtown Phoenix Farmers Market. The PBC represents the highest concentration of life science and health care researchers in the state of Arizona, creating the center of gravity between academic, translational and commercial life science research and development. The Phoenix Bioscience Core currently includes 1.7 million square foot of office, lab, academic and community space on 30 acres of land in downtown Phoenix. When it’s fully built out, the PBC will have more than 6 million square feet of developed space including flagship facilities such as the University of Arizona’s Center for Advanced Molecular and Immunological Therapies, as well as existing facilities including the Translational Genomics Research Institute, or TGen. Learn more at