What does it mean to eat in a world of increasing environmental extremes? Explore this question at Emerge Festival 2022: Eating at the Edges. Bring your hands, noses and mouths — they are critical tools! This year’s festival explores our relationship with food and what that will look like in a future with severe environmental challenges. Together, we will think and taste our way through asking what alternative forms of food production, distribution and consumption we should consider to build a more inclusive, equitable and delicious culinary world.


The festival will be hosted at ASU’s Mix Center and Mesa Arts Center. Featured experiences include food art installations, food researchers, food trucks/vendors, live music and entertainment, Mesa Arts Center’s MABEL (Mobile Arts Based Engagement Lab), a Bountiful Future Food Feast art installation made from ceramics, interactive art activities and more.


Emerge is a FREE annual art, science and technology festival that explores our creative agency and scientific responsibility for our possible futures. The day-long festival will take place at the ASU MIX Center and Mesa Arts Center.  Learn more at emerge.asu.edu.

Food art installations

Delicious Food by Amigos AZ, Antojitos Del Mar, Fried Joint and Don Fito’s Taqueris.

Live musical entertainment by Sophie & Alex Dorsten, One Way Sky, Vaughn Willis & Ear Candy and Gustavo Angeles Band.

Mesa Arts Center’s MABEL

Lightning/Rapid Talks at 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM

Feast your ears on the live music lineup!

Mesa Arts Center – Alliance Pavilion Stage


Sophie & Alex Dorsten 

12:00 – 1:00 PM


One Way Sky


1:30 – 2:30 PM

Vaughn Willis and Ear Candy


3:00 – 3:45 PM

4:00 – 4:45 PM

Gustavo Angeles Band


5:15 – 6:00 PM

6:15 – 7:00 PM


Ted Talks style brief presentations sharing the speakers’ perspectives on The Future of Food.


12:30 PM      Maria Parra Cano, Food Forest Cooperative

1:30 PM        Mark Schnepf, Schnepf Farms


Emerge 2022 is presented by Arizona State University in partnership with Mesa Arts Center and Leonardo, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology.