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Kansas Tourism - 2023 Kansas Media Event

August 30-31, 2023


Welcome to the 2023 Kansas Tourism Media Event in Wichita, Kansas! #KSMediaEvent2023

We are excited to host you in Wichita, the Heart of the Country. Our vibrant city radiates friendliness and ingenuity as the Air Capital of the World. Here, we're all heart, and all are welcome. From the passionate locals you meet at the 50-plus museums and attractions to the 1,200-plus eateries, kindness and energy will greet you at every turn.

Schedule for Aug. 30

10 a.m. to noon | Kansas Tourism Media Event

Be a part of immersive experiences at the Visit Wichita booth from White Crow Cider Company, Cocoa Dolce Chocolates and artist Delilah Reed, owner of The Loud Cicada.

Noon | Lunch

1 to 4:45 p.m. | Visit Wichita Tours

Taste and See tours at Prost in Revolutsia, Mark Arts and Cleveland Corner

Walking tour at Revolutsia and tasting at Prost

Revolutsia is a revelation of great food and art. Try a bierock, pastry sandwich filled with savory fillings, at Prost – the best German food in Wichita. Sample the German beer while you’re at it! Enjoy a guided walking tour of the art collective concept to learn about the unique, locally owned shops and stop in The Loud Cicada to pick up a goodie bag from owner Delilah Reed.

Mark Arts tour and culinary experience

 Mark Arts is a vibrant regional arts hub. The studio provides art instruction, a culinary teaching kitchen, outdoor sculpture area plus so much more. Upon arrival, attendees will be given a brief overview and tour and will then make their way to the culinary kitchen to sample several iconic flavors of Wichita. Food writer and instructor Joe Stumpe will whip up several items and include group participation.

Cleveland Corner tour and tasting at Viola’s Pantry

Discover Cleveland Corner and the locally owned businesses thriving there. Get a taste of the Old World at Viola’s Pantry, an Italian eatery and market. Sample handcrafted cookie, focaccia and local coffee. Then explore the products made by local artisans at The Workroom and the other Cleveland Corner businesses.

5:30 p.m. | Meet in lobby to depart for opening reception

6 to 8:30 p.m. | Opening Reception at Tanganyika Wildlife Park

Enjoy dinner, drinks and wildly different animal encounters at Tanganyika Wildlife Park, an exotic attraction located just west of Wichita.

The park features once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to interact with wildlife. It boasts the third largest animal collection in Kansas and is one of the largest attractions in the state. Tanganyika has been given the Humane Certified seal of approval; meaning the care and welfare of the animals meet American Humane’s certification standards. It is the first facility in Kansas and only one of 17 in the world to receive this seal of approval. It is the first family-owned facility to receive the certification. There are more than 40 exhibits featuring 10 interactive stations, over 400 animals and 37 successful breeding programs. 

Schedule for Aug. 31

Kansas Tourism will take you on an agritourism tour to highlight the different ag-attractions in South Central Kansas.

8:15 to 11 a.m. | Morning Tour

Go on a tour to see the state flower in bloom at Kansas Maze Sunflower Field. Have your camera ready to capture 16-plus acres of beautiful sunflowers. Bus departs the Drury Hotel at 8:15 a.m.

11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Winery Tour and Lunch

Enjoy an authentic winery experience at Grace Hill Winery. You'll go on a tour and enjoy lunch at this peaceful and picturesque winery just north of Wichita.

1 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Afternoon Tours

First up this afternoon is a tour at Lazy Moon Ranch, which will include painting with animals. After exploring the ranch, head back to Wichita to tour RISE Farms, one of the largest rooftop urban farms in the Midwest located on top of the RISE Car Park in downtown Wichita. For the final afternoon tour stop, walk to GROW Giesen Plant Shop/Botanic, a boutique plant shop located on the ground level of RISE Care Park. Enjoy botanical cocktails and experience GROW's DIY terrarium and plant bar.

6:10 to 9:30 p.m. | Dinner and Reception & Keeper of the Plains Lighting

Enjoy fresh and local dining in the heart of Old Town at Public. They partner with various local and regional farmers and vendors, such as RISE Farms, to offer delicious and eclectic menu items. At 8:15, the bus will leave for the Drury Hotel and the group will walk along the Arkansas River path (a 15-minute walk each way) to the iconic Keeper of the Plains to watch the nightly "Ring of Fire." 

There's a Lot to Do Here

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