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Tucson Food Festivals: Chile, Beer, Culinary

Margarita championship at Tucson Culinary Festival
Margarita championship at Tucson Culinary Festival

Tucson restaurant news and food festivals


You wouldn’t know we’re in a recession because the festivals in Tucson just keep on coming.

Here’s a few and I’ll keep mentioning them as I know of them. If you know of some Tucson food or spirit festivals, please forward me the info at eat.tucson AT yahoo.com

Roasted Chile Festival – September 19
This Saturday, the Rincon Valley Farmers Market hosts the 8th Annual Roasted Chile Festival from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enjoy fresh roasted Arizona green chiles, live music, a beer garden, artisans, and much more.

Great Tucson Beer Festival – September 19
Wash your green chiles down at the beer festival which benefits Sun Sounds. If you can think ahead, buy your tickets in advance and save $10. If not, on the day of – tickets cost $60 for general admission and $90 for VIP admission. Admission gets you 100 samples of beer (please drink responsibly) and food sampling from 30 different restaurants plus live music.  The event is held at Hi Corbett Field from 1 to 10 p.m.; VIPs admitted from 5 p.m. Leave the dogs, kids, and anyone under 21 at home. I.D. required for admittance.

Tucson Culinary Festival – October 1-4
The Tucson Originals (Tucson’s independent restaurants) hosts four glorious days and nights of fabulous food sampling, renown winemakers, masterful mixologists, local chefs & authors, savoir-faire food personalities, and magical margaritas that all come together like a sublime mingling of ingredients to raise money for worthy causes. Check the schedule. Buy tickets online. Attend one or more events for a ravishingly delicious good time. See you there!  (photo credit: Alex Landeen)

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