5 October, 2022, 11:57

Free Food Festival at the Main Gate Square Culinary Challenge

The second annual free food festival takes place at the Marriott Tucson University Park Hotel once again.

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While most food festivals are great, the food always tastes better when it’s free.

Main Gate Square is hosting the second annual Main Gate Square Culinary Challenge, jam-packed with food tastings, drinks, and entertainment, from 7 – 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 21 at the Marriott Tucson University Park Hotel.

This year’s free event is extra special with Tucson Foodie’s head honcho, Adam Lehrman, hosting the battle between Main Gate Square’s best chefs and bartenders.

After trying samples, you’ll have the option to vote for your favorite restaurant, but the real winner is your stomach after it’s been filled with bites from all over Main Gate Square.

The Nathaniel Burnside Trio is also joining the party with a performance, on top of other prizes and entertainment. 

Main Gate Square Culinary Challenge Participants

  • Americano Mexicano
  • The Buffalo Spot
  • Caffe Luce Coffee Roasting Co.
  • Campus Candy
  • The Dutch Eatery & Refuge
  • Espresso Art Café
  • The Fix, Arizona’s Mac n Chz Headquarters
  • Frog and Firkin
  • Fuku Sushi Tucson
  • Gentle Ben’s
  • Geronimo Restaurant
  • Illegal Pete’s
  • Jimmy’s Pita & Poke
  • Kababeque Indian Grill
  • Tucson Marriott University Park
  • No Anchovies!
  • Panera Bread
  • Sinbads
  • Starbucks
  • Woops
  • More to TBA soon

This year’s judges include:

  • CJ Hamm of Saguaro Corners
  • Vanessa Bechtol of Visit Tucson
  • Mark Whittaker of Tucson Weekly and the Tucson Home Skillet blog
  • Andi Berlin from the Daily Star and This is Tucson
  • Greg Hundt, retired owner of the former Mutts restaurant

If you’re worried about parking, don’t be. The Tyndall Ave. Garage is free on Saturdays, and the Main Gate Square is right along the Tucson Streetcar’s path.

Main Gate Square is located at 841 E. University Blvd. For more Main Gate Square Culinary Challenge information, call (520) 622-8613 or visit maingatesquare.com.

At a very young age, Matt was gifted with the artistic ability to masterfully roll a burrito to the highest of standards.