Feast, Drink & Sway to the Arizona Farm & Food Festival Rhythm

October 29, 2018
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By Jackie Tran
By Jackie Tran

The event features over 40 chef menus and pairings.

01jan12:00 am12:00 am12:00 am - 12:00 am(GMT-07:00)

Experience local food culture from the farm to the table at the Arizona Farm & Food Festival from 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 10.

The event at the AVA Amphitheater hosted by Casino Del Sol and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance will allow guests to connect with local farms, food artisans, experts, chefs, and advocacy organizations.

Activity Highlights

  • Food & Menu Samplings from over 35 chefs
  • Beer, wine, libation pairings, and samples
  • Farmer and Growers Pavilion
  • Kids Corral
  • Live cooking demos
  • Culinary activities and interactions
  • Food education
  • Farmers market with growers and purveyors
  • Distributors and retailers focused on local and sustainable foods
  • Non-profit and advocacy organizations dedicated to strengthening our local food system
  • Chef book signings

General admission tickets, $35 in advance or $40 at the gate, include access to the event, activities, and food samples from participating chefs & purveyors. Children 12 and under are free.

Enhanced admission tickets, $50 in advance or $55 at the gate, includes all general admission benefits along with 10 wine, beer, and spirit samplings.

Arizona Farm & Food Festival (Photo courtesy of SAACA)
Arizona Farm & Food Festival (Photo courtesy of SAACA)


  • Button Brew House
  • Dragoon Brewing Co.
  • Dillinger Brewing Company
  • Dulce Vida Tequila
  • Elgin Distillery
  • Grand Canyon Brewing Co.
  • Hamilton Distillers
  • Huss Brewing Co.
  • Iron Johns Brewing Co.
  • Pillsbury Wine Company
  • PRP International
  • Pueblo Vida Brewing Company
  • Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila
  • Three Wells Distilling Company

Live Entertainment

  • Kevin Pakulis Band
  • Begaye Trio
  • Troy Gray
  • Jamie O’Brien
  • Jacob Acosta
  • Live Painting by Judith Gary

Special Exhibitors

  • Compost Cats
  • Double G Alpacas
  • The Garden Kitchen
  • Heirloom Farmers Market
  • Local First Arizona
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe – Department of Language and Culture
  • Top Knot Farms
  • Tucson City of Gastronomy
  • Tucson CSA
  • Tucson Foodie
  • Tucson Quilt Project
Arizona Farm & Food Festival (Photo courtesy of SAACA)
Arizona Farm & Food Festival (Photo courtesy of SAACA)

Restaurants, Purveyors, and Highlighted Items

  • Angie’s Kick Ass Salsa
    • Gourmet Salsa – over 20 fresh ingredients for every batch of salsa
  • Apple Creek Farms
    • Lavender Lemonade – a refreshing and delicate lavender lemonade
  • BOCA Tacos y Tequila is partnering up with Reds Roasters and Grand Canyon Brewing Co.
    • Taco – slowly smoked beef with a beer reduction and a roasted Chile sauce, served with samples of Grand Canyon Brewery beer
  • BrushFire BBQ Co. is partnering up with Button Brew House
    • Chiltepín Smoked Brisket – mesquite-smoked beef brisket brined with Button Brew Chiltepín Red beer, served with samples of Button Brew House beer
  • Casino Del Sol is partnering up with Double Creek Ranch and High Energy Agriculture
    • Pastramied Chuck Roast Sliders – Anne’s kraut, house-made parker roll, horseradish-mustard
  • Casino Del Sol is partnering up with Barrio Bread partnering up with Covilli Brand Organics
    • Covilli Apple Butter – stewed and caramelized Arizona Apples smeared over Barrio Bread with apple salad
  • Casino Del Sol is partnering up with Pascua Yaqui Tribe Department of Language and Culture and Youth Group
    • Three Sisters Soup – native beans, corn, and squash
  • Charro Steak is partnering up with Che West Tortillas and Forbes Meat Co.
    • Taste the Market Tacos – chorizo topped over flavor-infused tortillas
  • Chef Chic is partnering up with Hamilton Distillers
    • Dorado Pork Belly Waffle – Dorado chili glazed pork belly over a potato, cheddar, bacon waffle with Dorado maple syrup, served with samples of Whiskey Del Bac Dorado Mesquite Smoked
Arizona Farm & Food Festival (Photo courtesy of SAACA)
Arizona Farm & Food Festival (Photo courtesy of SAACA)
  • Cielos at The Lodge On The Desert is partnering up with Dos Manos Apiaries
    • Arizona Toast – Arizona fig toast, Dos Manos Honey, local pecan, blue cheese and cranberry on Barrio Bread, served with prosecco
  • Commoner & Co. is partnering up with Summit Nut Company
    • Chef Nottingham’s Pistachio Pasta– house pasta, Spanish romesco, sauteed shrimp, local vegetables
  • Corazon Cafe & Catering is partnering up with Black Mesa Ranch
    • Menu to be announced
  • #drunkencocktails is partnering up with Three Wells Distilling Company
    • Bloody Mary – #drunkencocktails’ Bloody Mary mix with Three Wells Distilling vodka
  • The Gallery Golf Club is partnering up with Agritopia and Pueblo Vida Brewing Company
    • Spicy Pork Belly Slider with Majool Date Jam– grilled pork belly on a brioche bun with a sweet date jam spread, served with Pueblo Vida Brewing Company beer
  • The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol is partnering up with Pillsbury Wine Company and Arbuckles Coffee Roasters
    • Mango Tea Rubbed Pork Belly with Ginger Congee, Pickled Beet Relish – served with wine from Pillsbury Wine Company
  • The Grill at Quail Creek is partnering up with E & R Pork
    • Asian Pulled Pork Asian – pulled pork, wonton, jicama slaw
  • GRINGO Grill + Cantina is partnering up with Delgados Food Service and San Xaviers Cooperative Association
    • Native Fry Bread of Tohono O’odham– native fry bread with cholla bud pico de gallo, cactus syrup and tepary bean hummus
  • Gypsy Caravan, LLC. is partnering up with Presta Coffee Roasters
    • Menu to be announced
Arizona Farm & Food Festival (Photo courtesy of SAACA)
Arizona Farm & Food Festival (Photo courtesy of SAACA)
  • Heirlooms Farmers Market is featuring Taste of the Farmers Market
    • Samples and products from local vendors around Southern Arizona including Southwinds Farms, Robbs Family Farm, Chochise Family Farms, Wild Child Gardens, Sleeping Frog Farms, Sunflower Sprouts & Superfoods, English Family Fruit Farms, Fiore Di Capra Goat Cheese, Southwest Bee Supply, Tortilleria Arevalo, We Be Jamin’ Farm, Durazo’s Poco Loco Salsa, Breadsmith, Bajo Tierra Kitchen, Cafe Francais
  • Jonathan’s Cork is partnering up with Top Knot Farms and Shamrock Foods
    • Duck and Chicken Liver Pate– puree of chicken and duck liver with shallots, mushrooms, and a splash of cognac
  • JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa partnering up with White Lion Tea
    • Cranberry & Hibiscus Tea Tres Leches – Citron cake with cranberry and hibiscus crema, cranberry compote, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings, served with samples of cranberry hibiscus tea
  • Kingfisher is partnering up with Iron Johns Brewing Co.
    • Beer-Battered Prawns
  • Lemony’s Fermented Foods is partnering up with Fermented Tea Company
    • Purple Rain Sweet Rolls – sourdough sweet bread with floral accents of lady earl grey, bergamot, lavender, and jasmine. topped with a kefir frosting infused with hints of lavender, served with Purple Rain kombucha and Purple Haze CBD Hemp Kombucha
  • Loews Ventana Canyon Resort partnering up with Pivot Produce
    • Apples – mesquite smoked apple pie, acorn flour streusel, served with fresh pressed apple cocktail
  • Maynard’s Market is partnering up with Merchant’s Garden AgroTech Inc.
    • Maynard’s Salad – Merchant’s Garden romaine, smoked trout, anchovy, egg yolk
Arizona Farm & Food Festival (Photo courtesy of SAACA)
Arizona Farm & Food Festival (Photo courtesy of SAACA)
  • Navigreat Fine Food Company
    • Samples from local Arizona food manufacturers – wide selection of olives, olive oil, and Arizona grown dates, dozens of Arizona food products in retail-ready packaging
  • Nook partnering up with Huss Brewing Co.
    • Mole Meatball – sweet and spicy mole meatball made and paired with Koffee Kolsch
    • Blueberry Scone – fresh and flaky blueberry scones with the light and creamy Orange Blossom, served with Huss Papago Orange Blossom
  • Pima Community College Hospitality Leadership is partnering up with Ramona Farms
    • Pequeño Tepary Bean Tamale – mini Tepary bean tamal served with local verdolagas, whole Tepary bean, queso fresco
    • Pequeño Sugar Pumpkin Tamale – sugar calabaza tamal with picoso apricot chamoy
  • [POPPED] Artisan Popcorn is partnering up with SEED FOOD Seasonings
    • Truffle Artisan Popcorn – Artisan Popcorn featuring Truffle Finishing Seasoning by SEED FOOD Seasonings, plus Molé Negro Pretzels featuring Molé Seasoning by SEED FOOD Seasoning and Prickly Pear Artisan Popcorn
  • Prep & Pastry is partnering up with Hayden Flour Mills
    • Hayden Mill French Toast – Hayden Mill brioche, candied nuts, macerated berries, and chia whipped butter, served with rose petal mimosa
  • PRP International
    • Varieties of wine
  • Queen Ceviche is partnering up with Arevalos Farm
    • Frijol Mechudo – Arevalos Farm’s own genetic creation, “Frijol Mechudo” organic dry bean served refried with locally-made, non-GMO corn chips, Queen Ceviche salsas, and cotija Mexican cheese
  • Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink is partnering up with 5 Sons Ranch and Dillinger Brewing Company
    • Local Polenta with Local Lamb Sugo – freshly milled polenta with braised 5 Sons Ranch lamb paired with Serrano Seduction beer by Dillinger Brewing Company
  • Rigo’s Restaurant is partnering up with Larry’s Veggies
    • Menu to be announced
  • Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila
    • Food pairing with tequila tasting – mango with silver, aged sharp cheddar with reposado, dark chocolate and orange with añejo
  • Seis Kitchen is partnering up with Dragoon Brewing Co.
    • Braised Barbacoa Taco – taco with Arizona-grown beef barbacoa braised in Dragoon’s Session Stronghold beer, served with Dragoon Stronghold Session Beer
  • Ten55 Brewing and Sausage House are partnering up with Forbes Meat Co.
    • Porchetta Sausage with Pickled Nopales and Spaghetti Squash Slaw – a herbaceous Tuscan style pork sausage with hints of citrus and chiltepin along with crisp pickled nopales and spaghetti squash vinegar slaw with golden raisins and toasted pepita seeds
  • Yellow Brick Coffee is partnering up with Elgin Distillery
    • Caffeinated Cocktails – hand-crafted coffee cocktails made with locally roasted coffee and Arizona Distilled liquor, served with samples of Nitro Cold Brew, hot coffee, and spirits

AVA Amphitheater at Casino Del Sol, 5655 W. Valencia Rd. For more information, visit saaca.org.

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Jackie Tran is a Tucson-based food writer, photographer, culinary educator, and owner-chef of the food truck Tran’s Fats. Although he is best known locally for his work for Tucson Foodie, his work has also appeared in publications such as Bon...

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