3 October, 2022, 02:40

Foodie Events from September 1 – 7: HOCO Fest, Neighborhood DWTN & Mezcal

Mercury must be in lemonade or something because we finally have a quiet week of events. Not to fret, if you’re still in town for the long Labor Day weekend there’ll still be plenty to do.

Don’t forget, you can check out our Events Directory for a full list of Foodie events happening this week and other upcoming things to do.


Thursday, September 1 – Sunday, September 4
311 E. Congress St.

Image provided by Hotel Congress

HOCO Fest is all weekend long and so is their happy hour! From 5 – 7 p.m. each day, enjoy drink specials and complimentary samples from their sponsors. The festival itself includes musical performances, DJ sets, panels and discussions, experimental after parties, daytime pool parties, regional vendors, art installations, food and beverage tastings, and of course, Sonoran Desert culture.

01sep5:00 pm04(sep 4)7:00 pmHOCO Fest Happy Hour5:00 pm - 7:00 pm (4) Arizona Hotel Congress


Thursday, September 1
3719 E. Speedway Blvd.

Image provided by Feast

Feast is excited to be serving a wine dinner featuring Zinfandel, all Zinfandel, and nothing but Zinfandel with Jerry Seps, owner/winemaker of Storybook Mountain Vineyards.

The menu will include savory items such as chicory and onion rubbed confit of duck thighs, white pepper-crusted short ribs, and koji-cured pork tenderloin — all served with Storybook Mountain Vineyards zinfandels.

Cost: $100 plus tax and gratuity. There are only 40 seats available and they’re going fast. Call (520) 326-9363 to make your reservation.

01sep6:00 pmStorybook Mountain Vineyards Dinner with Jerry SepsZinfandel, zinfandel, zinfandel6:00 pm Arizona Feast


Saturday, September 3 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
61 E. Congress St.
The Neighborhood DWTN

Photo courtesy of The Neighborhood DWTN on Instagram

The Neighborhood’s newest location has taken over the former H2O Discotec spot at 61 E. Congress St., and after weeks of hosting soft openings, the crew is ready for its official Grand Opening. They’ll be celebrating their grand opening this weekend by giving away free burgers to each person that comes in from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

To learn more about their new downtown spot, check out our recent article.

03sep11:00 am3:00 pmTHE NEIGHBORHOOD DWTN OFFICIAL GRAND OPENING11:00 am - 3:00 pm Arizona The Neighborhood DWTN


Saturday – Monday, September 3 – 5 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
2081 W. Hardy Rd.

Image provided by Apple Annie’s.

If you’re looking to get out of town, go apple picking. Apple Annie’s is continuing their Apple Harvest Celebration.

Start your day off with a visit to the Orchard Grill where you will find Apple Annie’s famous Pancake Breakfast from 8 – 10:30 a.m. Enjoy freshly made pancakes with hot apple topping or cider syrup. Enjoy a stroll to the orchards where you can take your pick of the best tree-ripened apples in Arizona. After making memories in the orchard taking pictures and picking apples, enjoy a freshly baked slice of our famous, homemade apple pie or apple crumb pie in the beautiful orchards.

27aug8:00 am3:00 pmApple Annie's Apple Harvest CelebrationAnnie’s Favorite!8:00 am - 3:00 pm Arizona Apple Annie's Orchard


Saturday, September 3rd from 5 – 7 p.m.
267 S. Avenida del Convento

Image provided by Westbound.

Swing by Westbound this Saturday 5 – 7 p.m. for a complementary mezcal tasting with Madre Mezcal — an artisanal mezcal made by hand in Oaxaca, Mexico. Looking for a little more? Join a workshop with our neighbors at Bloom Maven that begins with a tasting of Madre Mezcal at Westbound and includes a workshop on Cactus Potting at Bloom Maven.

03sep5:00 pm7:00 pmMadre Mezcal Tasting at Westbound!5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Arizona MSA Annex

TUCSON KNIFE FIGHT – semi-final round

Monday, September 5 at 8 p.m.
402 E. 9th St.

Image provided by Tucson Knife Fight

The Knife Fight semi-finals are going down! Join the ruckus at The Coronet this Monday, 9/5 as the chefs and bartenders fight it out.

05sep8:00 pmTucson Knife FightThere's about to be a... KNIFE FIGHT!8:00 pm Arizona The Coronet

Addie Ibarra, native Tucsonan, is a fierce lover of adventure, travels, and Star Wars. Her love of food and drink takes her to places far, far away.