Foodie Events from September 15 – 21: Oktoberfest, roasted chiles & meatballs

September 14, 2022
By Addie Ibarra
By Addie Ibarra

This week, Oktoberfest is starting, Sonoran Restaurant Week is ending, and there’s plenty to eat, see, and drink in between.

Some exciting highlights include the following:

There’s a new beer that Borderlands is releasing, a collaboration between Las Hermanas, with support from Visit Tucson, the Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, Yakima Chief Hops, and Country Malt Group. There will be a Whiskey Del Bac pairing dinner as well as a Deep Sky Vineyards pairing dinner. The Downtown Clifton Hotel is kicking off Mexican Independence Day with a pop-up market and $8 margaritas, Palomas, and more.

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.

Sonoran Restaurant Week

Now – Sunday, September 18


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Hopefully, you’ve been following along with Tucson Foodie as we’ve worked to bring you all things Sonoran Restaurant Week. We’re in the home stretch of this gastronomic endeavor. Make your reservations and join us in closing out this year’s Sonoran Restaurant Week in true Tucson Foodie style.


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Beer is in the forecast for this weekend. Casa Marana, Omni Tucson National Resort, Catalina Brewing Company, and Dragoon Brewing Company are kicking off Oktoberfest celebrations this weekend, starting on Saturday, September 17.

Casa Marana will be featuring an Oktoberfest Market and stein-holding contest. The Omni will have live music, traditional German fare, plenty of beer, and so much more. Catalina Brewing will hold various raffles benefitting charities. Dragoon Brewing will be taking over Fourth Avenue with their pub crawl on Saturday evening.

Check out our recent article “Oktoberfest 2022: Stein holding contests, lederhosen & lots of beer for a growing list of all Oktoberfest events this month.

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Image provided by Heirloom Farmers Markets

Locals don’t have to cross state lines to satiate their Hatch chile cravings this chile season! Heirloom Farmers Markets’ 20th Annual Roasted Chile Festival is the perfect opportunity to celebrate, eat, and take home some of the best chiles in the country. With live music, local vendors, and the smell of freshly roasted chiles in the air, everyone can partake in chile season this year.

The celebration will take place Friday – Sunday at the Udall Park Farmers Market, Rincon Valley Farmers and Artisans Market, and Oro Valley Farmers Market. You can catch this event regardless of what side of town you’re on!

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Friday, September 16 starting at 11 a.m.
All El Charro locations
Image provided by El Charro Cafe

Party like it’s 1922! El Charro is celebrating its centennial at all El Charro Café locations from 11 a.m. until closing with food and drink specials.

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Friday, September 16 from 4 – 7 p.m.
4155 E. Grant Rd.
Image provided by The Shelter Cocktail Lounge

If you’re a cat purr-son, you’re not going to want to miss this.

The Hermitage Cat Shelter is celebrating 57 years of serving Tucson as the community’s first no-kill animal shelter and no-cage sanctuary. The Shelter Cocktail Lounge is helping with the festivities; they’ll be hosting a $10 dinner buffet in addition to donating 25% of their bar sales to help support the wonderful work the Hermitage Cat Shelter is doing.

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Friday, September 16 from 5 – 8 p.m.
119 E. Toole Ave.
Las Hermanas IPA at Borderlands Brewing Company (Photo courtesy of Borderlands Brewing Company)
Las Hermanas IPA at Borderlands Brewing Company (Photo courtesy of Borderlands Brewing Company)

Join Borderlands Brewing Company on Mexico’s Independence Day for a release party for the new West Coast IPA brewed by Las Hermanas, women brewers from Mexico! It’ll be a party like no other with live mariachi music

Check out our recent article, Las Hermanas’ Project: The love for great beer has no borders

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Saturday, September 17 at 5 p.m.
100 S. Avenida del Convento #150
Image provided by Whiskey Del Bac

Join Whiskey Del Bac co-founders Stephen and Amanda Paul at Agustin Kitchen for an exquisite pairing dinner. Enjoy dinner pairings such as braised oxtail with the Whiskey Del Bac Dorado, Presta coffee rubbed lamb lollipops paired with the Whiskey Del Bac Normandie, and more.

Cost: $120 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call (520) 398-5382 to reserve your spot.

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Sunday, September 18 from 5:30 – 8 p.m.
550 W. Orange Grove Rd.
Image provided by Arizona Winery Tours

Arizona Winery Tours proudly presents a “Food & Wine Pairing Dinner” featuring chef Adam of The Cafe in Sonoita and Deep Sky Vineyard. You can expect a delightful evening of good food with exquisite wine pairings with each course.

Cost: $139. Book your seat now.

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Tuesday, September 20 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
2700 E. Speedway Blvd.
Image provided by Flying Aprons Tucson

Join KVOI’s Chris DeSimone, who before becoming a broadcaster was a professional chef, and make Italian meatballs using beef, pork, caramelized onions, and spices. Also, you’ll prepare the marinara sauce for your sub sandwich topped with mozzarella cheese. Chicken, turkey, garlic, and feta cheese flavor the Greek version, along with creating the perfect accompaniment, tzatziki sauce, to slather on crispy bread.

Cost: $75. Register today.

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Also, if you’re looking for a weekend getaway near cooler temperatures, check out our article “Sippin’ your way around Sonoita-Elgin wine country.” We’ve basically got a window to Spain, Italy, and the south of France in our backyard without having to purchase a plane ticket; the perfect blend of good climate, striking views and sunsets, and plenty to do.

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Addie Ibarra, native Tucsonan, is a fierce lover of adventure, travels, and food. Addie has her Masters in Legal Studies and hopes to one day apply that towards helping people (and animals) around the globe, while traveling and tasting along...

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