Foodie Events from Oct. 20-26: Whiskey tastings, Zumba & supporting homeless pets

The local fun continues to roll in on the Foodie calendar and it’s not about which event you should go to — it’s how many events you should attend. The answer is simple and it’s all of them, but that would be rather difficult to pull off. So, keep reading because there’s a lot to choose from this week.

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

Halloween Happenings

Check out our article Halloween 2022: Spooky food & beverage-themed events in Tucson.” We’ll update the list as even more ghoulish events pop up.

Women in Whiskey: The women of prohibition

Thursday, October 20 from 6 – 7:15 p.m.
2106 Forbes Blvd. #103

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If you’re interested in learning more about the art of tasting fine whiskeys, you’re incited to join Join Whiskey Del Bac’s Janna Hoffman. Janna will instruct on how to taste whiskey, sample Whiskey Del Bac’s expressions, and guide the conversation on the women during prohibition that created a movement. This event is for anyone — not just women.

Cost: $25. Purchase your ticket here.

20oct6:00 pm7:15 pmWomen in Whiskey: The Women of Prohibition6:00 pm - 7:15 pm Arizona Whiskey Del Bac

TUCSON CHINESE CHORIZO FESTIVAL

Friday, October 21 – Sunday, October 23
Multiple restaurants

If you missed out on the chorizo shenanigans last weekend, they’re back!

This weekend, savor dishes from the following restaurants:
  • Ceres Tucson
  • Charro Vida
  • El Charro Cafe
  • El Chinito Gordo
  • La Cocina
  • Penca Restaurante
  • Tucson Tamale market

For the full lineup and more information, check out our spicy article, “Tucson Chinese Chorizo Festival.”

CITY OF GASTRONOMY COCKTAIL CHALLENGE at the monica

Friday, October 21 from 5:30 – 9 p.m.
40 E. Congress St.

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In the words of Matt Sterner, “for those looking for a cocktail that’ll knock their socks off, keep scrolling.” The Monica is hosting an epic night of cocktails and fun. The following mixologists will be competing for your vote in order to win a cash prize and be named the winner.

Participating Mixologists
  • Donna Francis, Union Public House
  • Alfredo Aguilar, Zio Peppe
  • Luis Alcala, The Delta
  • Sherra Whittaker, Blue Willow
  • Carlos Rodriguez, PY Steakhouse
  • Katie Wisdom, The Parish

Cost: $75 per person.

For more information, check out our article, “Sip back & relax at the Tucson City of Gastronomy’s Cocktail Challenge.

19mar5:00 pm8:00 pmCocktail Challengecocktail tastings & hors d’oeuvres5:00 pm - 8:00 pm AZ The Carriage House

Gertie AND THE T.O. BOYS WAILA DANCE FUNDRAISER

Friday, October 21 at 7 p.m.
La Indita, 722 N. Stone Ave.

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If you’re looking for a sign to do something for a good cause and have a good time, this is it. La Indita is hosting a fall feast and fundraiser for the Tohono O’Odham school in Magdalena.

Cost: $20 per person. This includes admission and your ticket for food. Kids under 13 years old are free.

Support this wonderful cause to help keep the O’Odham culture alive!

21oct6:00 pmGurdie and the T.O. Boys Waila Dance Fundraiser6:00 pm Arizona La Indita

ZUMBA AND BRUNCH AT THE TUCSON MUSEUM OF ART AND HISTORIC BLOCK

Saturday, October 22 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
140 N. Main Ave,

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Zumba your way into the weekend!

Hosted at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block, this event is organized by  Cafe a la C’Art’s very own Sisco Razcon-Camacho, who is also a Zumba instructor. His younger brother Emmanuel, who also works the weekends at the cafe, dances with Sunnyside High Folklorico. The proceeds from the Zumba event will go to Emmanuel’s class.

Cost: $15 per person — what a deal! This includes an hour class led by multiple instructors, free entrance into the museum, and a free coffee or mimosa with brunch at the cafe.

22oct8:30 am10:00 amZumba and Brunch at the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block8:30 am - 10:00 am Arizona Tucson Museum of Art & Historic Block

MERCADITO DEL BARRIO

Saturday, October 22 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Galeria Mitotera, 1802 S. Fourth Ave.

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Mercaditos are back! Stop by for some tasty vegan and barbecue treats while starting your local Christmas shopping a bit early.

22oct1:00 pm4:00 pmMercadito del Barrio1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Arizona Galeria Mitotera

BARKS & BREWS AT BARRIO BREWING CO.

Sunday, October 23 from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
800 E. 16th St.
Barks & Brews (Photo by Cydney Mahieu)

Barks & Brews (Photo by Cydney Mahieu)

It’s a dog wash where you can drink beer and support a good cause. Here fur it!

Help Barrio Brewing collect some much-needed goods for our furry pals at the Pima Animal Care Center (PACC). For every 5 items donated, receive a beer nickel (limit 10 items donated). You can also contribute by bringing your pup to Barrio to be washed and the proceeds going towards helping PACC.

For more information, check out our article “Barks & Brews: Bubbly dog-washing event at Barrio Brewing Company.”

WHEN THE SOMM MAKES THE WINE TASTING

Sunday, October 23 from 2 – 2:45 p.m.
GEORGE Wine Shop, 5350 E. Broadway Boulevard, # 134

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If you haven’t had the opportunity to check out GEORGE Wine Shop, this Sunday would be a good time to check them out. They’ll be featuring a wine tasting with four wines made by world-renowned sommeliers.

Cost: $25 per person. Limited seats are available. Get tickets here.

23oct2:00 pm2:45 pmWhen the Somm Makes the Wine tasting2:00 pm - 2:45 pm Arizona George Wine Shop

HARVEST MOON CULTURAL FEST & MURAL UNVEILING

Sunday, October 23 from 4 – 9 p.m.
Old Town Artisans, 201 N. Court Ave.

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It’s going to be an evening of celebration and dancing with the Tohono O’odham Waila Bands Gertie & the T.O. Boyz, Papago Warrior, and classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala. They will be unveiling an interactive mural project by local artists Johanna Martinez, Luck Salway, and Serena Tang of Luxxarte Artists’ Collective.

Hear stories, songs, and lore from some of Southern Arizona’s Knowledge Keepers depicted in the murals from experts, historians, seed collectors, farmers, and artisans from all over our borderlands. Check out local vendors and sample local harvests with foods and offerings by native chefs here in Southern AZ and enjoy the cool vibe and history of Old Town Artisans’ courtyard.

Cost: $20 suggested donation at the door.

23oct4:00 pm9:00 pmHarvest Moon Cultural Fest & Mural Unveiling4:00 pm - 9:00 pm Arizona Old Town Artisans

RHONE WINE DINNER at Zona 78

Monday, October 24 at 6 p.m.
7301 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

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Join Zona 78 for a fabulous Rhone Wine Dinner where five courses and five wines await you. Call (520) 296-7878 to make your reservation today.

24oct6:00 pmRhone Wine Dinner6:00 pm Arizona Zona 78

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.

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