SAVOR festival 2019 (Photo courtesy of Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance)

Foodie Events from Jan. 26 - Feb. 1: SAVOR, Boxyard's birthday & whole beef butchery

By Addie Ibarra
January 26, 2023

The last week of January offers many special treats: the kick-off to our Gem Show, the Boxyard's fourth anniversary weekend, and even a whole beef butcher class — just to name a few!

SAVOR festival 2019
SAVOR festival 2019 (Photo courtesy of Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance)

If you were fortunate enough to score tickets to the SAVOR Food & Wine Festival this weekend, come down to our area and say "hey!". If you weren't, we've got a slew of alternate things to do this weekend.

Remember, if you're looking for more exclusive events, check out Tucson Foodie 500 club to get the latest scoop (and discounts). Also, don’t forget to check out our Events Directory for a full list of upcoming Foodie events.


Thursday, January 26 - Saturday, January 28
The Boxyard, 238 N. Fourth Ave.
Patio at The Boxyard (Photo courtesy of The Boxyard on Instagram)
Patio at The Boxyard (Photo courtesy of The Boxyard on Instagram)

Join The Boxyard for its fourth anniversary three-day weekend. They’ll be having drink specials all day and live DJ music. On Saturday, they’ll have a vintage clothing pop-up by @zonasoles and @houseofthreadsaz.

Head down to Fourth Avenue for this three-day extravaganza!

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Thursday, January 26 from 5 - 7 p.m.
Tucson Tamale Company, 7286 N. Oracle Rd.
Image provided by Nossa Imports

An unconventional, but exceptional pairing: Tamales and wine!

Pop in for a Mexican wine and tamale tasting. Tucson Tamale Company has teamed up with Nossa Imports to bring you five Mexican wines paired with five premium tamales.

Cost: $10 entry fee will be donated to La Paloma Family Services.

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Thursday, January 26 at 5 p.m.
Flora's Market Run, 2513 E. Sixth St.
Flora's Market Run
Photo courtesy of Flora's Market Run
If you're feeling spicy on Thursday, check out Flora's! The restaurant is hosting a special chef’s dinner with a menu (see above) you won’t want to miss. Chef Anthony will take you through five courses with a special wine pairing for each course.
Cost: $150 per person. Space at this dinner is limited, call the market at (520) 771-9141 to reserve your spot.
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Friday, January 27 from 6 - 7 p.m.
Batch Cafe & Bar, 118 E. Congress St.

Celebrate Burns Night with Batch on Friday. Burns Nights is a celebration of the life and poetry of the poet Robert Burns, the author of many Scots poems. The suppers are normally held on or near the poet’s birthday, January 25, known as Burns Night.

Batch will feature a flight of various Johnnie Walker expressions, with a custom doughnut hole pairing.

Cost: $25. Limited tickets are available here.

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Friday, January 27 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Antsy Nancy, 5655 E River Rd. #101
Image provided by Antsy Nancy

Drop off the kiddos at Antsy Nancy and take yourself on a date night! Your kids will learn the wonderful Chinese tradition of making homemade dumplings — just in time for Chinese New Year. The dumplings will be paired with steamed white rice, edamame, and orange chicken and eaten (successfully?) with chopsticks.

After dinner, it’s time for popcorn and treats while we enjoy watching Disney’s animated film, Mulan.

Cost: $75. Register here.

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Saturday, January 28 from noon - 1 p.m.
Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Ln.
Image provided by Mission Garden: Friends of Tucson's Birthplace
Learn to cook Chinese vegetable dishes with chef Jin Ting Gow. This class will make vegetarian dishes with the kinds of vegetables Mission Garden grows in its Chinese Garden plot. The dishes will draw from crops such as bok choy, Chinese mustard, daikon radish, daikon greens, cilantro, snow peas, goji leaves, garlic chives, dried jujube, and winter melon.
Cost: $35 (includes admission to the garden). Sign up and purchase a ticket here. Enrollment is limited to just 20 people.


Sunday, January 29 from noon - 4 p.m.
Forbes Meat Company, 220 E. Broadway Blvd.
Forbes Meat Company
Photo courtesy of Forbes Meat Company on Facebook

Join Ben Forbes and his team as they teach their first-ever whole beef butchery class! All students will take home a box of beef and enjoy wine and charcuterie during the experience.

Cost: $300 per person, call the shop at (520) 474-2714 to reserve your spot.

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Monday, January 30 from 6 - 8 p.m.
Sand-Reckoner Vineyards Tasting Room, 510 N. Seventh Ave. #170
Roussanne at Sand-Reckoner (Credit: Jackie Tran)
Roussanne at Sand-Reckoner (Credit: Jackie Tran)

Swirl, sip, and sample your way into the week. In this workshop, you'll sip on five soon-to-be-released Sand-Reckoner wines while customizing and snacking on your charcuterie board.

You’ll taste five Sand-Reckoner varieties: A white, rosé, and three reds. Humble Board’s owner Emili Krzyzanowski will guide you on how to pair the meats, cheeses, condiments, fruits, and sweets to create divine flavor combinations and style your board so it’s beautifully put together; you’ll take home whatever is left.

Cost: $75. Purchase your ticket here.

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Monday, January 30 at 6 p.m.
Tucson Hop Shop, 3230 N. Dodge Blvd.
Image provided by Tucson Hop Shop

Tucson Hop Shop is hosting an Alpine Wine tasting with Maverick Beverage Co. featuring wines from Savoie, France. Cheers!

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Addie Ibarra, native Tucsonan, is a fierce lover of adventure, travels, and food. Addie has her Masters in Legal Studies...

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