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Foodie Events from May 4 – 10: Star Wars Day, Cinco de Mayo & more

May 3, 2023
By Addie Ibarra
By Addie Ibarra

Do doo doo, do doo do, doo doo do — TEQUILA! That’s the theme of the week.

Between Star Wars shenanigans for May the Fourth (and Revenge of the Sixth for those who observe), Cinco de Mayo, and the Pueblos del Maiz, there’s a lot to get done this weekend. Buckle up, it’s going to be a fun one.

As always, don’t forget, you can always check out our Things to Do section on the website to check out what’s going on any day of the week.

Pueblos del Maiz

May 4 -7
Multiple Locations

On Thursday, May 4, the nonprofit Tucson City of Gastronomy (TCoG) will kick off the second annual month-long, bilingual festival to celebrate the gastronomies, histories, and food cultures of maíz (corn) in Tucson.

There’s a lot happening during this year’s event including a Maíz Showcase dinner featuring several local chefs, a Noche de Maiz Dinner (featuring more local chefs) at The Carriage House, and a Maiz Fiesta at Kennedy Park. You’ll need to get your tickets sooner than later for these dinners to ensure your spot at the table.

For more information and/or to purchase your tickets, check out our article here.

Star Wars Day / May the Fourth

Multiple Locations

On Thursday, May the 4th as in may the force be with you (iconic line), a few local restaurants and bars are teaming up to bring you Star Wars deals and space-themed parties.

Read all about it here.

More cool stuff

Cinco de Mayo

Multiple Locations

It’s time to celebrate Cinco De Mayo!

If you’re not sure how quite to celebrate it this year, there’s plenty of food, beer, bloody marys, and good old-fashioned family fun happening on Friday, May 5.

Read all about it here.


Friday, May 5 from 6 – 8 p.m.
Antsy Nancy, 5655 E. River Rd., #101

Enjoy a fun and festive cooking class focused on the spices and flavors from our neighbor south of the border.

Cooking Class Menu: 

  • Starter: Tableside Guacamole and Pico de Gallo served with Tortilla chips (hands-on student cooking)
  • Entree: Carne Asada Street Tacos and Street Corn (hands-on student cooking) served with flour and corn tortillas
  • Dessert: Churros (Instructor demonstration)

A “Best Ever” Margarita demonstration and tasting will be served with dinner for students 21 and over. Students are welcome to bring their own wine, beer, etc. to enjoy during class. Please review the BYOB policy for more details.

Cost: $75. Register here.


Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The Garden Kitchen, 2205 S. 4th Ave.

In this hands-on class, you’ll hone basic knife skills and practice the fundamental cuts–mince, dice, brunoise, bâtonnet, and julienne. You’ll practice how to cut a wide range of food items like a head of cabbage, delicate herbs, and onions, with practically no tears! You’ll also learn techniques for safety and keeping your knives maintained and sharp. Join to become more efficient and effective in the kitchen.

Cost: $55.00 per person; includes a light vegetarian lunch. This is an 18+ event. 

All proceeds from these classes go towards The Garden Kitchen’s free programming, empowering Pima County residents to build community wellness and make healthier choices through food, fitness, and gardening education.


Saturday, May 6 from 3 – 6 p.m.
The Cork Tucson, 6320 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

The Kentucky Derby is on Saturday, May 6th and The Cork is celebrating! They’ll be featuring Bar Specials, special bites, and even a Derby Hat contest for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to The Cork.


Tuesday, May 9 starting at 6 p.m.
Zio Peppe, 6502 E. Tanque Verde Rd.

Zio Peppe heads south for a spectacular selection of Mexican wines.

From lobster tamal to smoked mussels to lamb tongue dumplings, this menu is a can’t-miss affair.

Cost: $125. For more information and/or to make your reservation, visit opentable.com

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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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