Tucson: Who will be crowned Nacho King or Queen?

The Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival raises the bar on tailgating. Not only does the end of the year wrap up with the NOVA Home Loans Arizona Bowl but the pre-game experience is filled with family-friendly fun, and a chip to chip challenge as to who will crowned the next Nacho King or Nacho Queen? Wrapping up a national tour that made more than 100 stops this year alone, the Grammy-nominated Gin Blossoms will return to their native Arizona on December 30 to perform at the Desert Diamond Casino Tailgate Festival, the epic entertainment experience that will rally fans for
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Tucson New Years Eve Dining Plus

It’s that time of year when you’re either going to celebrate on New Year’s Eve or you’re going to hibernate. If you choose the former, here are some Tucson options as well as other holiday essentials: KINGFISHER BAR & GRILL  2564 E Grant Road ~ 520-323-7739 Christmas Eve: Kingfisher will be open – last seating at 8pm, serving from the dinner menu. Reservations suggested. New Year’s Eve: On New Year’s Eve – open for dinner from 5-11pm serving a special menu comprised of Kingfisher favorites and specials for the night. The Cochise County All-Stars featuring Amy Langely will perform from
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Tucson: Free Tamale Festival at Ava Amphitheater

Celebrate the rich tastes, smells and variations of tamales from the Southwest and Mexico at the 12th Annual Tucson Tamal & Heritage Festival. Held every year on the first Saturday of December, this festival has become a Tucson tradition, marking the beginning of the holiday season. It all happens on Saturday, December 3 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at AVA Amphitheater for this free, open to the public event. Enjoy live Tejano and mariachi bands, DJs, Azteca and Folklorico dancers; various artisan goods including jewelry, bead work, and art; farmers market vendors with t-shirts, soaps made of goats’ milk,
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Vegetarian, Vegan Friendsgiving at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED. Here’s a new take on Thanksgiving: Break bread with friends and farmers this holiday season. The Flying V’s award-winning chefs invite you to gather your neighbors and friends for a delicious vegetarian and vegan family style meal before Thanksgiving. The evening will kick off with an intimate reception with local farmers, showcasing the bounty of delicious produce grown locally this fall; prepared to perfection. Guests will then join together for a family style Friendsgiving feast featuring dishes like pumpkin mac n cheese, cornbread stuffing, twice baked acorn and chanterelles and cauliflower steak. Dessert stations featuring
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Tucson Eat Yourself, aMAZED in Willcox

It’s that time of year when our local global society puts their best feet forward to show Tucson’s diversity. Here’s everything you need to know about the 3-day Tucson Meet Yourself Festival happening around the Main Library in downtown Tucson and 5 new must-eat dishes to try courtesy of Andi Berlin at the Arizona Daily Star?  Spaghetti gelato, anyone? aMazed                                                                       If you can get to Willcox TONIGHT (Friday) from 5 to 6:30, you can roam Apple Annie’s 20-acre corn maze and find Coronado Vineyards wine tasting stations along the way. How fun! 21+ only. Admission is $20 when you purchase
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Yappy Hour for Tucson Greyhounds at Noble Hops

Dine at Noble Hops Gastropub on Monday, October 3 from 6 to 8 PM and 10% of the sales will be donated to Southern Arizona Greyhound Adoption. Meet the veterinarian and staff from Ina Road Animal Hospital, drink craft beers, eat some of the best gastropub grub in town (vegetarian and gluten-free is available too) and – ta-da — well behaved hounds are invited on the dog-friendly patio.                     Yes, live greyhound racing ended in Tucson on June 25th but SA Greys is still helping greyhounds who come from breeding farms and other race tracks. Come out and meet some greyhounds
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Tucson Pop-Up Ensenada Dinner at Carriage House

Special guest award winning Chef Diego Hernandez (pictured) from Ensenada, Mexico joins Janos Wilder for the fourth in a series of “DOWNTOWN’S Around the Globe- Cities of Gastronomy” cooking classes and pop up dinners at the Carriage House on Friday, October 7th at 5:30 pm. Class begins at 5:30 and includes demonstration and recipes followed by hors d’oeuvres, a five course dinner and beverages. Cost per person for the class and dinner is $80++.  Please sign up at the Carriage House. A trailblazing menu is planned featuring the signature ingredients from local Tucson and Ensenada, one of Tucson’s “sister” Cities
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Tucson Beer Brewed with Chiles Fundraiser for 4 Charities

Love this idea! Thirteen local craft breweries are coming together Thursday September 29 with specially crafted beers infused with chiles, chiltepin, chocolate (Hershey Bars!), mesquite and more for a special tasting that benefits four fab Tucson charities — Desert Harvesters, Native Seeds/SEARCH, Iskashitaa Refugee Network, and Trees for Tucson.  This is a yearlong collaboration with Edible Baja Arizona. The cost is $15 for 13 samples and all the money raised goes to the above. It all flows at Barrio Brewing Company is at 800 East 16th Street from 6 to 8 pm, just east of Armory Park. Tucson’s altruism, once
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Tucson: September 25 – Eat Greek, Eat Tucson Originals

What did Circle of Food miss? 40th Annual Tucson Greek Festival Opa! Lots of publicity about this event and it’s as crowded as ever. The fest ends today at 5 pm. Go for the food, the pastries, the music, the culture. Taste of Tucson Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tucson by Tucson Originals. Entry to the Taste of Tucson is completely FREE and food prices will be determined by each individual restaurant with 25% of the proceeds benefiting BBBS. It’s all happening from 11 am to 2 pm at Reid Park at the NW entrance near Country Club
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Phoenix: Sriracha Festival – Hot Stuff

Here’s a shout out for our neighbors to the north. This sounds like fun –#SrirachaFestAZ on September 24 from 6 to 11 pm at Heritage Square, 113 N. 6th Street, Phoenix, 85004. $5 from every ticket sale will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities Phoenix. Tickets cost $35 – $75/pp (pre-sale) or $55 – $110 (at the door). Enjoy endless food tastings, mixology contest, game area, live entertainment and more.   Sriracha is the condiment on every restaurant table. Sriracha is not as hot as a jalapeño. According to the Scoville scale, Sriracha only scores 1,000-2,200 points, where jalapeño peppers
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