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2nd annual Rock the Guac comes to The Camby Hotel

Calendars are starting to fill up with food festivals and the like with another just announced as Rock the Guac is scheduled on National Guacamole Day on September 16th at The Camby Hotel in Phoenix. 12 Phoenix area chefs will create their version of guacamole for guests to sample and celebrate the delicious food.

Rock the Guac
Matt Carter at last years event. All photos courtesy of Rock the Guac

Rock the Guac chefs

Rock the Guac is brought to us by the same people who brings us Arizona Taco Festival in mid-October. The 12 valley chefs preparing their guacamole for the friendly competition are….

Forest Hamrick- La Hacienda – 2016 Rock The Guac winner

Dushyant Singh- Artizen, Crafted American Kitchen & Bar at The Camby Hotel

Richard Hinojosa- CRUjiente Tacos

Aaron Pool- Gadzooks Enchiladas & Soup

Alex Stratta- Match at The FOUND:RE Phoenix

Mel Mecinas- Private Chef

Aaron May- Goodwood Tavern, Malibu Burger Co.

Jennifer Russo- The Market by Jennifer’s

Fidencio Alatriste- Toro Latin Restaurant

Laura Gonzalez- Taqueria Centro

George Alatriste- The Mission

Beau MacMillan- Elements

Get Tickets

The event starts at 6p.m. and tickets are only available online for $40 in which each guest has unlimited guacamole, 2 drink tickets for margaritas and beer, a taco station hosted by The Camby.  If you’ve ever been to the Arizona Taco Festival then you know there will be plenty of fun and live entertainment on this lively evening. Tickets available here.

Part of the proceeds from Rock the Guac will be donated to Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona, a non-profit which heals homeless and abused children thought art and expression.

 

Save the Date(s)….lots of events and festivals for foodies in coming months…here’s a list

Summer is slowly coming to an end as kids return to school, the Cardinals take the field and your hearing how Pumpkin Porters & Pumpkin Spiced lattes are only weeks from being available for your consumption. With the cooling weather comes many food and drink related festivals, dinners, release parties and other events, enough to make one’s head spin.
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Here is list of a few events that should be on your calendar(in no particular order)……

7th Annual Arizona Taco Festival at Salt Rive Fields. Sat & Sun. October October 15th & 16th starting at 11am. $12 online http://aztacofestival.com/

Wine Country Brunch at The Camby in Phoenix– Sun. September 25th. $65 for more information & tickets http://www.scottsdalefest.org/2016wcb

C-CAP’s 3rd Annual Harvest Moon Feast– Mon. November 14th. Desert Foothills Barn in Scottsdale. $150 http://www.ccapaz.org/

Rockin’ Taco Street Festival in Chandler– Sat. Septeber 15th. Starts at 12 noon $8. http://www.rockintacoaz.com/

SanTan Brewing Co. Oktoberfest, Sat. October 1st, 3pm $12 http://www.santanoktoberfest.com/

2nd Annual Phoenix Pizza Festival– Sat. Nov. 19th Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix 11am- 5pm $10 http://www.phoenix.pizza/

Spectator Sips wine dinner at Quintessence at The Farm at South Mtn. Wed. Sept. 28th at 6:30 pm $89++ http://www.qatthefarm.com/page/upcoming-events/

Exploring Vinaigrettes & Specialty Oils at vomFass Scottsdale (at The Waterfront). Sat Aug. 27th 11am $25 www.scottsdale.vomfassusa.com

Make a Wish and Sip for a Cause at Sorso Wine Room in Scottsdale at Scottsdale Quarter. Sat. Aug 28th 11am-10pm. All day Happy Hour. http://www.sorsowineroom.com/

Love & Tacos…….Get married at a taco festival.


Affordable Food Festivals, LLC, has announced the start of a seven-week contest to win an actual wedding at the upcoming Arizona Taco Festival (Oct. 20-21 at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale). The contest invites couples to create a one-minute video expressing why they deserve a fun “taco wedding” at the Fest, with the winner receiving a full ceremony and 50-person reception on the second day of the Arizona Taco Festival—October 21, 2012.

Sponsored by Arizona Weddings Magazine, the ceremony will take place on the main stage and include all the bells and whistles—officiant, décor, music, vow exchange, photographer, and perhaps the most important element: the ceremonial stomping of the tortilla chips. Also included is reception for 50 people that will include a cake, flowers, catered food, hosted bar, and entertainment. Thousands of event attendees will be there to cheer on the newlyweds.

Founders of the Arizona Taco Festival have long been drawn to the catchphrase: “Love & Tacos,” a popular slogan on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and other taco paraphernalia. While planning the upcoming 3rd Annual Arizona Taco Festival, they decided to take the phrase literally, and add a wedding to the weekend festivities.“We’re calling it ‘Wedding Fantastico,’ and we believe this ceremony will amp up the already festive vibe of the taco fest,” says AFF founder, Rick Phillips.

Arizona Weddings is helping to secure wedding components. “So far, we’ve arranged for photography by Jeff Janke, a prominent wedding photographer who’s looking forward to this colorful affair,” says Kristina Celik, Director of Marketing & Promotions for Arizona Weddings Magazine. “This contest not only gives great exposure for our advertisers, but it’s a fun and fresh idea. Our initial call for entries went out today, and I’m excited to see who enters this contest. The videos should be hilarious!”

Interested contestants simply film a video with anything from a smart phone to a professional camera and link their video to the Festival Facebook page (at www.facebook.com/ArizonaTacoFestival). The deadline for entering is September 20th, 2012. The video with the most “Likes” by September 28th will win the ceremony. A full gallery of videos will also appear on www.aztacofestival.com on September 21. Entry forms, rules, and other details can be found at http://aztacofestival.com/wedding/