Downtown Chandler gettin’ ready to host 8th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest

It’s now August which means the metro Phoenix food festival calendar is starting to fill up. One of the first festivals of the season on September 14th is the 8th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest. Once again downtown Chandler’s Dr. A.J. Chandler Park hosts the day long event.

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All photos courtesy of Claire Natale at Evolve Public Relations

Over a dozen local restaurants and food trucks including Ghett Yo Taco, Taco Chiwas and Willie’s Taco Joint will be serving up tacos and more. Festival goers will enjoy cold beverages such beer Micheladas, margaritas and fresh fruit frescas.

“The Rockin’ Taco Street Fest is one of our most popular signature events that we produce,” said Landon Evans, owner of HDE Agency. “We strive to build our community style events to be the best Arizona has to offer with activations that enhance the attendee’s experience. We look to reach 15,000 at this year’s celebration.”

Live music, eating competitions, a car show, wrestling and more will keep festival goers entertained for the 9-hour event. The family friendly event goes from 12:00 – 9:00 p.m. and will have a Kid’s Zone. “While the food is a featured element at Rockin’ Taco Street Fest, we strive to create an experience for our attendees,” said Evans. “We have a bit of something for everyone whether it’s shopping, refreshing drinks, food aficionados, great entertainment and the list keeps going.”

Taco Street Fest donates and tickets

The 8th Annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest will donate a portion of the proceeds to the Junior Achievement of Arizona. The local non-profit helps young people gain knowledge and skills to be an economic success as they plan for their future. They also help to educate them to make smart academic and financial decisions.

Tickets for the festival are available online. Starting today those looking to save money sponsors Food City and Basha’s are selling 50% off tickets until September 14th. Kids under 12 are FREE. Dr. A.J Chandler Park is at 178 E. Commonwealth Ave. chandler.

Tacos Chiwas Pop Up Dinner at Bitter & Twisted on July 31st

Bitt & twist 0a3541bf-7839-409a-aa70-4df87822a338Take a new and very popular taco restaurant and combine it with the Asian specialties and signature cocktails of one of Phoenix’s most respected cocktail parlours and what do you get……a Pop Up dinner with Bitter & Twisted hosting Tacos Chiwas on Sunday July 31st at 5:30pm. The menu is inspired and will be prepared by Taco Chiwas husband & wife owners Armando Hernadez & Nadia Holguin and Bitter & Twisted’s executive chef Bob Tam who will bring his Asian inspirations to the 8+ (lucky number in Chinese culture) course menu. Cocktails will be available a la carte with specialty cocktails created just for the evenings dinner.

The Mexican & Asian menu is as follows….

Snack
shrimp cracker, green chili guac, salsa webona
Sopa de Chacales
dried corn, tomato, asadero, onion
Tempura Flounder Taco
lemon, avocado, salsa verde, pico, cotija
Pipian Rojo
carne seca, pumpkin seed sauce, steamed jasmine rice
Xinjiang Lamb Gordita
potatoes, cilantro, garlic chives, cheese curds, crema
Betelnut Rajales Eggrolls
pork belly, caramelized onion + hatch chilies, asadero, smoked pepper, mojo verde

Dumplings Course

Tinga DE POLLO Bao
smoky pulled chicken, avocado, crema, lettuce, queso fresco, pickles, chinese steamed bun
TACO-CHIWAS Baked Fried Rice Casserole
carne asada, hatch chili, asadero cheese, fried rice, green chili mac + cheese sauce, crisp tortilla

Dessert
H. K. milk tea flan
coco passion mango paleta con tajin

The cost for this is all inclusive (except cocktails) for $58.88 and can be purchased https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chiwas-chino-dinner-tickets-26356853057?aff=efbnreg
Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour is at 1 W. Jefferson St. (Jefferson & Central) Phoenix 85003 602-340-1924 www.bitterandtwistedaz.com