Food festival season is starting to get ramped up as the summer slowly comes to an end. On of the first festivals is the 7th annual Rockin’ Taco Street Fest on Saturday September 15th in downtown Chandler.
This years festival hosts 20 restaurants and food vendors making more tacos than one can eat. Restaurants such as Las Palmas, Taco Guild and Nando’s Mexican Cafe are just a few restaurants breaking out the recipe book to create unique tacos. Specialty Poke tacos, cactus and Korean chicken tacos are a few of the non-traditional tacos being served up at the family friendly event.
More than just tacos
You can’t eat tacos for all 9 hours of the festival so entertainment from Santana cover band Evil Waze will take the stage. Metalachi, the world’s first and only mariachi heavy metal band will headline the festival.
A custom low-rider car show with In the Streets magazine will show off over 60 cars, bikes and trucks. Lucha libre wrestling and food eating contest will be going on throughout the day.
Get your tickets here
General admission tickets on-line are $10, $15 at the door with kids 12 and under free. The 21 years old + VIP tickets are $100 and available on-line only. VIP ticket holders get a private area, 6 alcoholic beverage tickets, catered food and shaded area.
The Tequila Tavern tickets are $30 on-line get you 10 tequila samples and unlimited chips and salsa.
A portion of the proceeds from the festival will be donated to the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. The non-profit DCCP mission is to use leadership and resources to promote the downtown Chandler area.
Americans are giving more gift cards as gifts for Hannukah & Christmas and local Phoenix area restaurants have caught on. Often restaurants will give free or additional gift cards to the purchaser depending on how many or how much the gift cards are worth.
No matter what type of food your family & friends like there’s bound to be a gift card for them on the list below.
For the New Yorker — Chompie’s
Put a little New York in someone’s stocking. When you buy $50 in Chompie’s gift through December 31, Chompie’s will give you a $10 gift card for free. The offer is good for cards purchased in-store only. The $10 gift card will be good to use after January 1, 2017. Chompie’s has been Arizona’s New York deli since 1979. There are five Valley locations in Glendale, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe and Chandler. www.chompies.com
For the Paris- Lover — The Crepe Club
Forget naughty or nice. With a gift card from The Crepe Club the question is savory or sweet. Through December 24,when you buy a $25 gift card from The Crepe Club, you’ll get a $5 card for yourself. The offer is valid in $25 increments so with a $50, you’ll get an additional $10 card, for $100, you’ll get a $20 card. The Crepe Club is located in the Biltmore Fashion Park. www.TheCrepeClub.com
For the spicy- Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
Enjoy a bonus gift on Z’Tejas this holiday season. Purchase a $50 gift card and receive a $10 bonus card. Better yet, purchase a $100 gift card and receive two $10 bonus cards. Bonus promotional cards expire December 31, 2016. Hurry in to your favorite Z’Tejas location to purchase a gift card. Visit www.ztejas.com
For the pizza lover- Grimaldi’s Pizzeria
It’s always better to get a head start on your holiday shopping and there is nothing quite like the gift of pizza for your friends and for yourself.
Grimaldi’s will be offering a Holiday Gift Card Promotion until December 26th. If you buy a $50 gift card you get a $10 gift card free, and if you buy a $100 gift card you get a $20 gift card for yourself! There is nothing more fun than getting a gift for someone else and getting a little something for yourself. You can purchase gift cards at your local Grimaldi’s or online at www.grimaldispizzeria.com.
For those on the run- Fired Pie
Until December 25th, buy a $25 gift card at any Fired Pie and get a $5 gift card to use January through March of 2017.
To find a location nearest you, visit www.firedpie.com. They have 15 locations in the valley and two in Tucson. A Mesa location is slated to open later this year
For the hungry- Miracle Mile Deli
Through December 31, Miracle Mile Deli offers a $20 gift card when you buy a $100 gift card. Miracle Mile Deli has been a staple in the Valley for 66 years. The locally-owned restaurant is located at 4433 N. 16th Street in Phoenix. http://www.miraclemiledeli.com
While many of us are focused on food, friends and football on Thanksgiving Day many more could care less about the turkey and all the trimmings and are anxiously waiting for Black Friday and Thanksgiving weekend for shopping, eating & family fun.
Below is a list of food and retail deals around Phoenix for Black Friday and the weekend that follows.
Nothing says Thanksgiving like pizza or salad! Get that early Black Friday shopping started out on a full stomach at Fired Pie’s Tanger Outlet location. On Thanksgiving Day Fired Pie at Tanger opens its doors at 6 p.m. and stays open straight through 10 p.m. Friday evening. The fast casual pizza and salad concept makes it easy to pop in and out no matter what your holiday plans are! While there, buy a gift card for $25 and get a $5 bounce back that’s good at any Fired Pie location January through March of 2017. http://www.Firedpie.com
If you’re a Black Friday shopper, you can check the coffee off your to-do list. The Crepe Club at the Biltmore Fashion Park will be offering a free cup of coffee with purchase on Friday, November 25. The Crepe Club will have free coffee for guests who purchase an item until 11 am. The restaurant has fresh-baked French pastries, sweet and savory crepes, sandwiches and salads.
The Crepe Club is on the west end of the Biltmore Fashion Park beside William Sonoma at 2502 E. Camelback Rd., #130. www.TheCrepeClub.com
Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill
Power up before hitting the stores with a festive, bold brunch at Z’Tejas at Fashion Square Mall. Opening early at 9:00a.m the expanded brunch menu features delicious new dishes including South of the Border Benedicts, Bananas Foster French Toast and Stuffed Breakfast Relleno. Brunch will be served on Black Friday from 9:00am – 12:00pm. For more information visit www.ztejas.com
Looking for a break from shopping, Uptown Alley is hosting some Turkey Day Weekend Specials to make sure the holiday weekend is one the whole family can enjoy!
You can get a game of bowling for four with shoes, 1 large topping pizza, 4 sodas, and $40 in-game play a $100 value all for $59! This is available on Thanksgiving from 4pm- close and then November 25th-27th from 11am-5pm. For more information visit www.uptownalleysurprise.com Uptown Alley is at 13525 N. Litchfield Road, Surprise, AZ 85379
Arizona Animal Welfare League:
The Arizona Animal Welfare League is hosting their “Fall in Love With Animals Camp” on November 25th. The camp is available for kids ages 8-12 and is $60 per child. AAWL is hosting this special one-day camp to help show kids how to give back to animals and the community. Kids will learn how to care for animals and the environment, backyard wildlife and how to enrich the lives of animals every day through crafts, games and animal interactions. The camp is at the education center at 15 N 40th Place, Phoenix, AZ 85034 and is from 9am-3pm. You can sign up for the camp at www.aawl.org/fallcamp2016.
Black Friday is the perfect time to get all your holiday gifts for your friends in need of some relaxation. At spa810 they are selling their Comfort and Joy package a $273 for $109. Enjoy everything from a 50 minute customized facial with a hydrating masque to a 50 minute massage with a sugar foot scrub! Call spa810, Scottsdale-Shea at (480) 588-6809 for more information visit www.spa810.com/scottsdale-she
The Melting Pot
Stop in to The Melting Pot after a long day of shopping for a delicious four-course fondue dinner at a steal of a deal! The Melting Pot Restaurants of Arizona are offering the below four-course meal for $29.95! You must request the specialty menu to get the promotion! For more information visit www.meltingpot.com. The menu will be available all Thanksgiving weekend from Friday November 25th– Sunday November 27th.
Cheddar • Spinach Artichoke • Featured Cheese Fondue Selection (ask your server)
Caesar • California • Featured Salad Selection (ask your server)
Pacific White Shrimp • Teriyaki-Marinated Sirloin • All-Natural Breast of Chicken • Spinach and Artichoke Ravioli
Yin Yang • Flaming Turtle • Featured Chocolate Fondue Selection (ask your server)