Fall usually means the return of food and drink festivals to metro Phoenix after long, hot Arizona summers. After many events were canceled and postponed over the last 18 months due to the pandemic, this year, the return of food festivals feels monumental.
If the thing you missed most during quarantine was milling around a sunny field, sampling bites and sips from different local vendors, this fall should be fun.
The coronavirus pandemic is not over, and the delta variant, a highly contagious version of the disease, is spreading in Arizona.
These food festivals are outside, which health experts say is safer than dining indoors, though it is important to continue to follow updated safety recommendations from the CDC when making your decisions.
With health recommendations changing frequently and many festivals being postponed, be sure to check individual event websites for the most up-to-date information.
If you’re ready to hit the pavement — or the field — to sample tacos, pizza slices, beers and more, these food and drink festivals are happening this fall around metro Phoenix.
Food and drink events in September
Rockin’ Taco Street Fest (Sept. 25)
Scottsdale’s giant Arizona Taco Festival isn’t the only option in town for fans of tortillas and toppings. On Sept. 25, downtown Chandler’s Dr. AJ Chandler Park is set to transform into a taco-topia. In past years, the festival has included taco vendors, food trucks and lucha libre wrestlers. Presale tickets are now available online.
Details: 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. rockintacoaz.com.
Food and drink events in October
Margarita, Mojito, Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival (Oct. 2)
The seventh year of the Margarita, Mojito, Craft Beer & Food Truck Festival is scheduled to take over Riverview Park in Mesa for an evening of fun based around four things worth celebrating. The event is family and dog friendly and will include live music, food and craft vendors. For more details, check the event’s social media page.
Details: 2100 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Mesa. facebook.com/events/1613658858.
Phoenix Greek Festival (Oct. 8-10)
This year, the Phoenix Greek Festival celebrates 60 years of championing Greek history, culture, music and food. Located at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the Biltmore area, the festival is scheduled to include a selection of Greek foods, a grocery market, pop-up shops selling jewelry, clothes and artwork, live bands and daily dance lessons. The festival runs Oct. 8-10. Find more details online.
Details: 1973 E. Maryland Ave., Phoenix. phoenixgreekfestival.org.
Canceled: Four Peaks Tempe Oktoberfest (Oct. 8-10)
According to event producers, the 49th annual Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake has been officially canceled due to the current situation surrounding the delta variant, potential local government restrictions and the financial burden to produce the event.
A fall favorite is canceled:Four Peaks Oktoberfest in Tempe is canceled for 2021.
Wickenburg Oktoberfest (Oct. 16)
For those who live in the west Valley, heading to Wickenburg to celebrate Oktoberfest is a convenient option. Organized by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, Wickenburg Oktoberfest is celebrating its first event this year and will host more than 15 beverage producers from around the state. Some Phoenix favorites include Walter Station Brewing Co., Simple Machine Brewing Co. and O.H.S.O. Brewery and Distillery. Lawn games and live music are also on the schedule. Check online for more details and tickets.
Details: Stone Park,164 E. Apache Street, Wickenburg. chooseazbrews.com/wickenburg-oktoberfest.
Canceled: Arizona Taco Festival (Oct. 23 – 24)
Due to the increase in COVID numbers and the risks posed by the delta variant, the Arizona Taco Festival is postponed until April 2022.
No chihuahua pageant this year:Arizona Taco Festival is canceled. Here’s why, what to expect for 2022
Schnepf Farms Pumpkin and Chili Party (October)
This fall fest takes over Schnepf Farms in Queen Creek for the entire month of October. From the first until Halloween, celebrate all things fall with rides, two corn mazes, mini golf, a petting zoo, pig races, live music and more. Tickets include access to most attractions, but food and pumpkins are extra. Details on tickets and a full list of attractions are available online.
Details: 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek. pumpkinandchiliparty.com.
Food and drinks events in November
Arizona Bao and Dumpling Festival (Nov. 6)
The Arizona Bao and Dumpling Festival is back after a year of postponements and cancellation to celebrate Asian flavors wrapped up in nice little bundles. Located in Chandler’s Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, the festival will host vendors selling varieties of dumplings and bao buns stuffed with sweet and savory fillings. Tickets are for entry only, food and drinks will be sold by each vendor. The festival will also include lawn games and an artist marketplace. Find tickets and more info on the festival’s social media page.
Details: 3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler. facebook.com/events/409316430021245.
AZ Barrels, Bottles and Brews (Nov. 13)
Head back to Salt River Fields in November for the AZ Barrels, Bottles and Brews festival, which celebrates all things alcohol. Sample craft beer, spirits, wine and hard seltzers from more than 25 Arizona producers. Tickets include 12 samples. Food is extra and may be purchased from food trucks at the event. Find ticket information and event details online.
Details: 7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale. azbottlesandbrews.com.
Phoenix Pizza Festival (Nov. 13-14)
One of the Valley’s most well-known festival organizers David Tyda postponed the Phoenix Pizza Festival last year. This year, he’s brought it back. The festival will take over downtown Phoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park to celebrate all things cheesy, sliced and pepperoni-topped. Along with pizza, sold at $2 to $4 a slice, the event will include live music, lawn games, kid zone, cocktail vendors and desserts. Find more information and buy tickets online.
Details: 1202 N. Third Street, Phoenix. phoenix.pizza.
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