Nov. 10-11: Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off at Tumbleweed Ranch

BY Jess Harter Friday, November 10, 2017

ChandlerChuckwagonCookOffThe eighth annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off – a celebration of 1880s-era Old West chuck wagons – takes place 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, and 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler.

“Visitors are taken back in time for a rare, up-close look at the Old West with chuck wagon competitors wearing period dress, using equipment and cooking methods as if they were on an 1880s cattle drive,” says Jody Crago, administrator at Chandler Museum. “This is a culinary experience unlike any other that will attract foodies and history buffs alike.”

The event takes place at Tumbleweed Ranch, a space with historic structures and farm equipment located within Tumbleweed Park. Parking, admission and activities at the family-friendly festival are free. You only have to pay for food and drink.

Highlights include a Dutch oven cooking competition Saturday, a junior cook-off Friday, cooking demos both days, interactive exhibits, a marshmallow-roasting campfire, and live entertainment.

The weekend’s most popular event is Saturday’s chuck wagon lunch, prepared by the cookoff competitors. For $15, you can meat, potatoes, beans, bread, and dessert. Tickets go on sale that morning and sell out within 30 minutes.

New this year is a second Saturday lunch option: A catered chuck wagon-style lunch in a shaded dining tent for $20 per person. These tickets will be available in advance, and proceeds benefit the Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch.

Other firsts this year include a farmers market on Friday and a partnership with music producer Valley Fever to provide live country and western music both days.

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