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Pumpkin Patch, Scottsdale Living

Top 5 Things to Do in Scottsdale This Week

This weekend is all about getting outside and enjoying the fall weather! Here are some must-try/see events for this week and weekend. Don’t forget to share with us your photos of you enjoying these events with the hashtag #SL5 and follow us @scottsdaleliving on Instagram!

Oct. 17: Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks

An Arizona Cardinals football game, can appeal to a large spectrum of people from a die-hard fan or a family who is looking for an activity they can all enjoy together. This week the Cardinals host the Seattle Seahawks who are currently first in the NFC West. Even if your aren’t a football fanatic you will still enjoy the electric atmosphere. Before the game even starts, you can stop by The Great Lawn, which goes on for over 1,000 feet, where you will find Cardinals setting up their tailgates so they can get into game mode!

Location: University of Phoenix Stadium, 1 W. Cardinals Dr.,  Glendale

Time: 5:25 p.m.

Tickets: $40+

Oct. 17-20: The Great Pumpkin Festival

For four days, the Desert Botanical Garden will be home to the Great Pumpkin Festival. Guests will be able to participate in various fall-themed activities. Guests will be able to take a hayride out the the pumpkin patch, explore a hay bale maze, play some carnival games and admire all the animals at the petting zoo. The Great Pumpkin Festival is just the cost of admission to the garden and is free for children and members. Guests 12 and under also get a free pumpkin when they stop by the festival.

Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix

When: Thursday & Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Saturday & Sunday: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tickets: $8 to $18

More information at: dbg.org

October 19: Taste of Chandler

On Saturday you can enjoy craft beers, fine wines, spirits and gourmet food selections from more than 40 East Valley Restaurants at TASTE, Chandler’s Culinary Festival. TASTE is all about being local; it features various local business and restaurants and is benefiting local charities. Attendees will have access to unlimited samples from the restaurants while supplies last. Tickets are required for this event, but they come with 12 drink tickets.

Location: 2855 W. Queen Creek Rd., Chandler

21+ Event

Tickets: $65, adv

More information: tastechandler.com

Oct.19: Scottsdale Showdown

This isn’t your average bull riding event. The Scottsdale Showdown is an all-star event where 20 of the best bull riders will hop on the 20 toughest bulls to find out who is No. 1. Even though bull riding offers non-stop action, the showdown will also present a concert and a tailgate. The Bud Light Bullpen Concert will feature country music by Montgomery Gentry, Jerrod Niemann and Maggie Rose. Grab cowboy hat, wrangle up a group of friends and head on over to the Scottsdale Showdown.

Location: WestWorld of Scottsdale, 6601 North Pima Rd.

Tickets: $55 to $150

More information at: scottsdaleshowdown.com

Oct 19-20: Arizona Taco Festival

A two-day extravaganza that is centered around 30+ taco teams who are battling it out to find out who makes the best chicken, beef, pork and seafood tacos. Five other awards will also be handed out for the best salsa, guacamole, veggie taco, anything goes taco and booth design. Taco lovers will also be able to watch Lucha Libre Wrestling matches, and enjoy live music all weekend long while they enjoy $2 tacos. If attendees feel like competing themselves, they can enter a hot chile pepper eating contest or an arm wrestling competition. The Taco Festival has other events planned that you won’t want to miss so make sure to fit the Arizona Taco Festival into your schedule this weekend.

Location: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Rd.

Tickets: General Admission: $12 Single Day, $20 Weekend; VIP: $85 Advanced Online / $100 at Door; Kids 12 and under are free

  • Tequila Expo: $20 (Saturday Only)

Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily

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Arizona Taco Festival Returning Competitor, Rubio's, Talks Tacos

Tacos. Seems easy to make, right? All you need is a tortilla, some meat, cheese and salsa, and you’re ready to eat. But, here in Arizona, tacos are much more than that. It takes a true culinary artist to create a taco that’s unique — craved, even. And this weekend, in a two-day event, some of Arizona’s best culinary artists are battling it out to create the perfect taco.

The annual Arizona Taco Festival features taco specialists statewide competing against one another in the taco competition. More than 50 judges will taste every taco presented at the festival and cast their votes for the competition’s best taco.

Ralph Rubio, owner of Rubio'sOne of the fan favorites is Rubio’s, a returner to the Arizona Taco Festival. So, we spoke with owner Ralph Rubio, who shared his thoughts about the competition:

Q. What is your favorite part of the competition?

A. Our favorite part of the competition is sampling our favorite tacos to all of the guests that attend the event. This year we will be sampling our Mango Habanero Pacific Mahi Mahi taco as well as our Salsa Verde Shrimp taco. We love seeing the reaction of the guests who are trying our tacos for the first time or who are so excited to see their favorite taco at the festival. We also love presenting our tacos to the judges and the anticipation to see if we won in any of the categories.Rubio's Logo

Q. What tacos will you be entering into the contest?

A. Chicken – Grilled Gourmet Taco with Chicken
Steak – Grilled Gourmet Taco with Steak
Seafood – Mango Habanero Pacific Mahi Mahi Taco
Anything Goes – Salsa Verde Shrimp Taco

We will also be entering in the competition for salsa, guacamole and booth design.

Q. What is your favorite Rubio’s taco?

A. My favorite Rubio’s taco is the Original Fish Taco on a corn tortilla with picante salsa. I am also a huge fan of our shrimp grilled gourmet taco.

Q. How would you describe Rubio’s?

A. Rubio’s is a fun, friendly, colorful place to get amazing, delicious seafood dishes like the Original Fish Taco.

Q. What makes Rubio’s tacos different than other competitors at the AZ Taco Festival?

A. While there are a lot of fresh, Mexican grill concepts out there, Rubio’s is the world leader in fish taco sales; and while we do sell a lot of chicken burritos, we are focused on seafood, and we’re doing it like no one else. That’s what differentiates us.

We are also known for our flavorful food, and we take great pride in our passion for flavor, which is represented in our menu options.

The AZ Taco Festival takes place on October 20-21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Salt River Fields in Scottsdale and is open to the public.  General admission costs $12, and all tacos cost $2. The event will feature live entertainment and more than 50,000 tacos.

For more information about the Arizona Taco Festival, visit aztacofestival.com.