New year, new line-up of food festivals. Up first: the New Times Street Eats Food Truck Festival at Salt River Fields on January 12 & 13, 2013.
But be aware: The Street Eats Food Truck Festival has more than just a few food trucks available for your choosing. At this two-day event, you’ll also find a wine lounge, a special VIP tent, several bars, a kids zone, eating contests (hot dog, pie and Twinkie), cooking demonstrations, live music and special guests.
Celebs & demos
On Saturday, Chef Zakarian, Iron Chef on The Food Network’s hit show “Iron Chef America” and a judge on The Food Network’s cooking challenge “Chopped,” will perform a one-hour public cooking demonstration from 1-2 p.m.
On Sunday, attendees can check out a one-hour cooking demonstration by Adam Richman, host of “Man vs. Food,” “Man vs. Food Nation” and “Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich in America” on the Travel Channel. The demonstration will also take place from 1-2 p.m.
The Sub-Zero Wolf Cooking Demo Stage will also include the following demonstrations:
12-1 p.m.: Top of the Rock – Chef Gavino Borquez
12-1 p.m.: The Food Network’s Geoffrey Zakarian
2-3 p.m.: Uncle Sal’s/The Side Door/The Blind Pig – Chef Jimmy Molinari
3-4 p.m.: Pure Sushi Bar - Chef Eddie Aguilar
4-5 p.m.: Wildhorse Grille at Talking Stick Golf Course – Chef Patrick Karvis
12-1 p.m.: TheHopelessHousewife.com Chef Erika Monroe-Williams & Arizona Diamondbacks Third-base Coach Matt Williams
12-1 p.m.: Travel Channel’s Adam Richman
2-3 p.m.: PS Catering Arizona – Chef Chris Peil & Diane Stern
3-4 p.m.: Certified Holistic Health Coach – Chef Michele Rusinkp
Spend a little extra dough
Why merely watch Chef Zakarian and Richman when you spend spend a little one-on-one time with them? Spend the extra cash for admission into the LTB Concepts VIP Tent. Admission includes not only includes light appetizers, $20 in food tickets, six alcoholic drinks and unlimited soda and water, but also a VIP Meet & Greet with Chef Zakarian on Saturday and a VIP Meet & Greet with Richman on Sunday.
Want wine? Head to the Stark Raving Un-Wine-D Lounge for eight wine tastings with food pairings.
Here’s a rundown of what to expect at the Un-Wine-D Lounge:
- Paired with assorted cheeses and crackers: Chandon Rośe and Moët Ice
- Paired with caprese skewer: Uppercut Sauvignon Blanc and Chalone Chardonnay
- Paired with crustini with tomato relish: A BY Acacia Pinot Noir and Stellina de Notte Chianti
- Paired with beef chimi churi: Terrazas Malbec and Dynamite Cabernet Sauvignon
- Paired with shrimp shooters: A by Acacia Chardonnay and Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc
- Paired with beef empanada: BV Napa Cabernet and Numanthia Termes
- Paired with cheesecake bits: Stellina di Notte Prosecco and Clicquot Demi Sec
- Paired with toasted marshmallow and chocolate bars: Rosenblum Desiree and Newton Merlot Unfiltered
As if it couldn’t get any better, the Street Eats Food Truck Festival will even include four bars, including Whiskey River Saloon, Upper Crust Pizza Patio & Wine Bar, Majerle’s Sports Grill, Firehouse and a mobile bar from the National Taco Association.
For more information about each bar’s featured products and mixed drinks, visit saltriverfields.com.
Food trucks, galore
From frybread, hot dogs and noodles to pizza, kettle corn, burgers and traditional Native American food, nearly every type of food will be present.
For the full list of food trucks, visit saltriverfields.com.
Sold yet? Here’s what you can expect to fork up at the door:
- $10 General Admission Tickets / Children 12 and under free
- $35 Un-Wine-d Lounge
- $60 LTB Concepts VIP Tent
For more information about the Street Eats Food Truck Festival, including the line-up of live entertainment, visit saltriverfields.com.
New Times Street Eats Food Truck Festival
When: January 12-13, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (each day)
Where: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick
7555 N. Pima Rd., Scottsdale
Tickets: Purchase tickets here