Residents can once again benefit from enjoying some of the best sliders in the valley while helping a good cause — supporting local foster children in need at the 2018 Slider Throwdown. Held at Kierland Commons from noon to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 18, 2018, local food truck vendors will go head-to-head, or rather burger-to-burger, to compete for the title of Best Slider!

Local “slider experts” will judge entries from popular food truck companies such as Buzz N Bee, Two Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Emerson Fry Bread, Aioli Burger, Food Diva, Drive Wood Fired Grill, Papa Bears BBQ, Shake Shack, and Petrini’s on the Go. Guests can also weigh in with their vote for the “People’s Choice” award. 

Admission is $35 and includes samples of all sliders plus three drink tickets for the redemption of non-alcoholic drinks. In addition, one select restaurant within Kierland Commons is set to partner with the event promoters to offer guests an exclusive “Slider Throwdown” cocktail, available for purchase inside the restaurant. All proceeds from the event benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF), which is dedicated to giving foster children the opportunity for “normal” childhoods and prepare them for successful adulthoods through programming and scholarships. To date, the organization has awarded more than $5.7 million to 26,000 children —and counting — in foster care in Arizona.

“Through our organization, we are able to help foster children navigate the difficult and often unchartered waters of foster care by providing them with valuable resources as well as opportunities to participate in childhood activities that promote confidence and independence so they can grow into responsible, happy adults,” says Kris Jacober, Director of the AFFCF.

There are still more than 18,000 children in foster care in the state, and the AFFCF needs the community’s help to continue their important work. Valley residents can do their part, while socializing, shopping and sampling delicious eats, by purchasing tickets to the 2018 Slider Throwdown at