October Food Events in Arizona

Fall in Arizona: the magical months of food, better weather, and family fun.


The month of October can sometimes drag, as everyone is waiting for the end of the month to celebrate with monster-themed treats, corn mazes, and pumpkin carving. With October steadily approaching, there are a few food events going on that may suit your palate, as well as keep you busy until the ghoulish day comes!


Verde Valley Ales on Rails, Clarkdale

Begins Thursday, October 1st, 11:00 AM

Verde Canyon Railroad never misses out on a good time so they roll out their popular Ales on Rails starting at 11 a.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. The party starts at 11:00 a.m. on the depot patio with a mouthwatering luncheon of German sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels and strudel, all served to the rhythmic tunes of a polka serenade. The 1:00 p.m. train whistle signals the continuation of the party as it moves onto the rails with specialty beers served onboard, including Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-labeled brews, crafted in Sedona by the renowned Oak Creek Brewery.

Link for more information: http://verdecanyonrr.com/events/ales-on-rails/


Pumpkin Festival, Dewey

Begins Friday, October 2nd, 12:00 PM

Locally owned Mortimer Family Farms announced today that you are all invited to attend Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze every weekend in October in Dewey, AZ. This huge festival's centerpiece is a 15-acre Pumpkin Patch & 25-acre Corn Maze! Fun for the whole family includes “A-MAIZE-ing” attractions, games, farm activities, live entertainment, barn dance, and much more!

Link for more information: http://mortimerfamilyfarms.com/mortimer-farms-pumpkin-festival.htm


University of Arizona Food Day Fair 2015, TucsonWeb

Wednesday, October 14th, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

University of Arizona will be bringing the community of Tucson together to celebrate Food Day, and doing so with style. The free to the public event will feature interactive exhibits, food samples and taste tests, as well as information on sustainability and food resources.

Link for more information: http://uafoodday.com/


Phoenix Food Day 2015, Phoenix

Thursday, October 22nd, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

The city of Phoenix hosts this year’s Food Day festivities at Cesar Chavez Plaza, where everyone is welcome to enjoy local foods, learn more about nutrition and agriculture, visit over 75 exhibits offering information as well as food products and services, and of course a kid’s zone for games and activities. This event has no admission fee.

Link for more information: https://www.phoenix.gov/sustainability/foodday


Chiles, Chocolate, and Day of the Day, TucsonTohono Chul

Friday & Saturday, October 30 & 31 9 AM – 5 PM

Our 2015 homage to the cult of the fiery chile—and decadent chocolate—also celebrates another enduring tradition of the borderlands, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead), a time we remember and honor those who have gone before. Throughout the grounds, vendors will feature chile and Day of the Dead inspired crafts and chile and chocolate enhanced foodstuffs and culinary delights. There will be food trucks, chile roasters, musical entertainment by local artists, sales of ornamental and edible chile plants, free Day of the Dead-themed face painting and children’s activities.



Viva La Local Food Festival 2015, Tucson

Saturday, October 31st, 9:00 AMstatic1.squarespace.com to 5:00 PM

The city of Tucson will be hosting an event to celebrate and support the local food community with a farmer’s market, live music from local artists, and food and beverages crafted by the community’s restaurants. Although the event is free to children under twelve, admission is $6.

Link for more information: http://www.vivalalocalfoodfest.com/event-info/