Tucson, AZ

Need Some Meal Inspiration? Head To The Picture Rocks Food Fest

The Savvy Reeder


When I first moved to the Tucson area three years ago, I had no idea of the culinary prowess of the Southwest. Sure, I had imagined the tacos here would be pretty good, but otherwise, I had a lot to learn. This summer I had the chance to stop by the Picture Rocks Food Fest and got a schooling on local cuisine.

Before you get sad that you missed this delightful festival of food, it's ongoing! Every first and third Friday of every month you can take your hungry bellies down to the corner of Sandario Road and Picture Rocks Road and feast on locally sourced and owned food vendors.

The next event is going to be held on July 16th. Vendors open at 4 pm and close at 8 pm. You definitely don't feel like cooking on Friday evenings anyways, so this is the perfect way to fill up and find some new favorite foods. Smells are free, but food will cost you, so bring cards and cash to fill up. If you just feel like stopping by to check things out it's free to wander.

There aren't a lot of tables or seating areas, so bring your own chair or picnic blanket to spread out and eat some grub with the family. Your furry family members are invited too, if they're well behaved and on a leash, of course. My pups' noses were going crazy as we wandered from stall to stall to see what was up for the menu.

When I say that they've got something for everyone, I mean it. They have a myriad of offerings, including Asian dishes, Southwestern plates, flavor-infused lemonades, seafood broils, and more. I opted for some delicious quesadillas, and my husband chose an Asian-inspired dish. Overall we didn't spend more than $20 for the two of us, and the food was phenomenal. I personally can't wait to go back next Friday to try some more adventurous dishes! Grab the family, the friends, or just your pup, and head West on past Cortaro to pig out in the desert.

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