It's a busy weekend for Valley food lovers. With a two-day food truck festival and plenty of Halloween-themed dining and drinking in the works, we're planning on hitting it hard. Here are the best things to put in your mouth this weekend.
A Taste of the Trucks Saturday, October 26
Roosevelt Row and the Phoenix Street Food Coalition are back this fall with Taste of the Trucks, a two-day food truck fest. On Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, they're bringing 50 trucks (25 each day) to downtown for a celebration with live music and a beer and wine garden. Tickets to the event cost $20 for kids 5 to 12 and $35 for those 13 and older; for the super truck fans, two-day passes are available. Your ticket buys you all the samples you can eat -- or more likely, get your hands on -- so bring an empty stomach to 414 East Roosevelt Road, from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Call 602-772-0083 or visit the Taste of the Trucks website for more information. View the complete lineup of trucks here.
Zombie Eats Saturday, October 26
This Saturday, zombies will take over downtown Phoenix for Zombie Walk 5, and though the undead have a nasty reputation for eating brains, there'll be plenty of other eats and drinks up for grabs. The Zombie Festival will kick off at 2 p.m. hosting vendors, music, and a Rose & Crown beer garden featuring Four Peaks plus sangria and eats from Crust Restaurants. And throughout the day, many of downtown's restaurants and bars will offer special zombie eats. At Brick Pizza and Wine Bar there's a $12 Carnivore Vampire Pizza and $4 Four Peaks drafts; $3 Zombie cocktails for all those dressed as zombies at Carly's Bistro, as well as Blood Bath Empanadas (pumpkin and apple filled empanadas with blood red raspberry sauce) at Tom's Tavern and 1929 Grill. For the complete list of special deals and dishes on the Zombie Walk website.
Gastropub Tasting Dinner Sunday, October 27
If there's one thing Chandler's Cork restaurant is known for doing well, it's the tasting menus. Since opening in 2008, the upscale spot has perfected the art, and this Sunday you can check it out for yourself when it hosts its gastropub-inspired Tasting Dinner. For $35 a person, Cork will offer a four-course dinner featuring dishes such as Guiness and duck chili; chicken pate with pretzel toast, arugula, quail egg and bacon vinaigrette; and an Irish Car Bomb dessert with chocolate cake and irish crème ice cream. Wine and beer pairings will be available for an additional $15. Call 480-883-3773 or visit the website to make a reservation.
Hallowine at Cibo Sunday, October 27
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One of downtown's favorite pizza spots, Cibo, is hosting its annual Halloween-themed fundraiser this weekend. This year's Hallowine event will benefit local restaurateur, chef, and businesswoman Lisa Giungo, who was diagnosed with lung cancer a few months ago. Wines will be provided by Quench and Southern Wines and expect eats from chef Guido Saccone. Celebrate the season on the restaurant's romantic patio with live music and a raffle. Tickets cost $25 (includes food and drink) or $20 if you show up in your best costume. The party runs from 4 to 7 p.m.
Ghost Pepper Ice Cream Arizona State Fair
Our guilty pleasure columnist JK Grence doesn't mess around when it comes to state fair food. He headed back for a second round of tastings, choosing and reviewing some of the fair's craziest offerings so you don't have to. This time around he stumbled upon some fiery hot ghost pepper ice cream and tried deep-fried watermelon. To see his picks and misses check out our list of Arizona State Fair Eats: Round 2. And if you missed part one, you can read it here.