Eating the World

How to Get Tickets to the Inaugural Arizona Bao Fest

Bao down this weekend.
Bao down this weekend. Bonzai Boys
You’ll be up to your neck in buns and more at the first-ever Arizona Bao Fest happening this weekend. Also known as the Asian buns celebration (not really), the street food festival runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, at Unexpected Art Gallery — 734 West Polk Street.

Sample steamed buns, barbecue pork buns, sweet buns, gua bao, noodles, takoyaki, rice bowls, skewers, boba, and desserts from over 10 area businesses. Think Hot Bamboo, Good Fortune Kitchen, Bonzai Boyz, Lemongrass Shack, Asahi Bakery, Happy Buns, OHYA Sushi, Korean Kitchen & Bar, and the like.

click to enlarge Unexpected will host the festival near historic Grand Avenue. - LYNN TRIMBLE
Unexpected will host the festival near historic Grand Avenue.
Lynn Trimble
Boa offerings will go for $4 to $7 each depending on size, while some are offering package deals. Guests can also expect vegan and gluten-free options, games, art, and more.

Tickets are $12 online and $15 at the door, and all kids 12 and under get in free. Tickets are available in half-hour entry times throughout the day, meaning you cannot enter until the time on your ticket, but you may stay as long as you’d like once you’re in. This is to avoid long lines and other food event snafus.


You can also register and enter for your chance to win a pair of tickets from Phoenix New Times.

See the Facebook event for tickets and more details, or to invite friends.
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Lauren Cusimano is Phoenix New Times' food and drink editor. She is a journalist and food waste writer based in Tempe. Joys include eating wings, riding bikes, knowing everyone at the bar, talking too much about The Simpsons, and falling asleep while reading.
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