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Get a taste of local restaurants at Chandler culinary festival

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Posted: Thursday, October 4, 2012 3:30 pm

TASTE. Chandler’s Culinary Festival returns Oct. 6 with expanded local restaurant offerings and new evening hours.

The East Valley’s best fine dining celebration, it’s where foodies flock to taste, savor and enjoy creations from their favorite local restaurants.

A big change this year is that the event will be held during evening hours, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. It’s also expanding to include restaurant participants from across the East Valley, with an opportunity for them to participate in a “Best of TASTE” competition. Categories include best American, Asian, Italian, Mexican, Winery, Casual Café, Dessert and Overall Best of.

General admission tickets are $35 each. For a limited time, pre-sale sets of two tickets can be purchased online for $50. TASTE. Chandler’s Culinary Festival is a 21 and older event.

If you go

What: Taste. Chandler’s Culinary Festival

When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6

Where: Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave.

Cost: $35 per person, includes unlimited tastings and 12 drink tickets good for wine, craft beer and spirits sampling. Admission also includes access to the Brewmaster Craft Beer & Reserve Wine Experience Lounge and the Mix & Mingle Spirits Experience Lounge

Information: (602) 276-2499 or

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Food purveyors expected to participate in Taste. Chandler’s Culinary Festival include:

AJ’s Cafe at the Crowne Plaza San Marcos Golf Resort

Coach & Willie’s

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

Bourbon Jacks Bar & Grill

Devil’s Kitchen

Edible Arrangements

Edible Creations

El Palacio Restaurant & Cantina

El Zócolo Mexican Grille

Floridino’s Pizza & Pasta

Gelato 64

Grimaldi’s Coal Brick-Oven Pizzeria

The Hungry Monk

Iguana Mack’s

Irish Republic Public House

The Keg Steakhouse & Bar

Kokopelli Winery & Bistro

Latitude Eight Thai Grill

Le Cordon Bleu

Nothing Bundt Cakes

NYPD Pizza

Paletas Betty

Pearl Sushi Bar

Pittsburgh Willy’s

Rubio’s Fresh Mexican Grill

SanTan Brewing Company

Shimogamo Japanese Restaurant

Superstition Farm’s Udder Delights

Vintage 95 Wine Lounge

Von Hanson’s Meat Markets

Yoli’s Cafe

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