The first food carts were pulled by horses, which often ate all the ingredients and were forced to earn the money back by fixing races with their friends. Gallop toward grub with this Groupon.
Choose Between Two Options
- $12 for two general-admission tickets to the 4th Annual Arizona Taco Festival on Saturday, October 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (a $24 value)
Throughout two days, more than 30 teams of taco aficionados compete in creating the most tasty taco in pursuit of the $10,000 prize purse. Categories include chicken, beef, seafood, and pork, as well as salsa, guacamole, veggies, and “anything-goes.” Event-goers may sample their efforts at $2 a pop, and wash down bites with beers and tequila. Beyond the main event, festivities include lucha libre wrestling, live music, and mariachi bands, and visitors can test their mettle in chili-pepper-eating contests and arm-wrestling matches for tacos. See the full schedule.
Salt River Fields
When Arizona and Colorado major-league baseball players gear up for another season, their spring training commences on the diamonds at Salt River Fields. They contribute to the 405,000 square feet of grass within the 140-acre site's shaded stadium, which hosts events that range from music festivals and dog shows to fireworks displays and lacrosse tournaments.
For smaller affairs, up to 400 guests can feast in the facility's multiple banquet areas or the Pepsi Patio, an ideal setting for cocktail receptions and auctions. Sweeping vistas surround the facility, serving up views of Camelback Mountain and the Superstition Mountains, which earned their name by harboring a thriving community of black cats and broken-mirror vendors.