There will be bagpipes galore - and probably some haggis - at this weekend's festival.
Eat like a Celt this weekend
The 22nd Tucson Celtic Festival & Scottish Highland Games are Friday through Sunday at Rillito Raceway Park. Celebrates the history and culture of Scotland, Ireland and Wales with food, music, dancing and athletic games. It begins with the Clan Torchlight Ceremony & Ceilidh, 7:30-10 p.m. Oct. 31. Cost is $5. Bagpipe bands, sheepherding demonstrations, Scottish clans, heritage and cultural booths, historic reenactments, highland athletics, and Irish/Scottish dance performances, as well as highland dance and solo bagpipe competitions are part of the festivities. There are also games, crafts, jumping castles, storytelling and a petting zoo. New to the festival this year is the life-sized board game, quest of the Castle Keep. Featured performers include The Killdares, Round the House, The Muses, and Oceans Apart. When: 6-10 p.m. Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Nov. 1 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 2 Where: 4502 N. First Ave. Price: Tickets for Nov. 1 and 2 are $12 adults, $9 seniors 65 and older, $5 ages 6-15 (per day) Info: 807-9509 www.tucsoncelticfestival.org
2008 ARIZONA STATE FAIR: The 124th annual Arizona State Fair, concludes Sunday. Among the midway fare at this year’s fair is deep-fried Philly cheesesteak wrapped in pizza dough, “Croc Bite” and deep-fried hamburgers. The final cooking contest of the fair is noon Saturday, with its Make It With Malt-O-Meal Recipe Contest. It is in the South Hall Coliseum and first place wins $100. More information and official rulesare at the Web site. When: The fair opens at noon Tuesdays-Fridays and at 10 a.m. Saturdays-Sundays. Closing times are 11:30 p.m., except for Fridays and Saturdays when it closes at 1 a.m. Where: Phoenix Coliseum, 1826 W. McDowell Road Price: $12 adults, $6 seniors 55 and older and ages 5-13. Children under 5 are free. Info: www.azstatefair.com/state-fair/information.aspx Directions: 19th Avenue and McDowell Road
DATE NIGHT AT THE GOLD ROOM: Couples are invited every Thursday to create their own menu together. Diners can choose from selected specialties including two salads, two entrées and shared dessert. When: 5 p.m. Where: Westward Look Resort, 245 E. Ina Road Price: $49 (per couple) Info: 917-2930 www.westwardlook.com
JEWISH COOK-OFF AND FOOD FESTIVAL: Amateur citywide Jewish Cook-Off and Food Festival with live entertainment and activities for kids. The festival includes competitions for professional and amateur chefs. The amateur cook-off is 8 a.m.-noon Food categories are: Brisket, Stuffed Cabbage, Knishes, Vegetarian Wild card, a Sephardic dish, Chopped Liver, Fish Salad, Blintzes, Kugel, Mandelbread, Rugelah and Cheesecake. The festival continues through 5 p.m., and several chefs from local independent restaurants, including Sabra Mediterranean Cuisine, L’Chaim Catering, The Grill at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort, Pastiche Modern Eatery, Elle Wine Country Restaurant, Motzi Nouvelle Patisserie, Shlomo and Vito’s New York Style Delicatessen, Zona 78, Jonathan’s Cork, Ristorante Italia, Kingfisher, Bluefin Seafood Bistro, Westward Look Resort, plus Alan Zeman of the now-closed Fuego!, will be selling special food items. Where: Brandi Fenton Memorial Park, 3482 E. River Road Price: $2 adults, $1 ages 12-18, free for ages 11 and younger. Cook-off entry fee is $5. Info: 512-8500
MMM’S CHILI COOK-OFF: The purpose of this cook-off, now in its second year and presented by the Men’s Mercy Ministry at Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, is to highlight the mission of the MMM, which organizes and provides volunteers who complete “mercy” projects (household repairs, cleaning, transportation, etc.) for its members. Admission and the chili-tasting is free – larger servings and refreshments can be purchased for a nominal fee. Live music will be featured throughout the day and there will be prizes in various categories. Any chili chefs out there are welcome to enter their favorite recipe. When: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Where: Fountain of Life Lutheran Church, 710 S. Kolb Road Price: free Info: 747-1213 http://www.mensmercy.org/
THANKSGIVING IN THE BARRIO: A traditional Thanksgiving meal is the main attraction at this annual event, presented by Luz Southside Coalition and Luz Social Services and now celebrating its 11th year of commitment to the Tucson community. This year, festivities include a community health and resource fair, DJ, mariachi music, Aztec dancers, raffle prizes and a Fun Zone for kids. When: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Where: El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W. Irvington Road Price: free Info: 294-7620
The 27th annual Nordic Guild Fair will feature Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish clubs and individual vendors selling ethnic foods, baked goods and crafts. Folk dancers and musicians will entertain throughout the day. When: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 6 Where: Streams in the Desert Church, 5360 E. Pima St. Price: free admission Info: 887-1114
SUGAR PLUM TEA SOIREE: The eighth annual event, to benefit Ballet Tucson, features a reading of the “Nutcracker” story with live characters from the ballet, classic holiday music, a silent auction, and a holiday boutique with collectible nutcrackers, ornaments and stocking stuffers. When: Showtimes and high tea at 11 a.m. and again at 3 p.m.; soiree begins at 7 p.m. Where: Arizona Inn, 2200 E. Elm St. Price: $75-$100 Info: 903-1445 www.ballettucson.org
POSADA EN EL BARRIO: Las Posadas (The Inns) is a traditional Latino celebration symbolizing the pilgrimage done during the holiday season. Entertainment includes raffles, mariachi, piñatas, candy bags for the children, and singing of villancicos (Christmas carols). Traditional foods and beverages will be served. When: 4-7 p.m. Where: El Pueblo Neighborhood Center, 101 W. Irvington Road Price: free Info: 294-7620
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, a Danish pancake (above being prepared by The Danish Club's Pia Odgaard at this year's Tucson Meet Yourself) will be on the menu along with dozens of other Nordic items at the Dec. 6 Nordic Guild Fair.
Alan Zeman, chef-owner of the defunct Fuego!, is among those cooking at the Jewish Cook-off and Food Festival on Nov. 9.
TUCSON EVENTS CALENDAR
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REGULAR WINE TASTINGS
WINE TASTING AT CATAVINOS: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, the wine shop features a tasting based on a theme or region. Snacks and cheeses are included. When: 4-8 p.m Where: CataVinos Wine Shop & Tasting Room, 3063 N. Alvernon Way Price: $10, $8 with wine purchase Info: 323-3063, www.catavinoswines.com
WINE TASTING AT BEVERAGE HOUSE: Every Friday the store features a wine tasting based on a theme, region or favorite picks from the staff. When: 4-6 p.m. on Fridays Where: Beverage House, 8660 E. Broadway Price: $2 Info: 296-9933, www.beveragehouse.net
WINE TASTING AT PASTICHE: Every Friday the tasting is based on a theme, region or winery. Snacks will accompany the wine. When: 5-6:30 p.m. Where: Pastiche Modern Eatery, 3025 N. Campbell Ave. Price: $5 Info: 325-3333, pasticheme.com
WINE TASTING AT VILA THAI: Every Friday the restaurant features a wine tasting with gourmet appetizers. When: 5-7 p.m. every Friday Where: Vila Thai Cuisine, 972 E. University Blvd. Price: $10 Info: 903-9777, www.vilathai.com
WINE TASTINGS AT ARMITAGE: Every Tuesday the lounge will offer a special selection of wines. When: 6-8 p.m. Where: Armitage Wine Lounge and Cafe, 2905 E. Skyline Drive Price: $10 Info: 682-9740, www.armitagewine.com
SAHUARITA FARMERS’ & ARTISANS MARKET: Local and organic produce, as well as plants, homemade jams, chutney, salsa and sauces. There’s also organic coffee, mesquite tortillas, cookies, gelato, nachos, kettle korn, doughnuts and prepared foods. Plus arts and crafts. When: 5-7:30 p.m. Where: Sahuarita Town Hall Plaza, 375 W. Sahuarita Center Way Sahuarita Price: free admission Info: 822-8824
SANTA CRUZ RIVER FARMERS MARKET: Local fruits and vegetables, plants, herbs, Mexican baked goods and tortillas, coffee, grass-fed beef and eggs. When: 4-7 p.m. Where: Between Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind (1200 W. Speedway Blvd.) and El Rio Neighborhood Center (1390 W. Speedway Blvd.) Price: free admission Info: 622-0525, www.communityfoodbank.com
FARMERS MARKET AT UA: Organic, locally grown and produced food, plus live entertainment and health and wellness demonstrations. When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Main Gate Square Price: free admission Info: 621-4550 www.health.arizona.edu/webfiles/hpps_farmers_market.htm Directions: University Boulevard between Park and Euclid avenues
PLAZA PALOMINO FARMERS MARKET: Produce, homemade baked goods, tamales, eggs, natural soaps, salsa, roasted peppers, plus local artists. Live music on select Saturdays. When: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: Plazo Palomino courtyard, 2790 N. Swan Road Price: free admission Info: 320-6344 www.plazapalomino.com
BISBEE FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, eggs, grass-fed meats, honey, baked goods, plants and handmade arts and crafts. Occasional live music and events. When: 8 a.m.-noon Where: Vista Park, Bisbee Price: free admission Info: 520-432-4011 www.discoverbisbee.com
ORO VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: Local, organic produce, fresh baked goods, custom-blended teas, fresh roasted coffees, range-fed meats, gourmet sauces and more. When: 8 a.m.-noon Where: Oro Valley Town Hall, 11000 N. La Cañada Drive, Oro Valley Price: free admission Info: 400-9992
RINCON VALLEY FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, coffee, arts, crafts, furniture and more. Weekly special events. When: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Where: 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail Price: free admission Info: 591-2276, www.rvfm.org
CIVANO ARTISANS AND FARMERS MARKET: Local and organic produce, foods, natural/pain-relieving balms and ointments, crafts and jewelry, plus textiles and food demonstrations. When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Where: Civano Nursery, 5301 S. Houghton Road Price: free admission Info: 248-9218 DragoonMarketplace.MySite.com
ST. PHILIP’S PLAZA FARMERS MARKET: Local produce, baked goods, coffees and teas, range-fed meats and eggs, as well as native and decorative plants. When: 8 a.m.-noon Where: 4380 N. Campbell Ave. Price: free admission Info: 793-8344