Nothing says "Tucson" to out-of-towners like a Sonoran hot dog. For ex-pat Tucsonans, nothing screams home like a pound of good chorizo.
These two staples of Southern Arizona cuisine will share center stage at Desert Diamond Casino in Sahuarita on June 24 from 2-5 p.m. for the Chorizo and Sonoran Hot Dog Challenge.
The event is put on by Arizona Lotus Corp., owner of a couple local radio stations including alt-rock staple KFMA and Spanish-language KCMT. Cindy Glysson, the marketing director for ALC, said she expects between 1.000-1,500 people to attend.
Since it is a "challenge," there will be a champion crowned in each category, along with a second and third place. Though the exact judging criteria is still being hashed out, Glysson said the winner will take home a $1,000 cash prize.
While specific vendors aren't set in stone, "right now we have 10 participants in each category, and we'd love to double that," Glysson said. Unlike similar events, Glysson said attendees' will not be limited to a set amount of samples.
Event attendees' will "be able to sample and judge every participant in each category," Glysson said. "We'll have a fan-favorite winner in both hot dogs and chorizo."
Along with the two main attractions, Glysson said there will "be live entertainment and a dance floor, as well as alcohol for purchase."
The event is free, but is ticketed. Tickets can be picked-up at participating Sprint locations (a list of locations can be found here
) or at O'Reilly Chevrolet, 6160 E. Broadway Blvd.