Noshing Around

12th annual Roasted Chile Festival, The seventh annual World Margarita Championship and more

It's Getting Chile

The 12th annual Roasted Chile Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at the Rincon Valley Farmers & Artisans Markets, 12500 E. Old Spanish Trail. This event features Arizona-grown chiles, both roasted and raw; chile ristras; and other organic produce. The family-friendly festival is free. Entertainment  includes games and activities for the young ones, and live music by John Grant & the Guilty Bystanders. For more information, contact:

Rocks 'n' Salt

The seventh annual World Margarita Championship is drawing an impressive list of participants.  Slated so far: Ryan Clark of Lodge on the Desert, last year's winner of the Judges Award for World's Best Margarita; the team from the Marinaterra resort in Sonora, winner of last year's People's Choice Award; and mixologists from Jonathan's Cork, Pastiche, Kingfisher and Cushing Street Bar and Grill.  The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25, at the Tucson Museum of Art, 140 N. Main Ave. This event is expected sell out, so buy your tickets early; I know I am. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door, if there are any left. Get them at

Beer Dinner

The folks at Borderlands Brewing Co. and Acacia have teamed up for what's sure to be an excellent beer and food pairing. The menu features classic pub cuisine (Scotch Eggs, anyone?) paired with craft beer. It's a must for foodies and beer aficionados alike. The four-course meal, including beer pairings, costs $40. The fun starts at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 19, at Borderlands Brewing Co., 119 E. Toole Ave. For more information, go to

Milk and Cookies

A new local business with an interesting concept has opened at 902 E. Broadway Blvd. Tucson Cookie Co. is a bakery that delivers fresh-baked cookies to your doorstep as late as 3 a.m. This is great news for when you're up at 2 a.m. watching Comedy Central and your sweet tooth begins to ache, but you would rather not travel (I'm not insinuating anything here). For more information, call 261-7511 or visit