Quick Bites


Arts in the Plaza. The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is hosting a fine arts festival, which includes fine art, heritage foods and community events. This open-air shopping area will have a farmer's market, live music, boutique shopping and restaurant experiences. SAACA. puts together the event alongside St. Philip's Plaza merchants and small business partners. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21. 4280 N. Campbell Ave.

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck. The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck, launched at Hello Kitty Con 2014 as a way to offer "supercute treats" to fans in the Southern California area, is coming to Tucson. Currently, there are two active Hello Kitty Cafe Trucks and one of them will be sitting at the La Encantada shopping mall for the majority of this upcoming Saturday. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. 2905 E. Skyline Drive.

Nevada Smith's Saves the Day! The Wild Hearts Rescue Ranch has organized an afternoon of "dinner, music, fellowship and fun in the name of healing horses." With Nevada Smith's Saloon offering their services and a plate only costing $7, this is a cheap way to have your stomachs filled with good food while learning about the horses and how to support their healing. 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. 1175 W. Miracle Mile. $7

32nd Annual Great Tucson Beer Fest. With an array of craft beer options from microbreweries and brewpubs, this is a night that should be fun for beer lovers of every kinds. The festival will also have music entertainment and plenty of food options available from food trucks. This also serves as a fundraiser for the Tucson Sun Sounds of Arizona, a radio reading service originally founded with the vision of giving visually-impaired people access to print media. 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. 2500 E. Ajo Way. For the "Designated Driver," general admission is $15. For drinkers, general admission is $40. 21+. No pets.

Menudo y Mimosas. A Sunday brunch that includes menudo and bottomless mimosas should not be something to ignore. "This will be the perfect opportunity to unwind, hang out with friends, mingle and make new homegirls, collaborate and leave feeling inspired and empowered," for all Reinas. This social gathering and networking event is run by the Mi Reina Mobile Boutique and will have a braid bar, a selfie station, cake pops, music, a salsa station, cotton candy, art and fall fashion and accessories. Each attendee will receive a "swag bag" and will be entered to receive raffle prizes. 9 a.m. to noon. Sunday, Oct. 21. 1439 S. Fourth Ave. $36

Whiskey Dinner at Batch. Come for plenty of whiskey and a five-course meal in Batch Cafe & Bar, hosting a whiskey dinner. Even a few of the meals will include whiskey, with "Overkill Whiskey Cheeseburger" and "Whiskey-Soaked Bread Pudding" being listed on the menu. The event will also feature ingredients from local vendors. 6 p.m. and onwards. Monday Oct. 22. 118 E. Congress St. $55

Sixth Annual Membrillo Fest. Maybe you want to try something a little different. This festival is all about quince, including the venerable quince also known as a "membrillo." Learn how to make tradition Sonoran meals with the "Madrina del Jardín," Josefina Lizárraga. The director of the Kino Heritage Fruit Tree Program, Jesus Garcia, will then talk about the history of the quince and its importance to the traditional gastronomy for Southern Arizona and the Sonoran region. The festival, hosted in the Mission garden, will include food, refreshments and live music. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. 946 W. Mission Lane.

Pumpkin Party Night. Chick-fil-A at Oracle Road is hosting a special night for the kids this Tuesday. Pumpkins will be decorated inside the dining room and all kids are invited. A free four-nugget kid's meal will be provided with any adult meal purchased while pumpkins are still available. The offer is only for guests who dine-in. 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23. 4585 N. Oracle Road.

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