Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
Tenth Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
Friday, November 8, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. $10 Admission
Saturday, November 9, 10:00 am - 2:30 p.m. Free Admission
Tumbleweed Ranch at Tumbleweed Park
2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler
Join us Friday, 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm for music, dancing, food and drinks. $10 admission can only be purchased at the gate Friday evening. Local country Music band Rhondavous will have you foot stompin" up on the dance floor. The band has opened for nationally acclaimed artists Lady Antebellum, LeAnn Rimes, The Bare Naked Ladies and Sawyer Brown. Enjoy a cool evening at the Ranch and sample chuck wagon food, as well as barbecue and beer.
On Saturday, admission is free. At 10:00 am, Ranch gates open and lunch tickets ($15 per ticket) go on sale! These tickets go quick and can only purchased on site on Saturday. Check out the cooking team competition and get yourself a plate of the best chuck wagon meals in the state!
Meals are served at noon, for one hour.
On the stage, Old Blue Band will play bluegrass the old fashioned way. You can also watch the Maricopa 4-H Cloggers and stop in to the Lil Rustlers Camp for western themed kids' activities, puppet show, children's authors, face painting, trick roping lessons and more! The event includes various food vendors and other western inspired vendors. At 1:00 pm, check out the Gidgee Gang's Aussie Bush Kitchen demonstration, a cooking team from Queensland, Australia. The day wraps up with competition awards ceremony at 2:00 pm.
Sunday - Youth ages 10-15, want to learn how to make great food over the campfire? Check out our Junior Campers Cooking Clinic on Sunday, November 10, 11:30 am. Registration is required. Application on Junior Campers Cooking Clinic menu button.
The Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off is one of Chandler’s signature community events, as well as one of the largest chuck wagon cooking events in the Southwest. Festivities take place at Tumbleweed Ranch, where attendees have the chance to experience a rare, up-close look at Western history and are transported back in time with chuck wagon competitors wearing period dress, using period equipment and cooking methods as if they are on an 1880's cattle drive.This is a culinary experience unlike any other being done in the Valley. It is an homage to the Old West, outdoor cooking and the original food truck.
The Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, with the support of the City of Chandler, Chandler Museum staff and a cadre of volunteers, make this event possible.