Vendors interested in Chandler’s fifth annual Chuck Wagon Cook-off can submit an application online. The event will be held at Tumbleweed Ranch Nov. 7 through Nov. 9. This family friendly culinary event features competitors working from authentic chuck wagons as they cook in the style of 1880s cattle drives. The cook-off is produced by the Chandler Museum and its support organization, Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch.
Food and merchandise vendors and nonprofit organizations are invited to participate on Saturday, Nov. 8, and Sunday, Nov. 9. Some activities will take place Friday, Nov. 7, which is an optional vendor participation day. Preference will be given to vendors who specialize in cooking, local and Western or historic food items. Sponsorships are also available for the event. Vendor applications and sponsorship details are available online at www.chandleraz.gov/chuckwagon or by calling (480) 782-2751. The deadline to submit a vendor application is 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.
The Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off has been hailed as one of the best chuck wagon cook-offs by American Cowboy Magazine. The costumes, equipment, music, tastes and smells at this event transport guests back in time to show a rare, up-close look at the Old West lifestyle. Using historic cooking methods, the authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the west prepare five-course meals, and share the history of food and life on cattle drives. A limited number of chuck wagon lunches are available for purchase on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Vendors provide additional food and beverage options.
The event will feature stage entertainment, historical demonstrations, campfire glows with marshmallow roasts and shopping opportunities. KFYI radio personality and Arizona’s foremost foodie, Jan D’Atri, will stop in for cooking demonstrations, and young cooks can register to pair up on Sunday with a wagon team for the second annual Junior Chuck Wagon Cook-off.
The Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off at Tumbleweed Ranch is held within Tumbleweed Park, which is on the southwest corner of McQueen and Germann roads. The 2014 Cook-off is presented by the Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch, Chandler Museum, Biscuit Flats Chuck Wagon and other sponsors.