Cowboy-style cook-off trotting into Chandler

November 6, 2013 by  

A popular recreational spot in Chandler is about to be transformed into the site of an Old West-style campground.

This week, the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off will be returning to Tumbleweed Park for the fourth consecutive year. Banner printing may be on the rise as the organizers of this three-day event prepare to welcome attendees to the festivities.

The cook-off will take visitors back in time to the 1880s frontier. Culinary teams from Arizona, Nevada, California, and Montana will wear period clothing as they prepare meals with the same ingredients, methods, and cooking utensils that cowboys would have used during the period. These chefs will not only be judged on the quality of their food, but on the historical authenticity of their chuck wagon campsites.

Guests at the festival will be able to purchase dishes from each cooking team and learn about the traditional cattle-driving lifestyle. They will also have a chance to enjoy a cowboy breakfast, make their own s’mores, and listen to readings of cowboy poetry. A number of bands will be on hand to provide live entertainment. Several of the historic buildings on the park grounds, including the McCroskey House, will be open for tours.

The Chuck Wagon Cook-Off will begin on Friday, November 8 and continue through Sunday, November 10. Entrance will be free, but attendees will need to pay for food and drinks.

Each day of the festival will offer its own unique activities. Those seeking further details about this event may call (480) 782-2751.