The 47th Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts in downtown Tempe will feature some notable new additions this year with the debut of food trucks, an evening Festival After Dark component, local craft beers and an approachable assortment of vintages from Arizona-based vineyards. The award-winning festival runs from 10am until 5:30pm Friday, December 4 through Sunday, December 6, 2015 in downtown Tempe (3rd Street to University),and is open to the public with FREE admission.
This year’s fall event features gourmet edibles from over two dozen vendors including favored festival fare from the likes of Grandma Goes Nuts, Island Noodles, Beer Batter Delights, Sonoran Sunset Grill, Sweet Pickins Kettle Corn and more. Festival goers will find refreshment from vendors like Orange Place and Country Lemonade with 32 oz. refillable lemonades including traditional, strawberry and raspberry flavors and iced teas, and Eureka Old Fashioned Soda with 32oz tin mugs of beverage on tap.
New additions to this year’s comestible contingent include local food trucks offering an array of choices including an assortment of grilled cheese options, tater tots and a s’mores melt from The Grilled Cheese Truck, lobster rolls, lobster mac & cheese and fresh bisque and chowder from The Maine Lobster Lady food truck, as well as delectable edibles and fair food like toasted nuts, organic cotton candy and assorted popcorn.
Another first, the Festival After Dark Presented by Filmstock Film Festival component offers extended enjoyment, craft beer, Arizona wines and musical entertainment from 5:30pm until 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights. Festival attendees may take advantage of extended hours with artist booths and entertainment staying active into the evening, plus the musical stylings of local favorites Sugahbeat and The Sugar Thieves, after dark.
Aficionados of Arizona wines will enjoy the AZ Wine Festival within the event, featuring eight local Arizona based wineries including Alcantara Vineyard, Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Bodega Pierce/Saeculum Cellars, Keeling Schaefer Vineyards, Kief-Joshua Vineyards, Page Springs Cellars, Pillsbury Wine Company and Sonoita Vineyards. Wines will be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle, as well as the case. Several vineyards are currently nominated in AZ Central’s “Best Wine” reader’s choice poll with the winner’s to be announced later this month.
The Art of Beer offers craft connoisseurs the chance to enjoy local brews from Tempe-based breweries including Gordon Biersch and Four Peaks Brewing Company.
Tempe Festival of the Arts brings a distinctive shopping experience to the downtown district. Each year this famed festival receives over 700 applicants looking to participate and sell their art. With over $1.6 million of original art sold on average, the fall festival is perfect for finding one-of-a-kind holiday gifts at affordable prices. The introduction of some festival firsts and an amazing roster of artists and entertainment are sure to make this year’s festival bigger and better than ever.
For a complete list of artists and more festival details visit http://www.tempefestivalofthearts.com/