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It’s the last weekend before Christmas! If you don’t spend it wrapped up in holiday shopping, check out some of the local events happening around town.

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To name a few, there’s Holiday Tea at Loews Ventana Canyon, S’mores night at Borderlands Brewing, and champagne tasting at Tap & Bottle North, just for Friday!

Read on to see what else might be in store for your weekend. Also, a shameless plug for Tucson Foodie and Maynards Presents – Sonoran Chinese Christmas Feast on Tuesday, December 20th. We’d love to have you join!

It would be impossible to cover all the upcoming events, so don’t forget to check out our Events Directory. full list about upcoming Foodie events.


December 15 and 16 Thursday and Friday 10:00 and 13:00
Loews Ventana Canyon, 7000 N. Resort Dr.

Details are a little limited, but Loews Ventana Canyon is hosting its own Holiday Tea in its Cascade Lounge. There will be a delightful three-course holiday tea and champagne menu in the Cascade Lounge with a live harpist.

Cost: $65 per person. Choose morning or afternoon seating.


Friday, December 16, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m
Tap & Bottle North, 7254 N. Oracle Rd.

Taste 15 sparkling wines from around the world! Tap & Bottle will be pouring Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, Lambrusco, Pét-Nat and more. Small bites will be provided by Holy Focaccia to accompany the wine flights.

The tickets will have a scheduled entry: 17:30 – 18:30 and 18:30 – 20:00

Cost: $49 including tax and tip and 15 flowing Buy your tickets here.


December 17, Saturday
Borderlands Brewing Company, 119 E. Toole Ave.

Borderlands is hosting a S’mores night on Saturday in their backyard. They will be providing graham crackers, chocolate, marshmallows and fire pits! Enjoy some s’mores with your friends and family. By the way, S’mores pair well with the award-winning German Chocolate Cake Porter.

Cost: $10, includes your own s’mores kit.

Quince Cooking Workshop with Carolyn Niethammer

Saturday, December 17, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m
The Mission Garden, 946 W. Mission Ln.

Spend some time learning how to make quince with Carolyn Niethammer, local food writer and jam expert.

In this class, the basics of making quince jam and using quince in other sweet and savory dishes will be covered. You will also learn about the origin and history of quince and its fruits and their use over the centuries. The techniques you will learn to make quince are transferable to other fruit jams.

The class will give you:
  • Jam and pastry recipes
  • A small jar of marmalade to take home
  • Enough quince fruit to make a batch of jam at home
  • Refreshments include quince empanada and a slice of quince torta

Cost: $60. Buy your workshop ticket here.


Saturday, December 17, from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m
Bawker Bawker Cider, 400 N. Fourth Ave.

Join Bawker Bawker for a “sweet” evening with the Gourmet Girls. They’ll be offering a flight of three shortbreads with paired ciders (3.5 ounces), including:

  • Warm Orange Spice/Slushie – Short Pear and Fig (GF)
  • Bengal Spice Cider – Mesquite Pecan Pumpkin Seed Shortbread (GF)
  • Pumpkin Cider – Pumpkin Cranberry Shortbread (GF)

Cost: $20 They are reserves very recommended as they are limited to 50 flights.

This event is gluten free.


December 18, Sunday from 17:00 to 20:30
Savoy Opera House, 6541 E. Tanque Verde Rd. #22

Take a magical journey to a swinging era that pays tribute to the Andy Williams and Bing Crosby Christmas specials. You’ll be transported back in time with world-class entertainers Katherine Byrnes, Brian Levario, Chach Snook and Crystal Stark at the elegant Savoy Opera House in Trail Dust Town.

The intimate evening will be filled with singing, dancing and humor.

Cost: $85. Buy your tickets here.


Tuesday, December 20, from 17:00 to 20:30
Maynards Market & Kitchen, 400 N. Toole Ave.

Chef and artist Feng-Feng Yeh (the creator behind the Chinese Chorizo ​​Festival) will collaborate with local indigenous chef Rusty Ramirez to bring you a special Chinese Christmas dinner.

The dinner will focus on Chiltepin’s native Southwestern culinary heritage, while exploring how it can be used to evoke Chinese cuisine. This union of indigenous and Chinese cuisines will tell a cross story of the resilience of the peoples of Tucson.

Fun things:
  • Forbes Meat Company’s Peking Duck demonstration
  • Demonstration of Hand Pulled Noodles by Chef Feng-Feng Yeh
  • Wide selection of vegan and GF dishes
  • Wine pairing (optional)
  • Gift bag

A truly unmissable type of evening!

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