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Mark Your Calendars for the 47th Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts

Posted on: November 15th, 2015 by Taryn Jeffries 2 Comments

Looking for last-minute holiday gifts? Have some really hard to buy for loved ones on your list? Then you will want to free up the weekend of December 4th through the 6th for the 47th Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts in Downtown Tempe. This artist driven festival will bring in over 400 juried artisans to showcase their unique art pieces, jewelry and décor items. The offerings are truly one-of-a-kind items that are sure to delight anyone on your holiday list.Tempe Festival of the Arts Official Flyer

The Festival is an incredibly exclusive gathering of artists. Did you know over 1,600 artists apply to take part in the event? 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 will make this year’s festival bigger and better than ever.

This year’s event will begin on Friday, December 4th beginning at 10am and will run through 5:30pm, repeating the same schedule on that Saturday and Sunday. There is no admission fee and the event it open to all besides being easily accessible via the Valley Metro Light Rail.

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What can you expect from the Festival this year along the lines of food? There are several new additions this year like the debut of food truck involvement, the new Festival After Dark, local craft beers and an assortment of Arizona wines.

The Grilled Cheese Truck will be on hand with their delicious melty treats. They have far more to offer than the traditional grilled cheese sandwiches that mom made when you were small though that is an option. They also provide elevated versions of the classic like their Brie Melt on Cranberry Walnut Bread. This option combines double cream brie, sliced pears, fresh thyme, toasted almonds and wildflower honey. If you have a touch of a sweet tooth, make sure to get the Mom’s Apple Pie Melt. This sweet melt is made up of sharp cheddar with brown butter caramelized apples and candied walnuts on French bread. They also have tomato soup, mac & cheese, tater tots among other sides.

The Maine Lobster Lady will also be on hand with her bounty from their summer trip to Maine. Every summer they head to Maine to catch their supply for the food truck for the rest of the year. You can feast upon a Traditional Maine Lobster Roll, Lobster Bisque, Seafood Chowda, Lobster-Lobster Mac & Cheese along with salad and sweet options (whoopee pies, anyone?). The Traditional Lobster roll features succulent Maine lobster chunks chilled with a touch of lemon aioli all snug in a buttered grilled roll.

There are several other components to the 47th Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts and we are eager to share them all with you. Stay tuned for more details and an incredible contest where you’ll be able to win some great prizes.

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About the Author - Taryn Jeffries

Editor and Chief Eating Officer of PhoenixBites, 2017 Food Writer of the Year (Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame) Taryn grew up in a small town in Illinois with a doting Grandmother who taught her the way around a kitchen and that food is representative of love. Her current quest is to find the love in local dishes and the chefs behind them. In addition to running all things PhoenixBites, Taryn is also a freelance writer, sharing her insight on the best dishes and where to get them each and every month.

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