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May 9, 2017

Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off at Tumbleweed RanchCity seeks vendors for eighth annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off at Tumbleweed Ranch on Nov.10-11, 2017
Food/beverage vendors, merchandise/artist sales, non-profit organizations, business/company informational booths and farmers market vendors are invited to participate in the eighth annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off, which will be held at Tumbleweed Ranch on Friday, Nov. 10, and Saturday, Nov. 11.
This family-friendly culinary competition has been hailed as one of the best cooking events in the Valley by Phoenix New Times and Phoenix Magazine. It features teams working from authentic chuck wagons as they cook in the style of 1880s cattle drives. This City of Chandler event is produced by Chandler Museum and its support organization, Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch.
Preference will be given to vendors who specialize in cooking, local foods, Western art, and other old-west or history-related items. The deadline to submit a vendor application is 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15. Vendor applications are available online at or by calling 480-782-2751.
The costumes, equipment, music, tastes and smells at this event transports its guests back in time to show a rare, up-close look at the Old West lifestyle. Using historic cooking methods, the authentic 1880s chuck wagon teams from around the west prepare five-course meals, and share the history of food and life on cattle drives. Judges decide winners in meal course categories as well as most authentic wagon and best overall meal. A limited number of chuck wagon lunches are available for purchase on Saturday. Vendors will provide additional food and beverage options.
This year’s event will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., both days, with the Farmer’s Corner on Friday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. In addition to the chuck wagons, there will be local musical entertainment, historical demonstrations, and wagon rides to the nearby Arizona Railway Museum. Last year, this event had an attendance of 6,000 people and we are expecting 8,000 this year.
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. 

Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off
  • Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
    In its seventh year, this signature culinary event provides attendees with the rare experience of the sights, sounds, tastes and smells of authentic 1880s chuck wagons. Teams from across the West compete using slow-cook, wood-fire methods from the time period. More information online at
  • Chandler Museum
    The Chandler Museum is an innovative environment where the community comes together to share our stories, store our cultural heritage and experience Chandler as a people and place. The vision of the Museum is to be the community’s principal resource to explore its people’s history, culture, and place in a rapidly changing world of today – within and without the walls of a building.