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A little taste of Dusk Festival food

Sydney Kenig

Two people enjoy drinks and listening to the music at last year’s Dusk music festival in downtown Tucson, AZ on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018. Local Food vendors can be found at the festival as well as many spots to get drinks or whatever you’re craving.

There is much more than meets the ear at Dusk Music Festival. This is a guide to the food experience offered by a variety of vendors.

Wining and dining with the show

According to the Tucson Foodie website, the Gastronomic Union of Tucson is a featured vendor comprised of “more than 30 local chefs, restaurateurs, and food service professionals” that will be taking festival food to another level. GUT will be serving dishes such as guajillo shredded pork, garlic and parmesan fries, chicken and waffles and many more selections. 

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Fox Restaurant Concepts will also be featuring two of their popular local eateries at the festival: Culinary Dropout and Zinburger. 

Culinary Dropout is a gastro-pub that serves cocktails and comfort food.

“Our menu includes the pretzels with fondue, turkey pastrami sandwich and then our rib entree,” said Will Grijalva, the manager of Culinary Dropout. “The turkey pastrami and the ribs are our top-five best-sellers.”

Zinburger will have some fresh burgers on the grill for everyone at the festival to sink their teeth into. According to Zinburger’s website, the hamburger restaurant invites you to “treat yourself to a Zinfully indulgent experience at Zinburger.”

For festival-goers enjoying the DUSK VIP Experience, rolled tacos from Rollies Mexican Patio will be available for anyone who wants to chow down on some local Mexican Cuisine. 

Another unique culinary experience comes from the New American cuisine of Dante’s Fire, a classic gastropub and cocktail bar. 

“We were thinking of doing a bunch of gourmet grilled cheeses that went over really well last year, and a bunch of rolls, like spring rolls, summer rolls,” said Kenneth Foy, owner of Dante’s fire. “Fun things for them to grab while they are having fun at the festival.”

While there are multiple restaurant dishes to be savored, there will also be food trucks serving up a variety of dishes.

For  New York-style pizza lovers, Empire Pizza will be serving up the slices.

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Sweeten the experience

Want a more organic choice? Purple Tree Organic is a food truck that will be offering healthy vegan options, from açai bowls to smoothies and juices. According to the Dusk website, this vendor provides “yummy blends of pureed organic açaí palm fruit prepared with granola, a variety of super foods, & juicy fruit toppings.” 

To fully satisfy your sweet tooth, Jake’s Donuts and Treat Trolley will have funnel cakes, deep fried treats and plenty of unique donuts to go around. 

“You know, you place an order and I start up my machine and start running it,” said Robert Jacobson, manager of Jake’s Donuts. “This is deep-fried on the spot. Our donuts are made fresh to order.”

For anyone needing a quick caffeine fix, Gypsy Cup is a vendor that will be serving a variety of coffee and espresso beverages. 

With all the different options, festival-goers can satisfy any craving that comes along while jamming out to the music.

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