Beer Ice Cream, Free Cupcakes, Bison Tacos and Other Ways to Make Your Stomach Happy

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Boca holds another Exotic Taco Wednesday tonight (Oct. 13). This time, it’s bison tacos from 5 p.m. to close. Past events have featured fried-oyster, rattlesnake, alligator and ostrich tacos, and it’s anybody’s guess what weird meat will land on the eatery’s tortillas next week.

1702 hosts a tasting of beers from Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Ska Brewing Company, Left Hand Brewing Company and Breckenridge Brewery at 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 14. All four breweries are sending representatives to the event, and 1702 will be giving away tickets to the Great Tucson Beer Festival. The event is free.

While you’re there, check out 1702’s selection of homemade ice cream. The Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Punkin Ale ice cream is almost gone, but several other flavors are available.

A new eastside farmers’ market opens for the first time from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friday, Oct. 15, at Jesse Owens Park (400 S. Sarnoff Drive). This should bring relief to eastside locavores still reeling from the closure of the farmers’ market at Udall Park several weeks back.

Friday is also the first day of RA Sushi’s One Glass, One Roll, One Hope campaign for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. $15 gets you a glass of chardonnay and a special pink sushi roll, and all proceeds are donated to the fight against breast cancer. The campaign continues daily through Monday, Nov. 15.

Also Friday: The new Red Velvet Cupcakery at La Encantada (2905 E. Skyline Drive) celebrates the opening of its second Tucson location with free cupcakes from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

At the Oro Valley Farmers’ market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, it’s all about heritage foods. Chef Colin King from Harvest Restaurant gives a cooking demonstration using heritage foods at 10 a.m., and vendors will be selling everything from mesquite flour to heirloom beans. Desert Harvesters will also be on hand doing a bit of mesquite-bean milling.

Chef Alan Zeman of Southwestern Originals gives a cooking demonstration using several items from his signature line of cooking products from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 16, in front of Wild West Hot Sauce at 6541 E. Tanque Verde Road. Admission is free.

A chili cook off benefiting the Sportsman’s Fund takes place Saturday, Oct. 16, at Jonathan’s Tucson Cork. Admission is $10, and a number of Tucson Originals restaurants have signed up. Call Jonathan’s at 296-1631 for more information.

And last, but certainly not least, is the Great Tucson Beer Festival at Hi Corbett Field on Saturday, Oct. 16. Beer, beer, beer, and proceeds benefit Sun Sounds of Arizona, which provides services for the blind and visually impaired.

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