Savor Food & Wine Festival 2024

Savor Food & Wine Festival 2024

JANUARY 20, 2024


An oasis of local artisan food and wine in the Arizona desert.

In the Tucson Botanical Gardens, chefs, wineries, and breweries from all over the Southwest gather amongst the plants for the Savor Food & Wine Festival. (I don’t know about you, but when I go to the botanical gardens, all I’m thinking is where’s the shrimp?) The goal of Savor is to show off independently-owned local businesses and, each year, the festival attracts locals and tourists with dozens of restaurants, markets and distilleries including Beyond Bread, which makes its own artisan bread, Huss Brewing, Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics, Kiss of Smoke BBQ, artisan popcorn vendors, wineries and more. Apart from eating — the main draw of any food festival — Savor Food & Wine Festival has interactive cooking stations, live music, local chefs and of course, the Tucson Botanical Gardens to explore. Chefs are present and accessible to food lovers, with chefs from restaurants like Bob’s Steak and Chop House showing festival-goers how they prepared their dishes. According to the festival organizers, the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, this is largest culinary festival in southern Arizona.  

The Specs

  • Several hundred people are expected to attend in 2024.
  • Tickets range from $100-$150. General Admission costs $100 and runs from 12 pm-3 pm. VIP admission costs $150 and runs from 11 am-3 pm. Tickets go on sale on Sept. 1, 2023. 
  • Check out Fifty Grande’s guide to the best things to do in Tucson here.


Where is the nearest airport?

Tucson International Airport (TUS) is the closest airport to the festival, located just 1o miles from the botanic gardens. 

Is other transportation available?

There is no provided transportation to or from the festival.

Can I bring my kids with me?

No, this is a 21 and up event. 

Who will be at this year’s festival?

The 2024 participants have yet to be announced. 2023’s participants included The Agave Heritage Festival, Alfonso Gourmet Olive Oil & Balsamics, Arizona Distilling Co., Arizona Hops and Vines, Arizona Winery Tours, Beyond Bread, Barrio Brewing Co., Bob’s Steak and Chop House, Borderland Spirits, Tannas Botannas Market, Bubbes Fine Bagels, Button Brew House, Callaghan Vineyards, Cancion Tequila, Casino Del Sol, Chateau Tumbleweed, Hotel Congress, Dante’s Fire, Desert Forager, Dragoon Brewing Co., El Corral, Five-To-Oh! Coffee, Fork and Fire, Guido-Q Food Truck, Heirloom Farmers Market, Hensley Beverage Company, Huss Brewing Co., ​Iskashitaa Refugee Network, Juneshine, Kiss of Smoke, Mora Condiments, Noble Hops, Olive Oil Ring, The Garden Kitchen, Popped Artisan Popcorn, Queen Ceviche, Rainy Day Chocolate, Ranch Hand Brewing, Rey Azul Tequila & Soda, Rune Winery, San Tan Brewing Co., Seis Kitchen, Song and Sugar Sweets, Southern Wine and Spirits, Sunset Ride Vineyards, Tito’s Vodka, The Meading Room, The Royal Room, Thunder Canyon, Transit Tea, Tucson City Of Gastronomy, Tucson Foodie, Tucson Tea Company, Whiskey Del Bac, Wildflower, Zio Peppe, Zinburger, and more.


BY Emily Frantz