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Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

Experience a rare, up-close look at Western history at this FREE, family-friendly culinary event. Authentic 1880s chuck wagons from around the Southwest compete to cook up the best meals fit for the trail using slow-cook, wood-fire methods from the time period. See which wagon teams will win prizes for their efforts, while you get a taste of the Old West with a unique five-course meal from competitors. 

Enjoy live music, cooking demonstrations, Western artisans, storytelling, unique vendors, group tours and more! The event supports the educational development of Tumbleweed Ranch.

  Map to Tumbleweed Ranch


  • Tribute to our veterans
  • Junior Chuck Wagon Cook-Off
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Small plate chuck wagon food items for purchase
  • Evening campfire and s'mores


  • Chuck Wagon Competition and Lunch for purchase
  • Pioneer Pepper and the Sunset Pioneers
  • Artisan and vendor marketplace
  • Cooking demonstrations
  • Storytelling
  • Historic home tours
  • Wagon rides to the Railway Museum   

Lunch tickets sold only on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., and they always sell out quickly! For more information, call the Chandler Museum at 480-782-2717

For photos, winners, sponsors and other information on previous years' Cook-Offs, check out Chandlerpedia

What is the Chuck Wagon Cook-Off all about, and what will you see there? Take a look back at our first year of the Cook-Off, and meet the cast of characters who attend and compete each year. The event has grown to as many as 12 wagon teams--and now includes a variety of family activities and demonstrations in addition to the culinary competition! 

Chandler In Focus: 6th Annual Chuck Wagon Cook-Off

2016 Wagon Teams 

We can't wait to see you! Join us for this great competition and a chance to see old friends and make new friends! Click on links below for more information.

Applications due Friday, Sept. 16!

Thanks to the Wagon Teams who competed in 2015:

  Arizona Sharpshooters-- Phoenix, AZ
  Bar B--Wittman, AZ
(2nd Place Potatoes, 3rd Place Bread)
  Cannon Family-- Rimrock, AZ (3rd Place Potatoes, First Place Dessert)
  Circle J Chuckwagon Outfitters-- Chino Valley. AZ (2nd Place Meat, 1st Place Bread, Charlie Goodnight Award)
  Cowgirls Forever-- Phoenix, AZ (2nd Place Bread)
  Curly Cue-- Las Vegas, NV/ Coralles, NM (1st Place Meat, 3rd Place Beans, 2nd Place Authentic Wagon)
  E-Z Cattle Company-- Sonoita, AZ
  Grubline Wagon-- Pinedale, AZ
(First Place Dessert)
  M Bar Lazy B-- Rimrock, AZ (3rd Place Meat, 2nd Place Beans)
  Musselshell Wagon-- Roundup, MT (1st Place Beans, 3rd Place Authentic Wagon)
  Rockin RR-- Phoenix, AZ  (2015 Overall Champion, 1st Place Potatoes, 3rd Place Dessert, 1st Place Authentic Wagon)

Host Wagon: 
   Biscuitflats-- Chandler, AZ

Join us as a vendor!
Categories include: Food/Beverage Sales, Artists, Merchandise Sales, Non-Profit Organizations, and Business Informational. Vendors with an emphasis in providing cooking, local foods, and Western art or history-related items will have priority during the review process.

Become a vendor!


Help us keep this event free of charge and to raise funds for the educational programming at Tumbleweed Ranch!  Support the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off and enjoy exposure to thousands of event attendees, while highlighting your company's community involvement. Your brand will receive exposure in digital, radio, television and print advertising, depending on the level of sponsorship. 
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