Chandler Museum presents Ninth Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-Off at Tumbleweed Ranch

Oct. 2, 2018
chuck wagon campfire

The Ninth Annual Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off will feature authentic chuck wagon teams demonstrating a bit of the 1880s Old West lifestyle and cooking up some tasty grub. The Dutch oven culinary competition takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, at Chandler’s Tumbleweed Ranch, an event space within Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road. The festivities are presented by the Chandler Museum, in partnership with Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch.

Participating chuck wagon teams strive for authenticity by wearing period dress and preparing their foods using cooking methods and utensils in the style of those used in 1880s cattle drives. Each team cooks 50 five-course meals over a wood fire: meat, potatoes, beans, bread and dessert.

Tickets for the noon meal cost $15 and go on sale at the event at 10 a.m. A limited number of tickets will be available to purchase on a first come, first served basis and they will sell out quickly. There are no pre-sales for these competition meals.

The Chuck Wagon Cook-off also will feature live musical entertainment produced by Valley Fever and featuring Barefoot and Pregnant from 10-11:30 a.m., as well as Jim Bachmann and the Good Timin' Friends Band from noon to 1:30 p.m. Vendors will be on hand selling unique gift items and western wares, and additional food vendors are on site throughout the event. Parking, admission and activities at this family friendly festival are free, with food and beverages available for purchase.

“The old west chuck wagon was the first food truck and the black iron pot, called a Dutch oven or camp oven, was the original slow cooker,” said Dave McDowell, a member of the Buiscuitflats Chuck Wagon team and President of the Pardners of Tumbleweed Ranch. “These meals are prepared by some of the best and most creative open fire cooks in the Southwest – it will be comfort food at its best.”

More information for the Chandler Chuck Wagon Cook-off can be found online at, or by calling 480-782-2701.