Caramelpalooza 2013: Buy Tasting Tickets Now

Categories: Caramelpalooza

Jonathan McNamara
Caramelpalooza 2011 -- in style.
Polish off that sweet tooth, Phoenix, because Caramelpalooza 2013's just a little more than a week away.

Smeeks and Chow Bella's fourth annual caramel tasting will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, April 5, at UNION -- a new location but the same sugar rush (more, in fact) you've enjoyed in years past.

For the past few weeks we've been getting cozy with the caramel makers, and now we have some news about how to get tasting tickets for the event.

See also:
- Announcing the Caramel Makers for Smeeks & Chow Bella's Caramelpalooza 2013!
- Muñeca Mexicana's Minerva Orduño Rincón: Caramelpalooza Candymakers 2013

This year's Caramelpalooza will benefit the Arizona Humane Society. You can show up the night of the event (we suggest you come early, tickets will go quickly) and buy tickets, or you can purchase tickets online now.

Purchase Caramelpalooza tasting tickets here.

Either way, it's $10 for 5 tickets. With 20 caramel makers competing, you'll want to study up on the chef profiles we've been sharing here on Chow Bella and plan your strategy accordingly. Caramel makers will compete for awards, including Best in Show and People's Choice.

In the coming days we'll announce a contest to choose a reader judge for the event, and we'll be sharing our Caramelpalooza Field Guide.

See you April 7!

Once again, the competing chefs:

Veronica Arroyo, Bourbon Steak
Stacey Barnes and Donna Hansen, Goodytwos Toffee Company
Patrick Boll and Jason Raducha, The P. Joseph Project
Brady Breese, Urban Cookies
Monica Castillo, Churn
Denise Clayton, Denise is Cooking
Amanda Crick and Erin Glassburn, Tonto & Cartwright's
Donna Croyle and Julie Schobert, Twist Caramels
Tracy Dempsey, Tracy Dempsey Originals
LaDawn Driscoll, The Herb Box
Slade Grove, Slade Grove Creative Gourmet
Kathryn James, Sweets by 5ftLatina
Jeff Kraus, Crepe Bar
Jill McNamara, Millie's Caramels
Rachel Miller, Pistol Whipped Pastry
Minerva Orduño Rincón, Muñeca Mexicana
Lisa and Jim Rast, NutWhats
Virginia Senior, Urban Beans
Eugenia Theodosopoulos, Essence Bakery Cafe
Traci Zitzer and Russell Johnson, Urban Table

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Location Info

UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park

2502 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Millie's Sweet and Savory Caramel Varieties

2243 N. 12th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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Omar Zamora
Omar Zamora

Devin is still so Caramelpalooza famous.


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If the past years are any indication, that seems really expensive for what a lot of the contestants offer..


@Concerned_Food_Fan $2 is a little high for a tiny candy, but many Caramelpalooza contestants have always offered big, fancy samples, and for unique locally crafted treats that benefit a charity, $10 for five tastes is not bad at all. Last year's opening moments saw a swarm of in-the-know freebie-seeking locusts denude the tables like rude trick-or-treaters, and I found that eating everything I got on the spot (so that I could vote) left me feeling a bit sick, while stashing all the non-frozen caramel items and fleeing the scene is just bad form. Maybe this will help strike a happy medium. Team up with a friend and split tastes! Looking forward to more details in the Field Guide.

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