Worth the Trip: El Zaribah CornFest
22nd annual El Zaribah Shriners Cornfest
It’s not impossible to find a corn festival this time of year, but most are a considerable drive away and take place beneath the unforgiving summer sun. This one, put on by the Shriners in Phoenix, is housed in an air-conditioned auditorium, where you’ll find more than 60 arts and crafts vendors, face-painting, balloon animals and clowns to entertain the kids, and mountains of super-sweet white corn on the cob brought in from the heart of California’s San Joaquin Valley.
Chow down on a meal of a hamburger or hot dog, beans, salad, chips and hot, buttered corn on the cob while you’re there ($5-$9 per plate), and grab some fresh, unshucked ears to enjoy at home later ($5 for six or $10 for 13). A $1-off coupon is available online.
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, and Sunday, Aug. 25. El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium, 552 N. 40th St. Free admission. Food tickets are $5-$9. (602) 231-0300 or www.El-Zaribah.org.
Proceeds from the event help the El Zaribah Shriners of Phoenix support more than 2,000 children enrolled in the Shriners Hospitals for Children system.