Photos by Joanie Simon

On Sunday, November 8, the 2020 Slider Throwdown is set to take over High Street for this annual “battle of the burger” benefitting the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF).

From noon to 3 p.m., attendees can enjoy samples of delicious sliders — in a variety of interpretations such as beef, chicken, veggie, and more — from some of the Valley’s most popular food trucks, all in the name of helping the AFFCF’s mission to support local foster children in need, in a COVID-19 friendly event environment.

“The Slider Throwdown is one of our favorite annual events because it brings the community together through food, fun, and entertainment,” says Kris Jacober, executive director of the AFFCF. “Without the support of our community through fundraisers like this, we could not continue to fulfill our vision of helping to give foster youth in Arizona the type of childhood that everyone deserves — so we are deeply grateful for every attendee.”

Throughout the event, local food truck vendors compete for the title of “Best Slider.” Select slider experts serve as judges, and event guests can vote on their favorite slider to be honored with the coveted “People’s Choice” Award. This year’s line-up of participants includes: Food Diva, Two Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Buzz N Bee, Aioli Burger, Bayou Bistro, Randizzle’s Food Truck, Tzikii Food Truck, and It’s Seoul Good.

Admission is $35 and includes samples of all sliders plus three drink tickets for redemption of non-alcoholic drinks. A silent auction will take place during the event, with a lot of exciting packages to be won, and live music by the Josh West Trio will keep the crowd on their feet.

In addition, the event will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols including social distancing, limited ticket sales, mask usage, hand sanitizing stations, etc. “We are excited to bring this event to High Street in a safe, secure and delicious environment on High Street,” says Jacober.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation (AFFCF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving foster children the opportunity for “normal” childhoods and prepare them for successful adulthoods through programming and scholarships. The AFFCF needs the community’s help to continue this important work for the more than 13,000 children currently in foster care in the state. Valley residents can do their part while (safely) socializing, shopping and sampling tasty sliders by purchasing tickets to the 2020 Slider Throwdown at