From Chocolate to BBQ, 17 Festivals to Hit in Metro Phoenix
The Festival: Glendale Chocolate Affaire
The Dates: February 3 - 5
The Theme: Chocolate, just in time for Valentine's Day!
What To Eat: Endless chocolate from more than 30 chocolatiers from across the country. There will be the usual suspects like chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate ice cream, as well as treats from the likes of Le Napoleon Pastries (chocolates), Krispy Creations (cupcakes), and chocolate-dipped apples from San Francisco Chocolate Factory.
What Else You Need To Know: There will be savory food stations to power the chocoholics with substance, and the event s completed with chocolate pizza stations and with live performances by local acts and a six segment Romance Novelist Workshop. Steamy (just don't melt the chocolate).
The Festival: The Great Canadian Picnic
The Date: February 4
The Theme: Oh, Canada. This will the picnic's 60th anniversary.
What To Eat: Food will be provided by the Armadillo Grill, which serves up Tex-Mex (huh?). But since it's a picnic you're welcome to bring your own food as well. The site says nothing about pancakes or bacon...
What Else You Need To Know: The event is free to the public and will include music, auctions, and even a raffle.
The Dates: February 11 - 14
The Theme: Celebrating the Arizona Centennial with 100 years of state history
What to Eat: Some of your everyday fair food, sprinkled with southwest fare. We're hoping for Sonoran hot dogs and prickly pear fruit.
What Else You Need To Know: It's located at the state capital building and it's free to come join the party.
|Soda, pizza -- and turkey legs at the RenFest.|
The Dates: Saturdays and Sundays from February 11 - April 1
The Theme: Everything and anything Renaissance. Kings, queens, jokers, damsels in distress.
What to Eat: Turkey legs, of course. Wash one down with a Medieval Margarita, a Da Vinci Colada -- or a Diet Coke. Then there's the Pleasure Feast, which for $69.95 (that covers your typically $22 admission fee) will include a five course meal, beverages, and entertainment from festival royalty. (Check out our assessment of RenFest fare from last year's festival.)
What Else You Need To Know: Parking is free, but admission tickets day-of isn't: $22 for adults, 12 for children ages 5-12 (free if you're under five), and $19 for those 60 and older.
The Festival: Strong Beer Festival
The Dates: February 18 - 25
The Theme: Brought to you by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild, the focus will be on beers from near and far.
What To Eat: Well, there will be food. But virtually all of it will be paired and somehow revolving around (wait for it...) beer. Pale ales, lagers, stouts, porters, everything.
What Else You Need To Know: Bring your sea legs -- and cab fare. They don't call it strong for nothing.
The Festival: The 26th Annual Fountain Hills Great Fair
The Dates: February 24 - 26
The Theme: Created by the Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce, the fair will feature art of all kinds from around the Valley.
What to Eat: Last year's fair featured loads of street food, from Thai food and funnel cake to cheese steaks and Dippin' Dots. Fountain Hills restaurants Phil's Place and Ahnala will also be serving.
What Else You Need To Know: The admission is free for this event that usually attracts more than 200,000 visitors.