Ten Favorite Arizona Summer Festivals and Adventures for Food, Wine, and Beer Lovers
Summer travel season is here -- so we've made you a list of food and drink adventures. It might be stretching it a bit to call them all day trips -- if you do attempt them, be sure to bring along a designated driver!
This way to food adventures!
Cheesemaking Class at The Fossil Creek Creamery, Pine -- Just north of Payson (about an hour and half from Phoenix) in the little town of Pine sits one of Arizona's finest producers of goat cheese. The Fossil Creek Creamery at The Fossil Creek Ranch churns out creamy chevre and tangy havarti from the milk of their pampered goats. You can learn to make your own cheese every Friday and Saturday morning throughout the summer. Creamery owner and head cheesemaker John Bittner will assist you in making your own batch of chevre and teach you the ins and outs of cheddar and havarti. The class costs $95 per person and includes Ricki Carroll's book- Basic Cheesemaking. Class size is limited to six people. Call 928-476-5178 to save your seat.
The 22nd Annual Strawberry Festival, Strawberry -- This quaint little festival features a little something for everyone, including quilting, arts and crafts, live music, and fun activities for kids, but we're heading north for the vibrant strawberry treats. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, and Sunday, June 10, at the Pine/Strawberry Community Center, indulge in homemade strawberry shortcake, strawberry ice cream, and chocolate-dipped strawberries. It's a far cry from the giant California Strawberry Festival, but it's still a fun out-of-town event. Admission is free, bring cash for strawberry treats.
The Mile High Brewfest, Prescott -- Find a designated driver and head up to Prescott on Saturday, June 16, for the very first Mile High Brewfest. From noon to 7 p.m. sample craft beers from breweries across the state on the beautiful lawn of the historic courthouse building in downtown Prescott. Lumberyard, Four Peaks, Prescott Brewing, and maybe even a few Arizona wineries will be in attendance along with a slew of food vendors. Tickets are $20 and include a Brewfest pint glass.
Agua Linda Farms Garlic and Onion Festival, Tucson -- The only one of its kind in the state, Tucson farm Agua Linda celebrates its garlic and onion harvest with a festival complete with hayrides, a petting zoo, and tasty grilled eats featuring freshly harvested garlic and onions. The farm's fourth annual event will be taking place June 8, 9, and 10 on its cool, elevated lawn from 4 to 9 p.m. Admission is just $5 per car. Don't forget to take home a stockpile of garlic and onions for your pantry.