Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend

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A little sugar and a little spice adds up to one very nice festival.
Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate.

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Chiles & Chocolate Festival (Four Days Long!)

Forget about boring food duos like peanut butter and jelly, peas and carrots, and bread and butter. Chiles and chocolate are much more flavorful, and this weekend the pairing is getting its very own festival. Today through Monday, the Chile & Chocolate Festival is at the Desert Botanical Garden from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. There will be a wide variety of samples available, from gourmet chocolates and brownies to freshly roasted chiles and chicken mole. Festival entry is included with paid admission to the garden ($8 to $18); members get in for free. In addition to plenty of chile and chocolate foods, there will be a bar featuring chocolate martinis, a Latin DJ spinning beats, and live dance performances.

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Zach Fowle
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Beer for Brains RAREaffair

Feel noble about drinking beer this Saturday at the Beer for Brains RAREaffair, a charity event that uses craft beer to raise awareness about brain cancer. There will be no shortage of incredible beers, provided by Papago Brewing Company, Bell's Brewery, New Belgium, and more. Scottsdale's Sonoran Brewing Company will also be serving a special concoction, the RAREaffair ale. Just in case beer isn't your thing, there will also be wine, whiskey, tequila, vodka, and other spirits. Unlimited food samples will be provided by local restaurants such as Praying Monk, Lon's at the Hermosa Inn, SanTan Brewing Company, and O.H.S.O. Eatery + Nanobrewery. The event, held at the Arizona Science Center, also includes live music, an airbrush artist painting the Beer for Brains logo on event-goers' heads, silent auctions, and prize raffles. General admission ($90) begins at 7:30 that evening; VIPs ($175) get early entry at 6:30 p.m.

Location Info


Desert Botanical Garden

1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Arizona Science Center

600 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Papago Brewing Company

7107 E. McDowell Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Music

Sonoran Brewing Company

3002 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Praying Monk - CLOSED

7217 E. 1st St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Lon's at the Hermosa

5532 N. Palo Cristi Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

San Tan Brewing Company

8 San Marcos Place, Chandler, AZ

Category: Music

O.H.S.O. Eatery & NanoBrewery

4900 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Sweet Republic

9160 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hotel Valley Ho

6850 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Tammie Coe Cakes - CLOSED

4410 N. 40th St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Urban Cookies and Bakeshop

4711 N. Seventh St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

24 Carrots

1701 East Guadalupe, Tempe, AZ

Category: Restaurant

ABC Cake Decorating Supplies

2853 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Province at the Westin Hotel

333 N. Central, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Maizie's Cafe and Bistro

4750 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails

2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

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