24 Food and Drink Festivals in Metro Phoenix
Festival season's about to hit full tilt. Are you ready? Now you are. Here are some of our favorite local food & beverage events happening from now until the end of April:
Jennifer Woods St. Francis flaunts their culinary prowess at Devoured Phoenix 2012
2/1 - Haute Chocolate Market & Festival
Where: Heard Museum
Price: $30 in advance, $35 day of the event and $45 for VIP
What to Eat: While the chocolate showpiece competition is sure to turn out some spectacular cocoa art, we're in it for the chocolate wine. Maybe it'll be chili enough to enjoy a Mayan hot chocolate later on in the night too.
2/2 - 6 Alarm Firehouse Cook-off Showdown
Where: Sub-Zero Wolf Showroom
What to Eat: Taste for yourself which team of firefighters' cuisine reigns supreme. Not only can you judge for yourself, all proceeds will go to the 100 Club of Arizona.
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2/8-10 - Glendale Chocolate Affaire
William Westfall Chocolate covered strawberries by the pile at 2012's Glendale Chocolate Affaire
Where: Murphy Park in downtown Glendale
What to eat: If you need any more reason than Cerreta's sponsorship of the event, just imagine how impressed your sweetie will be getting a pre-Valentine's Day chocolate smorgasbord. This year they'll be covering bacon, churros, crepes, and key lime pie in chocolate along with probably pretty much everything else.
2/9 - Mardi Gras Parade, Festival & Pub Crawl
Where: Starting at CityScape
Price: Free, limited tickets on sale for the pub crawl for $15
What to Eat or Drink: While there will be tons of vendors at the festival and lots of family fun at the parade, we're more excited for the Mardicrawl, which will take groups of crawlers through about 30 different local bars.
2/9 - The Good Life Festival
Where: Encanterra Country Club
Price: $20 for GA, $70 for VIP
What to Eat: Food trucks and wine tastings are easy to come by, but on top of that, The Good Life fest promises celebrity chef appearances from Ace of Cakes' Duff Goldman, Tyler Florence and the Valley's own Aaron May.
2/9 - 3/31 - Arizona Renaissance Festival
Where: Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
Price: $22 for adults, $12 for children 5-12 (with cheaper tickets available online and at Fry's grocery stores)
What to eat: Don't be caught with the peasants gnawing on their turkey legs-- medieval culinary enthusiasts are encouraged to upgrade their tickets to join the pleasure feast. This year's menu is Italiano rustico with five courses and a souvenir goblet, along with admission and more, for $69.95.
2/15-17 - Waterfront Fine Art, Wine & Chocolate Festival
Where: Scottsdale Waterfront
What to Eat: If you haven't had enough chocolate by now, munch on some more while washing it down with a glass of vino.
2/17 - Flavors of the West
Where: Historic Downtown Litchfield Park
Price: $45 for GA, $100 for VIP, $10 for kids under 12
What to Eat: Local West Valley eats, unlimited tastings from 25 different vendors and all for the price of a ticket which proceeds benefit the Phoenix Children's Hospital? You got yourself a deal, Flavors of the West fest!
2/16-22 - Arizona Cocktail Week
Where: Varies depending on event.
Price: Varies depending on event.
What to Drink: With events all week, you can try out all the new trends in the cocktail world. We're excited for the Micro-Distillery Artisanal Happy Hour, Cocktail Carnival and Bloody Bar.