Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Weekend Eats

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Sara Dalton
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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Arizona Matsuri

Break out the Hello Kitty chopsticks and dry-clean that kimono because Arizona Matsuri, the 29th Annual Festival of Japan, is returning to Historic Heritage Square this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Celebrating all things native and notable to Japan, the two-day festival will feature omochi (rice cake) pounding demonstrations, Japanese lion dances, Japanese swordsmanship, karaoke, cosplay, karate, a ramune drinking contest, Japanese tea ceremony demonstrations, and more. The festival also will have plenty of food vendors on site, including: Arai Pastry, Asahi Bakery, Blue Fin, and Roka Akor. For more details and a full schedule of events, visit Arizona Matsuri online.

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Zachary Fowle
Battle of the Bartenders at Crescent Ballroom

Forget the Oscars; here's a competition you can really drink to this weekend. The Fourth Annual Battle of the Bartenders, presented by Devour Phoenix and Arroyo Vodka, will be happening this Sunday at Crescent Ballroom from 4 to 6 p.m. It's a mixology showdown featuring some of Phoenix's finest bartenders, including Bruce Heimbuck (Crescent Ballroom), Matt Tobey (District American Kitchen), John Hopkins (Hula's Modern Tiki), Jane Davidson (Maizie's Cafe), Joshua James (Parlor Pizzeria), Kyle Landry (Shady's Fine Ales and Cocktails), Zachariah Gillespie (St. Francis), and Matt Farrow (The Windsor). Admission is $10 and can be purchased online. For more information visit the Fourth Annual Devour Bartending Competition on Facebook.


Location Info

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Historic Heritage Square

115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

The Blue Fin

1401 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Roka Akor

7299 N. Scottsdale Road, Paradise Valley, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Crescent Ballroom

308 N. 2nd Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

District American Kitchen and Wine Bar

320 N. 3rd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Hula's Modern Tiki

4700 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Maizie's Cafe and Bistro

4750 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

The Parlor Pizzeria

1916 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Shady's

2701 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

St. Francis

111 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Windsor

5223 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Maya's Farm

6106 S. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Songbird Coffee & Tea House

214 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Luncha Libre

, Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Angels Trumpet Ale House

810 N. 2nd St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Music

Carly's Bistro

128 E. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: Restaurant

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