22 Food and Drink Festivals in Metro Phoenix: Winter/Spring 2014

Categories: Chow Bella, Events

Diana Lustig
Fans of beer, barbecue, and '90s music gather at the Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival.

Christmas is long over, and you've blown your New Year's resolutions -- so, what the heck? It's time to party. We're here to help with Chow Bella's spring 2014 guide to food and drink festivals in metro Phoenix. It's a busy year. Get your calendars out.

See also: 10 Best Culinary Events in Metro Phoenix


January 25 and 26: Street Eats Food Truck Festival
Where: Salt River Fields
Cost: $12 per person admission (free for kids 12 and under); VIP tickets cost $50.
What to eat: Samples from dozens of food trucks, including Jamburritos and Mamma Toledo's. Also beer, cocktails, and cooking demos.

See also: Street Eats Food Truck Festival at Salt River Fields on January 25 and 26; Here's the Lineup of Trucks

January 31: Haute Chocolate Market & Festival
Where: Heard Museum
Cost: $40 for single, $70 for two before January 30, and $45 at the door
What to eat: Of course, sample all the chocolate you can. All menu items are prepped with chocolate, including the blue corn tostada salad with cocoa and chili shrimp. Top the night off with a chocolate cocktail.


February 1: 6 Alarm Firehouse Cook-off Showdown
Where: Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts
Cost: $45 and tickets include food and drinks
What to eat/drink: Heat your taste buds on the battle dishes of six firehouses and six Valley restaurants, then enjoy some cocktails at the bar during a mixology competition.

William Westfall
Fresh caramel apples with various toppings.

February 7 through 9: Glendale Chocolate Affaire
Where: Murphy Park
Cost: Free
What to eat: You can ease into the chocolate extravaganza with chocolate-covered nuts or chocolate-covered strawberries or devour chocolate-covered cheesecake or fried Twinkies or Snickers dipped in chocolate. Cerreta's, the event sponsor, also will offer guests tours of its factory so all can see how its chocolate is created.

February 8 through March 30: Arizona Renaissance Festival
Where: Renaissance Festival Fairgrounds
Cost: $22 for adults, $12 for children and ticket deals online or at Fry's Food
What to eat: Upgrade your tickets to $69.95 and indulge in the Pleasure Feast. The price includes admission, a five-course feast including prime rib or chicken, over an hour of entertainment, beverages, and a special-edition feast goblet.

February 9: Taste in Tempe
Where: Tempe Center for the Arts
Cost: $59 for general, $49 for Tempe residents
What to eat/drink: Educate yourself on wine, learn something new during cooking demonstrations with celebrity chefs, and taste what participating chefs have to offer.

February 14 through 16: Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival
Where: Downtown Scottsdale
Cost: $3 for general admission and $10 for wine tasting and a souvenir glass
What to eat/drink: Indulge in wines and chocolates while strolling through the Scottsdale Waterfront.

February 14 through 21: Arizona Cocktail Week
Where: Varies depending on event.
Cost: Varies depending on event.
What to drink: In its third year, Arizona Cocktail Week is the prime time to see and taste what local mixologists are shaking up. Guests can learn how to mix at home and attend competitions. Purchase a wristband to get specials on drinks at bars, lounges and restaurants the whole week.

Location Info


Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Technique at Le Cordon Bleu

4301 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: Restaurant

Murphy Park

58th Ave. and Glendale Ave., Glendale, AZ

Category: General

Renaissance Festival Grounds

12601 E. US-60, Gold Canyon, AZ

Category: General

Tempe Center for the Arts

700 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Downtown Scottsdale

Fifth Ave. at Goldwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Steele Indian School Park

300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Historic Heritage Square

115 N. Sixth St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Historic Downtown Litchfield Park

101 W. Wigwam Blvd., Litchfield Park, AZ

Category: General

Tempe Beach Park

54 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Encanterra Country Club

36460 N. Encanterra Drive, San Tan Valley, AZ

Category: General

Margaret T. Hance Park

1134 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Dr. A.J. Chandler Park

3 S. Arizona Ave., Chandler, AZ

Category: General

Scottsdale Quarter

15279 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Salt River Fields

7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General


1 E. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

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Mikey Lee
Mikey Lee

Food and drink festivals? How about a fucking MUSIC FESTIVAL!!! And not one with two good bands and 12 shitty ones.

Athena Tyrrell
Athena Tyrrell

Wow! interesting ones are high priced-I will pass! Best things in life are free or near free.

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Two Gals Event Planning

Join the GATEKEEPERS MC Arizona for the 6 Alarm Firehouse Cook-Off on Saturday February 1st!!! go to www.twogalsevents.com Thank you New Times for adding this event to your list!!!

Irene Scali Rutigliano
Irene Scali Rutigliano

Going to Haute Chocolate at the Heard. If it's as good as last year it will be great! Chocolate Fashion show sounds awesome!

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