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