5 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix
The Great Arizona Picnic
Carol Blonder Sushi Roku's trio tasting from the Great Arizona Picnic in 2012.
Saturday, April 12
This Saturday and Sunday the Great Arizona Picnic will take over the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall in downtown Scottsdale. The Scottsdale Culinary Festival's signature two-day event will offer plenty for food and drink lovers of all types, including food samples from over 50 Valley restaurants, cooking demonstrations, and live music on three stages. The event also includes the Epicurian Expo, a showcase of cookware, knives and cutting-edge appliances, and the Southwest Festival of Beers, which will bring 200 specialty beers and some local breweries together for $1 beer samples. Tickets to the picnic, which runs from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from 6 p.m. on Sunday, cost $10 a person. Additional tickets are needed for admission to the Epicurian Expo, Southwest Festival of Beers, and other events. For more information see the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website.
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