3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Sweet Repulic's Helen Yung with the folks behind Welcome Chicken + Donuts
Welcome Chicken + Donuts
Saturday, December 20

Don't freak out but this Saturday two of the Valley's top chefs will be teaming up with Welcome Chicken + Donuts to create some Japanese-themed specials. Sweet Republic's Helen Yung tells us that she's working with the new Phoenix restaurant on some ideas such as red bean filled donuts dusted with kinako (roasted soybean powder) and matcha salt and yuzu donuts with black sesame glazed. On the savory side, Lori Hashimoto of Hana will be helping to cook up some new fried chicken sauces. They're playing with idesa such as umeboshi, or Japanese salty pickled plums, fried chicken. There's even talk of sweet potato, marshmallow and pecan ice cream between two halves of a cake donut. The specials will be available this Saturday. For more information keep an eye on the Welcome Chicken + Donuts Facebook page.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Food City Tamale Festival
Saturday, December 13 and Sunday, December 14

This weekend Food City's annual Festival del Tamal will take over downtown Phoenix for a weekend of food, drink, and dancing. The event will be held on Saturday and Sunday between 1st Avenue and 4th Avenue on Washington Street. Look forward to tamales made from some of the best tamale-makers in the state, as well as Ballet Folklorico dancers, mariachis, arts and crafts, and more. Admission to the festival is free. Gates open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. on both days. The Best Tamale Contest will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday. For more information check the Food City website or call 480-895-5383.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Festiv-Ale
Saturday, December 6

Beer lovers looking to support a good cause this weekend can head to the Icehouse in downtown Phoenix for Fetiv-Ale, a beer tasting event to raise money for the non-profit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. General admission to the event costs $75 and includes a 4 oz. souvenir tasting glass, 12 beer tastings, and hors d'oeuvre stations from local restaurants. VIP admission is also available for $125, which includes catered passed hors d'oeuvres, two "Golden Tickets" for full pours of beer, one additional hour of private tasting, and a talk from special guest speaker AZ Wilderness Brewing owner Jonathan Buford. General admission check-in starts at 6 p.m. For more information or to purchase a ticket visit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation website.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Arizona Bacon Fest
Saturday, November 29

What's even better than bacon? Unlimited amounts of bacon. And that's what you'll find this weekend at the Arizona Bacon Festival at Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. This is a strictly non-vegetarian event where more than two dozen local restaurants will offer bacon enthusiasts a place to stuff themselves with crisp pieces of pork. Tickets are all-inclusive (including food and alcoholic beverages) and start at $45 for general admission/$55 at the door. Gates open at 3 p.m. and the bacon celebration goes until 7 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the Arizona Bacon Festival website.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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NovemBEER Festival
Saturday, November 22

Did you get your tickets yet? If not, don't worry. There's still time because we know you want to be there this Saturday for New Times' first NovemBEER Festival. The brew-centric fest will go down at the Arizona Center in downtown Phoenix from noon to 5 p.m. and will feature beers and ciders from dozens of local and national breweries. Look forward to 12 Arizona brewhouses including Four Peaks Brewing Co., Grand Canyon Brewing Co., Mother Road Brewing Co., and SunUp Brewing Co. Tickets to the event cost $35 for general admission and include 30 two ounce samples of beer. VIP tickets are also available for $55. For more information or to purchase tickets visit the NovemBEER Ticketfly website.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Get ready to taste some pie, Phoenix!
Pie Social
Saturday, November 15

Forks up, Phoenix! It's just about time for Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row's fifth annual Pie Social -- and trust us, you don't want to miss this year's lineup of celebrity chefs. The event will go down this Saturday at in the "What Should Go Here" pop up park from 2 to 5 p.m. We'll have pies from more than a dozen local celebrity chefs available for tasting, as well as pies baked by community members. To get in on the action you can either bring two pies for our community pie table or pay $10 for five tasting tickets. And once you've filled up on pie, you can hang out, enjoy some live music, and check out local art. For more details check out our Pie Social 2014: Illustrated Map and Field Guide.

We can't wait to see you there!


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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"Plant This Movie" Screening
Tomorrow

Head to The Farm at Agritopia in Gilbert tomorrow to check out a screening of "Plant This Movie," a new film that "explores the zeitgeist of urban farming around the world." The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with mingling and food from Jeff Kraus of Crêpe Bar and chef Adam Allison of Frank Food Truck. (By the way this will be Kraus' first time in a food truck in more than three years ago, so you can expect a don't-miss menu.) The movie screening will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will be followed by music from local band Day Before Plastics. Entry to the event ranges from $7 to $12. For more information about the event visit the Facebook page. For more information about the movie visit the "Plant This Movie" website.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Saturday, November 1 and Sunday, November 2

This weekend Barrio Queen Tequileria in Old Town Scottsdale will be offering a variety of dining and drinking specials in honor of Dia de Los Muertos. The restaurant and bar will have deals such as $10 Hibiscus Margaritas and $8 Cranberry Fall Sangria, as well as half off Espolon, KAH, and other skeleton themed tequilas and Day of the Dead Beer. For food, look forward to $6 Chorizo Queso Fundido, $22 Roasted Scallops, $20 Pollo Mole Negro, and $8 Pan Dulce. The festivities will also include face painting and sugar skull making for kids from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. (both days) and live music and dancing from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Sunday. Guests are also invited to bring photos of their loved ones to place on a traditional altar to honor the dead.


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3 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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On Friday people will try to set a record for the most participants in an apple-crunching event in downtown Phoenix.
Phoenix Food Day
Friday, October 24

Tomorrow you can head to Ceasar Chavez Plaza in downtown Phoenix to help celebrate healthy, sustainable, and affordable food at Phoenix Food Day. The free event will bring 50 exhibitors representing restaurants and local food groups to offer attendees food samples, nutrition information, gardening tips, and other activities. Exhibitors include Arizona Microgreens, Crooked Sky Farms, Nature's Sweetness, Slow Food Phoenix, and Up One Dessert Company. This year's event will also be the debut of the Food Day Café where you'll be able to see cooking demonstrations from expert chefs and nutritionists. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information visit the Phoenix Food Day website.


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3 Best Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Coppa Cafe chef Brian Konefal
Kelly Beef Tasting Dinner
Friday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18

It'll be a little bit of trek for diners to get up to Coppa Cafe in Flagstaff, but if this seven course Kelly Beef Tasting Dinner is anywhere near as good as chef Brian Konfal's usual fare then we promise it's going to be worth the drive. The dinner event will feature 100 percent natural, grass-fed beef from Kelly Beef used in dishes such as eye-round with roasted bone marrow consommé and leeks and wild blue sage fusilli pasta with shaved chuck steak and 36-hour braised tendon. You can view the entire menu on the Coppa Cafe website. The dinner, which costs $75 and begins at 7 p.m., will also feature desserts from pastry chef Paola Fioravanti. Space is limited and reservations can be made by calling 480-275-8888.


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