5 Best Things To Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Phoenix New Times
Hot wings
Wingstock 2014
Saturday, April 19

The "hottest festival in the Valley" is going down Saturday at the Mesa Amphitheatre. At Wingstock Arizona 2014, Valley restaurants (including House of Brews in Gilbert and The Vine Tavern & Eatery in Tempe) will compete for the title of "Wingstock King of Wings." Entertainment will include live music from Laura Walsh, wing-eating contests, and an egg hunt for kids. Admission ($5 in advance or $7 at the door) does not include wing coupons. Those will be available for $3 for 4 coupons or $10 for 14 and will get you one wing each. The festival gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Wingstock AZ website.


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

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Carol Blonder
Sushi Roku's trio tasting from the Great Arizona Picnic in 2012.
The Great Arizona Picnic
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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5 Best Places to Eat and Drink This Week in Metro Phoenix

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Katie Johnson
Eat, Drink and Be Pretty at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival 2013
Casablanca Lounge
Tuesday, April 8

The 2014 Scottsdale Culinary Festival will kick off with the Opening Night Affair at Casablanca Lounge in Old Town Scottsdale. The event will be "a stylish salute to classic Hollywood," with red carpet, vintage cocktails from Campari, small bites, magic, music, and a cigar lounge. Tickets to the 21-and-over event, which begins at 7 p.m., cost $40 a person and are available online. For other Scottsdale Culinary Festival events going on throughout the week -- including the Chocolate and Wine Experience, Bubbles and Bliss, and Eat, Drink and Be Pretty -- check out the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website.

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

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Diana Lustig
Loaded Pork Nacho's from Raging Cajun Smoking Barbecue. (From Arizona Barbecue Festival 2013 at Salt River Fields slideshow)
Arizona Barbecue Festival
Saturday, April 5

This Saturday the "Biggest Honky Tonk in Town," the fifth annual Arizona Barbecue Festival will take over Scottsdale's Salt River Fields. The event will bring together more than 25 top barbecue purveyors, local restaurants, and numerous bars for an event that expects to draw more than 15,000 people. Attendees can look forward to 'cue from Little Miss BBQ, Honey Bears, Piggly's, Tom's BBQ, Whiskey Ranch, Sally's, Steel City BBQ, Montana BBQ, Ragin' Cajun and more, as well as bacon creations from Pig & Pickle, Oink Café, Over Easy, and Crepe Bar at the festival's new Bacon Zone. Other entertainment will include chef demos, live music, and the Redneck Games Arena with contests such as arm wrestling, watermelon seed spitting, bobbing for pig's feet, and keg rolling. Admission costs $12 and parking is free. Gates open at 11 a.m. and the party ends at 8 p.m. For more information visit the Arizona BBQ Festival website.

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5 Best Things To Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Diana Lustig
Flancer's puts the finishing touches on the goat cheese bruschetta at last year's festival.
Check, Please! Arizona Festival
Sunday, March 30

This weekend brings the second annual Check, Please! Arizona Festival to CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The event, hosted by Channel 8 and co-sponsored by Chow Bella, will bring more than 30 local independent restaurants together for an afternoon of food and drink sampling, panel discussions, and more. Participating restaurants include some of our favorite spots like Cowboy Ciao, Rancho Pinot, America's Taco Shop, and Tarbell's but we're particularly looking forward the James Beard Award winner discussion panel, to be lead by chef Robert McGrath. He'll be joined by Nobuo Fukuda and Christopher Gross, both of whom will also offer presentations of their own. Be sure to check out our list of 5 Things Not to Miss at the Check, Please! Arizona Festival on March 30 and get more information on ticket prices here.


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

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Nikki Buchanan
Johnny Chu presiding over the kitchen at Sochu House.
Johnny Chu's RedThai
Friday, March 21

Earlier this year, we told you that chef Johnny Chu, of Sochu House in Phoenix and T. Spot in Chandler, was planning to open two new spots in Phoenix. And as of this weekend, fans of the chef's Asian cuisine will wait no longer to experience the newest concepts. Chu is opening RedThai Southeast Asian Kitchen at 7822 North 12th Street (12th Street and Northern) this week. The restaurant will be serving Thai and Vietnamese cuisines including pho and Thai noodle dishes -- also including a bar and Southeast Asian street eats, curries, spring rolls, and clay-pot creations. The restaurant will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.


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

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Green beer will be flowing this weekend.
St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire
Saturday, March 15

Phoenix's 31st annual St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire will kick off this Saturday at 10 a.m. with a parade and faire at the Irish Cultural Center on the west side of Hance Park. The faire will include three stages with Irish music and dancing, as well as Irish food and drink, games, and crafts. Admission costs $10 for adults and teens, $8 for seniors and military, and free for kids 12 and under. For more information visit the St. Patrick's Day Parade and Faire website.

And don't forget to check out our Field Guide to Irish Pubs in Metro Phoenix as you search for the perfect place to post up on St. Paddy's.


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

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Lauren Saria
Get your malasada (or Portuguese doughnut) on this weekend at the Aloha Festival.
Arizona Aloha Festival
Saturday, March 8

This weekend, the 20th annual Arizona Aloha Festival will go down at Tempe Town Lake, bringing Hawaiian and Polynesian culture to the Valley. In addition to live performances and tons of vendors (you know you want one of those dashboard hula girls), you'll be able to pig out on a variety of Hawaiian eats including kalua pork, SPAM musubi, and more. And don't forget our favorite dessert, malasadas, a Portuguese confection similar to a doughnut. Admission to the festival, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both day, is free. For more information visit the Arizona Aloha Festival website.


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

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Diana Lustig
Sierra Bontia Grill and Catering served Scott Bissel's slow smoked beef tenderloin, with green chile, cheddar mashed potatoes, and gunpowder au jus at Devoured 2013.
Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic
Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2

The culinary event of the year is finally here, which means this weekend dozens of the Valley's best chefs will gather at the Phoenix Art Museum for the annual Devoured Culinary Classic. Catch restaurants including Clever Koi, FnB, Roka Akor, and Crudo for a day of food and drink tastings from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on both days. We're particularly looking forward to a preview of the menu for the soon to open Pink Pony in Scottsdale and a taste of something new from Nocawich in Phoenix. The event will take place rain or shine, so if you're heading out Saturday don't forget your umbrella. For more information check the Devoured website.

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

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Sara Dalton
Members of Washington Elementary's Taka Taiko performing at the festival in 2011.
Arizona Matsuri Festival
Saturday, February 22

The annual Arizona Matsuri Festival will take over Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The event includes three stages with live entertainment, arts and crafts, bonsai displays, and Japanese food. Be sure to catch Shan Ichiyanagai, "The Candyman," perform amezaiku (or Japanese candy sculpting), and adults can hit the Asahi Beer Garden, where they'll be serving Asahi beer and three types of premium Japanese sake. For a complete list of entertainment and food vendors, visit the Arizona Matsuri website.


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