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

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Get your salsa on this weekend in Maricopa.
Salsa Festival
Saturday, March 28

This weekend, head to Maricopa for the city's 11th annual Salsa Festival, during which salsa chefs compete for prizes including a grand prize of $1,000. The event will be held at Copper Sky Regional Park from 3 to 7 p.m. and will feature live entertainment from groups including Havana Soul, Ballet Folklorico Fuego de Phoenix, and Desert Sun Performing Arts. Attendees also will be able to taste salsa entries in categories such as hot, mild, and unusual and then vote in the People's Choice category. Admission to the event is free, but on-site parking costs $5 and salsa samples cost $1 each. For more information about the event, visit the Salsa Festival website.


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

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Evie Carpenter
Flancer's served a goat cheese bruschetta to guests at last year's festival.
Check, Please! Arizona Festival
Sunday, March 22

Fans of Eight's Check, Please! Arizona can sample food and meet chefs from some of the restaurants that have been featured on the popular show at the Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape. The event, which is a fundraiser for Eight, Arizona PBS and is co-sponsored by New Times, will feature more than 25 local restaurants including Haus Murphy's, Tarbell's, Cowboy Ciao, Rancho Pinot, Durant's, and Amy's Baking Company, as well as wine and beer pairings from participating wineries and breweries. The event also includes cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, and a "wine tour," with appearances from chefs including Robert McGrath, Christopher Gross, Chris Bianco, and more. Tickets start at $79 and gates open at 11 a.m. For more information visit the Check, Please! Arizona Festival website.


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

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Gilbert Food Court
Friday, March 13

Tomorrow the Gilbert Food Truck Food Court will move to a new location and launch as the Gilbert Food Court and Market. After outgrowing its previous space, the weekly food truck roundup has relocated to the Gilbert Park and Ride parking lot at 119 W. Page Avenue. From 5:30 to about 9 p.m., you'll be able to find 30 food trucks and, in a new addition to the event, 30 vendors selling everything from jewelry and handbags, to clothing, home décor, and bath and body products. This week's lineup of food trucks includes Aioli Gourmet Burgers and Catering, BANG BANG Dumpling, Liberty's Biscuits, Roadriggers, The Roasted Shallot, and many more. For more information check the Gilbert Food Truck Food Court Facebook page.


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

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Little Cleo's new happy hour features $1 oysters and $2 champagne pours.
Happy Hour at Little Cleo's
Today

In honor of National Absinthe Day (which is today, by the way) Little Cleo's Seafood Legend at The Yard in Phoenix is launching a new happy hour that features deals on shellfish, champagne, and, of course, absinthe. The restaurant's new happy hour includes $1 oysters and $1 shrimp, as well as $2 house champagne pours and half off all absinthe and all absinthe cocktails. That deal covers the aptly-named absinthe cocktail Death in the Afternoon made with absinthe, dry sparkling wine, and simple syrup. The restaurant's happy hour will be available Mondays through Saturday form 4 to 5 p.m.


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

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Evie Carpenter
Old Town Scottsdale's Saturday morning farmers market
Edible Education Series
Saturday, February 28

Springtime means the return of the Edible Education series at the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market and this weekend the free lesson will be taught buy Lynne Sczruba of Monarch Garden Box. From 10 to 11 a.m. at the at the Co-Liverys' Carriage House Sczruba will teach a class called Cultivate: Growing and Cooking with Fresh Herbs and Edible Flowers. The series runs every Saturday morning through May 9, with future classes taught by Natalie Morris, Sweet Republic's Helen Yung, chef Claudio Urciuoli, Chrysa Robertson of Rancho Pinot, and mixologist Kim Haasarud. You can view a complete schedule of Edible Education classes on the La Bella Terre website.

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

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Tempe Empty Bowls
Tomorrow and Saturday, February 21

This Friday and Saturday you can help fight local hunger by heading to the Tempe Empty Bowls event. Attendees can purchase a handmade ceramic bowl for $10, which Whole Foods will fill with a simple lunch of soup and bread. Proceeds from the bowls will go to local charities including the Tempe Community Action Agency, the Escalante Community Garden, and United Food Bank's Kid's Café program. On Friday, the event will be held at 6th Street Park (just south of City Hall in Downtown Tempe) and on Saturday at the Community Center Courtyard at 3500 South Rural Road. Both events will go from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information check the Tempe Empty Bowls Facebook.


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

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Jeremiah Toller
Beer lovers better hit up the Strong Beer Festival this weekend.
Strong Beer Festival
Saturday, February 14

This weekend kicks off Arizona Beer Week and on Saturday the festival's marquee event, the Strong Beer Festival, will take over Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. The event brings together dozens of craft breweries that will pour hundreds of different types of beers. General admission, which costs $45, includes a commemorative 4 ounce tasting glass, as well as 40 samples (2 ounce pours) of beers. Food will be available for purchase and free water bottles will be available. Gates open at 1 p.m. and last call will be at 4:45. For tickets or more information check the Arizona Beer Week website. (Arizona Beer Week events run from today through Saturday, February 21.)


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Evie Carpenter
Maine Lobster Roll from The Maine Lobster Lady
Street Eats Food Truck Festival
Saturday, February 7 and Sunday, February 8

This weekend the biggest street food celebration in the Southwest takes over Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. The fourth annual event, co-sponsored by New Times, will feature dozens of trucks including The Grilled Cheese Truck, Press Italian Street Food, Maine Lobster Lady, Mustache Pretzels, and Bang Bang Dumplings. Admission to the festival costs $12 and food and drink tickets will be available for $2 each. Gates open at 11 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. both days. The event also includes live music, cooking demonstration, and contests, and more. For more information check the Street Eats Food Truck Festival website.


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Truckin' Awesome Super Fest
Today through Saturday, January 31

This weekend you can get a sneak peek at the soon-to-open DeSoto Central Market located at 915 N. Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix by heading to the three-day Truckin' Awesome Super Fest. The party will be held on the outdoor patio and will feature food trucks and a beer and wine garden, as well as live music and DJs. The dog and bike-friendly event will also include ping pong, corn hole, and arts and crafts vendors so you can soak up some rays while you enjoy your beer. Admission to the festival is free. Gates open at 4 p.m. and the party goes until 11 p.m. For more information check the Facebook event page.


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

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Evie Carpenter
The lobster roll from the Maine Lobster Lady.
Maine Lobster Lady
Friday, January 23

Every summer we watch her go and wait impatiently for her return. We spend the hottest month of the year yearning for a the taste of fresh lobster in a buttery, toasted roll. Yeah, that's right, we're talking about the Maine Lobster Lady, who returned to the Valley earlier this month. This Friday you can catch her at the Capitol Lawn (17th Avenue between Jefferson and Adams) where she'll be serving up lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with other trucks including The Great Pho King Truck, Frank Food Truck, Luncha Libre, and Grilled Addiction. On Saturday night, you can get your lobstah on at the Food Truck Caravan in Scottsdale (5th Avenue and Goldwater) from 6 to 9 p.m. For more dates and locations check the Maine Lobster Lady Facebook page.


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