The time is near when wildflowers blossom, crops ripen and delectable food festivals fill our calendar. Here are the details on this year’s spring food and beverage festivals in Phoenix.
The competition heats up as over a dozen of greater Phoenix's best chefs and restaurants go head to head for the title of Best Burger. Guests are challenged to taste all the burgers, and then vote for the burger with the best bite to bestow the People’s Choice Award. Meanwhile, a panel of chefs and culinary experts will taste their way through the smoking grills to select the Judge’s Choice Award.
The Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival will feature more than 40 BBQ Pitmasters from local, regional and national restaurants and BBQ competition teams – ready to serve the masses their slow-smoked delicious meats and sides. Plus, for the first time ever, the fest will feature more beer, wine and spirit selections including vodka, whiskey, and bourbon.
New and improved experience this year include two added stages, live cooking demos, art installations, themed bars with interactive games, creative cocktails, mechanical bull riding competition, local community entertainment, eating competition, march madness lounge, expanded kids zone, and the return of the Corral zone and VIP area for country music fans and guests looking to elevate their festival experience.
Flavors of the West is a culinary extravaganza that celebrates the flavors of the West Valley. Area chefs will come together in Litchfield Park to show off their culinary masterpieces in a daytime event for foodies. The event will offer a family-friendly atmosphere with great food, wine, entertainment, and outdoor activities. Ticket price includes two hours of food sampling followed by two hours of fun and music, a kid's zone and live performance.
Great Arizona Beer Festival
This craft beer tasting extravaganza will showcase over 200 brews from more than 50 breweries from across the state, country and around the globe each providing samples of their proudest brewing achievement.
AZ Wine & Dine will showcase Arizona’s premier chefs, restaurants, resorts, fine wines and craft beer. The hip Scottsdale Quarter location sets the perfect tone for a magical evening of food and wine. The top chefs from renowned restaurants and resorts will offer culinary delights while rocking jazz beats fill the Arizona night sky. Boutique wines and craft beers will be paired with each dish to ensure a palate-pleasing experience in a fun, festive atmosphere.
The My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge is a culinary event featuring restaurants, businesses and individuals competing to make the best salsa in their category. Competitors prepare fresh salsa on-site in either the mild or hot category. Come taste more than 100 homemade salsas, listen to live music, enjoy margaritas, cold beers, great grilled food, and vote for your favorite salsa chef.
Highlights of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival include 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden and much more. The Scottsdale Culinary Festival weekend provides attendees with the opportunity to taste as many foods from as many restaurants as your stomach will allow on acres of park bliss.
Don’t miss out on the chance to try over 150 savory and sweet cocktails from local and boutique distilleries.This year will feature additional demonstrations, foods to pair and a variety of spirits with a dash of beer and wine sprinkled in. Aerial Bartenders will delight, while guest enjoy cocktails, music, tasty food from local restaurants, food trucks and a few fun games from local and boutique distilleries.Tastings include generous pours of a variety of different spirits, cocktails and craft beer.
Experience a new culture by attending the 11th Annual Polish Festival. Enjoy delicious Polish cuisine and refreshing imported Polish beer that will complement traditional folk dances, Polish music, and fun activities for the whole family.
Southwest Cajun Fest celebrates Cajun culture, cuisine and handcrafted beer, and will feature live music with jazz, blues and contemporary swing revival bands. Festival patrons will feel transported to the southeastern region of Louisiana during the fest. The festival will feature live entertainment and a variety of food vendors serving up regional dishes. Festivities also includes themed zones, parades, fun and festive celebration.
More than 120 restaurants will be offering three-course prix fixe menus for either $33 or $44. It's the perfect opportunity to grab a bite, plan a romantic evening out, schedule a long over-due get together, or finally try that restaurant you've had on your wish list.
The Brewers Bowl is a street festival focused around local, vibrant craft beer culture. Arizona’s finest microbreweries from across the state showcase their beer for attendees to enjoy. Loads of delicious street eats from local food trucks accompany giant bar games and energetic bands from the main stage.
Arizona Beer Week
Enjoy a little hair o’ the dog throughout the week as dozens of the state’s best breweries collaborate to bring craft brew connoisseurs food pairings, tap takeovers, pub crawls, special giveaways, meet-the-brewer nights and other events that pay homage to craft beer in Arizona. Visit the festival website for a full calendar of events and locations.
Street Eats Food Truck Festival
More than 70 food trucks are dishing out all types of food, with every menu including a $2 sample. The event will include live bands, lawn games, eating contests, local vendor marketplace, kid's zone, cooking classes, and more.
Arizona Strong Beer Festival
Arizona Beer Week’s highlight event is held at Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. Although strong beers (those with high alcohol content) are the focus at the festival, a huge variety of craft beers, as well as specialty styles and unique, just-for-this-event brews are made available to festival-goers. And because food and beer just naturally go together, there will be plenty of top-notch food vendors on hand, serving up tasty eats that wash down well with frosty suds. Live music will keep the atmosphere rockin.’
Corks & Cactus at Desert Botanical Garden
Sample, sip and savor your way through the splendor of the Desert Botanical Garden at Corks & Cactus, where boutique wines and desert beauty blend into a delightful event. Visit with representatives from a variety of wineries and purchase a bottle or case at the Garden’s Wine Retail Store. Enjoy entertainment and a cooking demo.
Chocolate Lovers’ Festival on the Verde Canyon Railroad
The confectionery celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and tasty chocolate pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Fruit, pretzels and marshmallows are ready to be dunked into free-flowing chocolate fountains. Share these mouthwatering desserts while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train.
Arizona Cocktail Weekend
This celebration of the craft of the cocktail boasts everything from parties, spirit tastings, and educational seminars, to cocktail competitions, drinks specials and dinners. See ArizonaCocktailWeek.com for locations and times of events, including the The Cocktail Jam opening event is on Saturday, February 17.
Crushbrew Craft Beverage Festival
Hand-crafted beer, boutique wines, hard cider and distilled spirits will flow at the Crushbrew Craft Beverage Festival, featuring wine selections from some of Arizona’s top boutique wineries and representatives from passionate distilleries. Live music, games, expert-led tastings, a Craft Whiskey Lounge and the Food Truck Caravan fill out the day creating another can't miss event for craft beverage enthusiasts.
The festival showcases some of the state's best vegan and vegan friendly restaurants, food and beverage purveyors, as well as clothing, accessories, personal care products, household items, and more. This year's event also offers bars and beverage stations, two stages of live music, a kids zone, additional demonstrations and presentations by chefs and industry experts.
Helio Basin Brewing Co. and local band Fayuca host this beer and music festival featuring 14 bands across two stages, live painting by local artist Jesse Perry, award-winning cuisine such as Helio Basin's tacos and more.
Explore the flavors of Japanese food, beer and sake at this annual festival which also features Japanese exhibits, demonstrations, arts and crafts, children's activities, bonsai displays, live music and more.
Root for your favorite bartenders from the Devour Phoenix Coalition of restaurants as you sip on their competition creations. Facing a celebrity lineup of judges and armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits, your favorite bartenders will be up on stage shaking it up to take the title as Arizona's Star Bartender.
Join the James Beard hosted "Arizona Seven" for a one-night-only dining event out in the fields and under the stars. Enjoy a farm-fresh feast paired with fine Arizona wines and served by some of Arizona's top chefs on an organic oasis.
East meets west, north, and south with this new Devour Phoenix event that celebrates the international flavors of Phoenix. Unwind in the serene Japanese Friendship Garden as you taste the multi-cultural cuisines from the regions of your favorite countries.
Update: This event is sold out. The Devour Culinary Classic features culinary curators and purveyors who support the Arizona food, wine and restaurant industries. Attendees will have the chance to partake in innovative culinary demonstrations, meet top chefs and restaurateurs as well as taste an enormous array of culinary excellence from the region’s best chefs, restaurants, local food artisans, brewers, and vintners.
The inaugural event at downtown's Crescent Ballroom will feature—you guessed it—lots of burritos and lots of music! Samples and full burritos will be available for tasting from vendors such as Ladera Taverna y Cocina, Axa-Mex, Left Coast Burrito Co. and more. Experience four stages housing 25 bands from all over the country such Albert Hammond Jr, The Frights, U.S. Girls, Porches and more.
Join the Arizona Aloha Festival for two days of celebrating the cultures of the South Pacific islands. Live entertainment on several stages includes music, dance, and lectures about Hawaii and Polynesia. The Island Marketplace is filled with vendors offering traditional crafts, fresh flower leis, baskets, hats, carved bone necklaces, and tapa cloth. Don't miss a chance to sample some of the favorite foods of the people of Hawaii and the South Pacific in the food court. Children can make island crafts to take away.
The Parade starts at 10 a.m. at 3rd Street and Sheridan and heads south through the streets of Downtown Phoenix. The Parade features a variety of performers, entertainers and floats including marching bands, Irish dancers, and bag pipers.
Following the parade, the faire begins at the Irish Cultural Center at Hance Park. Come enjoy three stages of Irish Music, Irish stepdancing, bagpipers, food and beverages, Irish crafts and merchandise, genealogy, Irish clubs, children’s area, and a VIP Lounge hosting the AZ Irish Red Craft Beer competition.