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.
With more than 200 events across the state, each hosted by individual breweries, craft beer bars, hotels or restaurants, there is something for every beer fan. Education events, tastings, beer dinners and much more are part of the festivities. Visit the Arizona Beer Week website for a full calendar of events and locations.
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.’
Sample, sip and savor your way through the splendor of Desert Botanical Garden at Corks & Cactus, where boutique wines and Garden ambiance blend into a delightful event. Sample from 40 different wines each day, enjoy talented musical entertainment and purchase delicious fare.
Whether you prefer milk, dark or white chocolate; whether you like fudge, or cookies or chocolate-dipped cheesecake; or whether you are keen on nuts and caramel – you are sure to find all your sweet tooth cravings at the Glendale Chocolate Affaire. Downtown Glendale will be filled with nearly 40 chocolate purveyors, featuring confections like these and so much more.
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.
More than 55 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.
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 ArizonaCocktailWeekend.com for locations and times of events.
The kickoff event for Arizona Cocktail Weekend combines an amazing evening of music with wildly-inventive, one-of-a-kind cocktails and experiences brought by the best talent and brands in the spirits industry and a performance by DJ Z-Trip.
Kick off Devour Week and celebrate the best of local cocktail culture at the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition. Attendees can root for their favorite bartenders from the Devour Phoenix Coalition of restaurants as they sip on their competition creations. Facing a celebrity lineup of judges and armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits, local bartenders will be up on stage shaking it up to take the title as Arizona's Star Bartender.
The PHX Vegan Food Festival will showcase nearly 100 of the state’s most beloved vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, food trucks and vendors, as well as some out of town favorites. Restaurants, bakeries, food trucks and food and beverage artisans will be selling their delicious creations.
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.
Enjoy Arizona's best food and beverage amidst the beautiful backdrop of the largest botanical garden in the southwest. In addition to tastings, the event will offer multiple opportunities for all attendees to learn skills and tips from some of their favorite local chefs and food producers.
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.
Arizona’s second annual Rockin’ Taco Rumble will bring the heat, the meat and all the cheesy puns to Heritage Square in Downtown Phoenix. Come and sample every, single, delicious, taco from local taco teams/restaurants and be sure to vote for your favorite in the People’s Choice competition.
Enjoy delicious Polish cuisine and refreshing imported Polish beer that will complement traditional folk dances, Polish music, and fun activities for the whole family.
Booze. Burritos. Bands. The experience at Crescent Ballroom features four stages housing 25 bands from around the country, lots of local vendors serving up samples and full-size burritos, plus beer and cocktails, lawn games, lucha libre wrestling 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 pub.
The best burgers in town will compete for the ultimate title of Best Burger. Guests have access to unlimited burgers to taste and vote alongside top-tier judges to decide which restaurant takes home the People's Choice and Judges Choice awards. Live music, lawn games, and more will add to the fun as the competition sizzles.
This year, the event will feature country music on dual stages across the main lawn for uninterrupted, continuous live performances throughout the day. This year's headliners are Russell Dickerson, Dylan Scott, Jimmie Allen and Riley Green.
A family friendly expanded VIP zone, petting zoo, carnival and more interactive experiences. With BBQ pitmasters, beer, spirits and novelty food items, the 10th anniversary event will offer a full day of finger licking good food and amazing drinks to wash it all down.
Arizona Wine & Dine will showcase Arizona’s world-class culinary scene featuring premier chefs, resorts, restaurants, fine wines, craft beer and more. The hip Scottsdale Quarter sets the stage for a memorable evening of socializing and sampling from a variety of Arizona’s most coveted menus.
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.
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.
FRIED lets the world’s favorite side dish take center stage alongside amazing indie bands and local artists that will all collectively make for one helluva party you don’t want to miss.
Purchase mind-blowing French fry creations from over 20 makers for just $2-$3, and chill on the main lawn with a craft beer in hand while listening to a curated line-up of musicians, bands, and DJs.
The Great Southwest Cajun Fest
2019 date TBA
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.
2019 dates TBA
More than 120 restaurants will be offering three-course prix fixe menus. 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.