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Can’t Miss April Food & Drink Events in Metro Phoenix Area

by Dalton Herring on April 14, 2016

Eat, Drink & Be Pretty

This stylish annual party, hosted by the Scottsdale League of the Arts, this year has partnered with Scottsdale Fashion Week. Enjoy samples from 25 Valley restaurants while sipping beer, wine and signature cocktails. The soiree also features a dance floor, fashion show, photo booth, beauty experts and spa treatments. VIP ticket holders have access to a VIP lounge with a private bar and bathrooms.

Details: 7-11 p.m. Friday, April 15. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Ave. $85 for general admission, $125 for VIP.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

The popular annual festival benefits the Scottsdale League of the Arts and features the Culinary Experience Tent, chef demos, student cooking challenges and wine seminars. Pay extra to enjoy the Southwest Festival of Beers, or go out and get the ultimate culinary experience with VIP passes. Enjoy drinks at the Skyy Bar, Campari Cocktail Deck or Wine Garden.

Details: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, noon-6 p.m. Sunday, April 17. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 E. Second Ave. $8 for general admission, $40 for Southwest Festival of Beers, $140 for VIP on Saturday, $115 for VIP on Sunday.

DeSoto Crawfish Boil

Celebrate the one-year anniversary of the downtown Phoenix food hall with a Southern-style crawfish boil made by a number of chefs, including Stephen Jones, Cullen Campbell, Bernie Kantak, Jacob Cutino, Quentin Brown and Allan Inocencio. Tickets include a welcome cocktail for adults; the Sugar Thieves will perform.

Details: 2-7 p.m. Sunday, April 17. DeSoto Central Market, 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. $35 for general admission, $17.50 for ages 11 and younger. 602-680-7747,

The Original Taste

The high-end culinary event features dishes from more than 40 Valley restaurants, and top notch wines, cocktails and craft beer. Evening Entertainment Group, which owns a number of concepts including Bevvy and Hi Fi Kitchen + Cocktails, will sponsor the beer garden, and Postino Wine Cafe will serve food and wine near the Stetson Bridge. Participating restaurants include Roka Akor, Crab & Mermaid, Diego Pops, Second Story Liquor Bar and Olive & Ivy. VIP ticket holders get access to the Late Night with Executive Council 70 after-party. Proceeds benefit the Executive Council Charities.

Details: 7-10 p.m. culinary event. 10 p.m.-midnight VIP after-party. Saturday, April 23. Scottsdale Waterfront, 7135 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. $125 for general admission, $250 for VIP. VIP packages available.

$5 Dollar Food Fest

This new food festival features a variety of food trucks, food booths and food carts, all offering a $5 option. There will be bars set up in a cantina style, serving beer, margaritas and other cocktails. DJs and bands will perform. The event is cash only, with ATMs on site.

MORE INFO: $5 Dollar Food Festival stopping in Arizona

Details: Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, April 23. VIP party starts at 11 a.m.. Tempe Diablo Stadium, 2200 W. Alameda Drive. $5-$10 for general admission, $10-$15 for

Southwest Cajun Fest

Angry Crab Shack, Creole Cajun Bistro, Raging Cajun Smoking BBQ and Honey Bear’s BBQ are among the Cajun eateries providing a taste of Louisiana. Food offerings include shrimp etouffee, fried cat fish, crawfish boil, alligator on a stick and a variety of barbecued meats. Jazz and soul band The Urban Renewal Project will perform; Abita Brewing Company, based in Louisiana, will provide the brews. The event will feature themed areas, including Bourbon Street and the French Quarter, and patrons are encouraged to dress the part.

Details: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, April 23. Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 125 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. $10 for general admission, $65 for VIP. Free for ages 12 and younger.

Sausage Fest

Taking place at the open-air beer garden at Brat Haus, this festival features all things sausage: creative bratwursts, sausage selfies, sausage-making demos, stein-holding contests and other games. The restaurant set a record last year creating a 93-foot-long sausage and plans to make a 100-foot one this year. Guests can purchase portions of the sausage; proceeds benefit the ALS Association Arizona Chapter. Other goodies include pretzels, smoked pig and a wide variety of beers.

Details: Noon-8 p.m. Sunday, April 24. Brat Haus, 3622 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale. $8-$10. 480-947-4006,

Craft Spirits Festival

This event moves to the Downtown Ocotillo shopping complex, featuring tastings of various spirits, cocktails, beer and wine. There will be demonstrations, foods to pair with the cocktail tastings, bartending competitions, live music and giveaways. Distillers include a number of Arizona-based companies, including O.H.S.O., Arizona Distilling Co., Caskwerks Distilling Co., 3 Amigos Tequila and Three Wells Distilling Co.

Details: 5 p.m. Saturday, April 30. Downtown Ocotillo, 2475 W. Queen Creek, Chandler. $40 for general admission, $60 for VIP, $10 for designated driver. 480-586-6711,

Chipotle Cultivate Festival

The fast-casual burrito chain brings back this free festival, featuring plenty of Chipotle food and other artisan purveyors.  There will be cooking demos from celebrity chefs Aarón Sánchez and Amanda Freitag; and Valley favorites Chris Bianco, Charleen Badman, Pavle Milic and Stephen Jones.  National and local bands will perform, including Young the Giant, Betty Who, Echosmith and Lukas Graham. Food, beer, wine and coffee will be available for purchase.

Details: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, April 30. WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road. Free. $5 for parking.


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