Spring in Phoenix not only brings Cactus League Spring Training, but it brings out the most delicious events of the year. Here are some of the food and beverage festivals happening around Phoenix this spring. Bon Appétit!
This craft beer tasting extravaganza will showcase more than 200 brews from more than 60 breweries from across the state, country and around the globe each providing samples of their proudest brewing achievement.
March 9 – 10
The Devoured Culinary Classic is Arizona's premier food festival. Held in the sculpture garden of Phoenix Art Museum, this annual must-do event features chefs and culinary creations from more than 70 of metropolitan Phoenix's best restaurants. Guests enjoy a panorama of inspired edibles and cooking demonstrations, coupled with delicious fare from local artisans, brewers and vintners.
March 9 – 10
Festivities include a marketplace, an island-food court and themed-activity centers. Performances include storytellers, Tahitian drummers, ukulele players and hula dancers. Make sure to bring cash for the food and trinkets at Island Marketplace, where vendors sell woven baskets, carved-bone necklaces and Hawaiian coffee.
The parade will kick off at Sheridan and Third streets in midtown Phoenix, featuring Irish step dancers, bagpipers, marching bands and more.The faire begins immediately after the parade, with two stages of entertainment including Celtic rock bands and Irish dancers. The kids area will feature a petting zoo, pony rides and face painters. A vendor specializing in genealogy will be on site, working with Irish names and family coats of arms. Fair attendees also will get a sneak peek at the construction progress of the Irish Cultural Center's 15,000-square-foot library, which will focus on genealogy.
March 21 – 24
A celebration of all things Western, Festival of the West is one of the largest events of its kind in the nation, attracting visitors from around the world anxious to immerse themselves in the culture, lore and romance of the American West.
Rock the Zoo features live music from local bands, beverage sampling, food tasting in the VIP Lounge, and food for sale from Valley food trucks, the Rockin' Raffle and other exciting activities all in the picturesque setting of the Phoenix Zoo.
This event is for the whole family to enjoy. Throw out the lawn chairs and picnic blankets and prepare to witness Chandler’s largest and best BBQ event. There will be live entertainment, an all ages Kid’s Zone, and Bike Show with the traditional backyard BBQ atmosphere. It's sure to be a finger licking good time.
Guests will again enjoy incredible food and wine selections from the Valley's hottest restaurants, resorts and caterers plus more than 700 great wines, beers, liquors and non-alcoholic drinks from presenting sponsor Bashas’. Bon Vivant will also feature live music, dancing, and a silent auction with golf, dining, and resort packages.
This 21-or-older party features food samplings from top Valley restaurants and resorts, along with tastes from boutique wineries and craft breweries. Last year, participating businesses included Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Resort, the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, Westin Kierland and Different Pointe of View. Live music and a silent auction will be included.
April 9 – 14
As the longest running festival of its kind in the United States, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival draws more than 40,000 visitors looking to enjoy fabulous food, fun and festivities. This year's festival will feature a host of events from cooking demonstrations by some of the nation's top chefs to a one of a kind James Beard out of the house dinner.
April 13 – 14
Get a taste of Polish dishes, such as golabki (cabbage rolls), kielbasa sausage with sauerkraut and pierogi, a dumpling with cheese and potatoes. The free festival, among the largest Polish celebrations in the Valley, includes folk dance and musical performances, an art marketplace, kid's area, informational booths and food court with traditional cuisine and imported beer.
Between 40 and 60 BBQ teams will be cooking and competing at The Arizona Barbecue Festival. It's a day sure to be filled with food, fun and hot competition. The highlight of the Arizona Barbecue Festival is Pit Row, where the cooking teams will be grilling, smoking and braising in their best effort to be named the champion in their BBQ category.
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. Over 80 competitors prepare fresh salsa on-site in either the mild or hot category. The grand champion will win $1,000 cash prize and attendees can vote for their favorite with dollars through the People's Choice Award.
Highlighting Arizona's independent culinary scene, the event will showcase eats from over 35 restaurants previously featured on Check, Please! Arizona in addition to craft beer and wine, cooking demonstrations, a James Beard Award winners' panel hosted by Robert McGrath, and a chance for fans to audition for a spot on the show.
May 18 - 27
For two weekends a year Schnepf Farms opens it's peach orchards for public picking in Queen Creek for its annual Peach Festival. In addition to picking your own peaches, there are plenty of other activities to entertain the whole family include train rides, hay and carnival rides, a peach food-sampling tent, chef demonstrations and of course peach pies, peach cinnamon rolls and their famous peach pancakes complete this peachy festival.
After months of anticipation, The Yard has finally opened in Central Phoenix. The Yard by Fox Restaurant Concepts is a 53,000–square-foot multi-use space with dining, games and will eventually house much more.
Right now you can visit The Yard to enjoy a meal or cocktails at Culinary Dropout. While you wait, or after your meal, you can challenge your friends and family to game of ping pong, foosball or cornhole. A second restaurant, Little Cleo’s Seafood Legend is set to open in mid-March.
The Yard is located at 5632 North Seventh Street in Phoenix.
Want a true Phoenix experience? Make sure to catch one of our spectacular sunsets, which paint the desert sky on a nightly basis. We know the best places to see a Phoenix sunset and are happy to let you in on the secret.
Head up to Dobbins Point on South Mountain (you can drive there) and take in sunset views of the downtown Phoenix skyline from the top of the largest municipal park in the U.S.
A great place to catch a sunset before a night out downtown, Lustre Bar has a hip and comfortable atmosphere, which is made even cooler by its poolside lounge seating.
When you make a reservation, ask for a table by the window to take full advantage of the 360-degree view at Arizona’s only revolving rooftop restaurant.
Arrive early to explore the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden, then top off your visit by watching the sun set against a backdrop of desert flora and red-rock peaks.
End your day with a margarita in hand on the large and comfortable patio at Four Seasons Resort. This elevated perch (which is 1,000 feet higher than downtown Phoenix) offers picture-perfect views of sunset-warmed Pinnacle Peak.
Enjoying brunch with friends on an outdoor patio is favorite pastime of Phoenicians. Now, there’s a new place to enjoy our warm sunny weather on a Sunday afternoon at Del Frisco’s Grille, which recently started serving a delicious brunch menu.
Located in the Biltmore area, Del Frisco’s Grille has an amazing rooftop patio with views of Piestewa Peak, but the view isn't the only impressive thing about brunch here – the food is fantastic. The menu puts a twist on classic brunch items taking regular Eggs Benedict and turning them into a delicious grille version or a crab cake version. They also take the traditional Belgian Waffle and up-the-ante by making a Red Velvet Belgian Waffle, yum. Even the classic Bloody Mary gets a grille twist at Del Frisco’s. It was served with a plate of condiments from pickles to hot sauce and even a slice of bacon.
I tried the Grille Benedict that comes with two beautifully poached eggs, ham (I had them leave off the ham for me), mouthwatering scallion and white cheddar biscuits and chipotle hollandaise. My dining partner had the Chicken-Fried Steak and Eggs that came with jumbo biscuits and chorizo gravy. The meal was large enough that she took some of the chicken-fried steak home to have later.
The food, the view and the patio at Del Frisco’s Grill are the perfect ingredients to a fabulous Sunday Brunch. See you again soon, Del Frisco’s.
Del Frisco’s Grill is located at 2425 E. Camelback Road in Phoenix. Check out the full brunch menu.
Finding local treasures can often be like a scavenger hunt. Local favorites are often tucked away in little corners and alleys only known by uber-hip residents who whisper their secrets to those deemed worthy. But now with the opening of UNION at Biltmore Fashion Park you don't have to search or wait for a tip from those holding the secrets of Phoenix’s local treasures .
Union is a new concept that houses an eclectic mix of 18 small, distinct boutiques – many of which already have a loyal following of those in-the-know Phoenicians. There’s also a casual eatery, Trattoria del Piero brought to Central Phoenix by the Queen Creek Olive Mill that operates the same concept at in Queen Creek.
Right now at UNION you’ll find:
Bonafide Goods brought to UNION by the folks behind The Clotherie. Bonafide Goods offers a modern interpretation of classic American men’s clothing, hats and accessories, and will also house Phoenix’s first micro-haberdashery.
Citrine Natural Beauty Bar offers discerning beauty and makeup buffs all-natural, organic skincare, beauty products and custom fragrances for those who love to pamper their skin naturally without harsh chemicals or parabens.
While many of the food trucks in Phoenix have some sort of vegetarian option on their menus, food trucks dedicated solely to vegetarians (and vegans) are few and far between. Enter, The Uprooted Kitchen. The truck is run by Chad and Erin Romanoff who wanted to bring healthy food options to their community.
The Uprooted Kitchen's menu changes weekly, however they always have two salad choices, a quesadilla and an un-bun veggie burger. All of The Uprooted Kitchen’s dishes are freshly prepared with local ingredients. I recently tried Uprooted Kitchen at Food Truck Friday and was immediately addicted. I promptly visited them the very next week to get my fix.
The first salad bowl I tried was the soba noodle tofu bowl which came with kale, red cabbage, sesame soba noodles, marinated tofu, carrots, pickled cucumbers, corn, snap peas, and mushrooms served with a spicy lime peanut dressing and a house-made gluten free seeded cracker.
This noodle bowl was hearty and kept me full for the rest of the work day. You could tell how fresh everything in the bowl was, and as you can see by the photo below I finished every single last bit. Yum.
Now, I was hooked. I went back to Food Truck Friday the next week to visit the Uprooted Kitchen food truck and this time I tried the quinoa kale salad bowl made with tofu, beets, mushrooms, snap peas, avocado, purslane and sunflower seeds with a sesame soy dressing and their signature house-made gluten free seeded cracker. Another win. I look forward to going back and trying one of the un-bun veggie burgers and quesadillas.
You can find The Uprooted Kitchen consistently at Food Truck Friday at the Phoenix Public Market every Friday from 11am – 1:30pm, then at JAM in Old Town Scottsdale from 6-8pm and at the Gilbert Farmers Market every Saturday from 7am – 11am… Make sure to follow The Uprooted Kitchen on Facebook and Twitter to find additional locations and times.
The food truck craze has exploded in Phoenix with many opportunities to eat from these rolling gourmet “restaurants." We’ve eaten from many of the food trucks throughout Phoenix and wanted to highlight them individually for you. You can find the food trucks on a regular basis at the Downtown Phoenix Public Market on Wednesday evenings from 4-8pm, Fridays from 11am – 1:30pm and on Saturdays from 8am – 1pm. At the North Central Farmers’ Market on Saturdays from 9am – 2pm, the Third Thursday of the Month at the Whole Foods Raintree location from 11:30am – 1pm. There are always many more opportunities that you can find by following your favorite truck individually or by following the Phoenix Street Coalition. Bon Appétit!