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Food and Drink Festivals

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    April 18, 2014

    Food Festival Season in Phoenix: Spread Out the Love

    The number of food (and drink) festivals in this city has exploded in recent years. Phoenix is a bona fide food town. It's exciting. It's also daunting. If you're a food lover, you've probably spent many weekends over the past few months stuffing your face with BBQ samples and dessert samples and w ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    The Arizona BBQ Festival and The Great American BBQ and Beer Festival: A Side-by-Side Comparison

    Over the next two weeks, the Valley will host two barbecue festivals. Now, we've got pretty big appetites over here at Chow Bella, but that's still quite a lot of 'cue for one city. So if you're trying to decide which fest is for you, we've got an easy to understand rundown of how the Arizona BBQ ... More >>

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    March 20, 2014

    5 Best Things To Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Johnny Chu's RedThai Friday, March 21 Earlier this year we told you that chef Johnny Chu, of Sochu House in Phoenix and T. Spot in Chandler, was planning to open two new spots in Phoenix. And as of this weekend fans of the chef's Asian cuisine will wait no longer to experience the newest concepts. ... More >>

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    March 17, 2014

    The Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival Will Bring 20,000 Pounds of 'Cue to Chandler

    This Saturday, March 22 the 5th annual Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival will hit the streets of downtown Chandler, bringing together pit masters and craft brewers from around the country for a celebration of all things grilled and meaty. And organizers HDE Agency promise this year's event w ... More >>

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    February 27, 2014

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

    Devoured Phoenix Culinary Classic Saturday, March 1 and Sunday, March 2 The culinary event of the year is finally here, which means this weekend dozens of the Valley's best chefs will gather at the Phoenix Art Museum for the annual Devoured Culinary Classic. Catch restaurants including Clever Koi, ... More >>

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    February 13, 2014

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

    Strong Beer Festival Saturday, February 15 This weekend kicks off both Arizona Beer Week and Arizona Cocktail Week (really, organizers? Do we have to do this every year?), so as you can imagine, there's a whole lot of drinking to do. On Saturday, beer lovers will want to hit the 14th annual Strong ... More >>

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    September 9, 2013

    17 Food Festivals in Metro Phoenix: Chow Bella's Fall 2013 Guide

    Summer is coming to an end, and while the rest of the country is in mourning, we're celebrating. Now begins the time when the Valley of the Sun comes to life, and now that we can actually stand to be in that sunshine, our favorite season is finally kicking off. Bring on the fall and with it a calend ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin: It Tastes Better Than It Sounds

    Beer: Velvet Merkin Brewery: Firestone Walker Brewing Co. Style: Oatmeal Stout ABV: 8.5 While the hair that grows around ladyparts is today mostly thought of as something to be avoided, back in the 15th century, pubes were the bee's knees. A prostitute with an impressive undercarriage could command ... More >>

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    June 3, 2013

    15 Summer Festivals in Metro Phoenix and Across Arizona

    Summer is in full swing -- and so is summer festival season. You might have to drive a bit for strawberries, lavender, and corn, but getting there is half the fun, right? Road trip! Food connoisseurs and amateurs alike can fill their schedules until September with the list of festivals in Arizona we ... More >>

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    May 20, 2013

    3 Reasons Why the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival Is the Best in Arizona

    I tolerate the douchery of the Great Arizona Beer Festival. I enjoy the charitable nature of the Beer for Brains Rare Affair. I love the drunken shenanigans and alcohol-heavy drink that flows freely at the Arizona Strong Beer Fest. See also: - 2013 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival in Scottsdale ... More >>

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    May 14, 2013

    Four Peaks SunBru: A Can-tastic Gold Medal Winner

    Beer: Sunbru Brewery: Four Peaks Brewing Co. Style: Kolsch ABV: 5.2 percent If you people are any part the beer geeks you claim to be, you'll journey outside your homes on Saturday, May 18, into the increasingly balmy summer air and over to the AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. You'll get to lis ... More >>

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    May 10, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See also: - Mother's Day in Metro Phoenix: 12 Recommendations Based on Time, Budget, and Location - Aaron Chamberlain's Phoenix Public Market Now Open Inaugural Scottsdale Beer Festival ... More >>

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    May 9, 2013
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    May 3, 2013

    2013 AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival in Scottsdale on May 18

    As much as we respect beer in bottles we have to admit there are quite a few benefits that come with sipping your suds out of a can. First of all the can is much more beach and pool friendly not to mention lighter (and therefore easier to transport) and never, ever requires a bottle opener. See al ... More >>

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    April 24, 2013

    Cigar City Jai Alai: Take It in the Can

    Beer: Jai Alai Brewery: Cigar City Brewing Co. Style: American IPA ABV: 7.5 percent The journey from brew kettle to drinking vessel is long and hard, and not all beer gets there in perfect condition. To taste right, a beer must battle many foes along the way: diacetyl, a yeast compound that tastes ... More >>

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    March 13, 2013

    What Are the Pros and Cons of Food Festivals?

    As spring emerges in the Valley, so do the food festivals -- and they seem to be getting bigger and more popular every year. At last weekend's Devoured Culinary Festival, more than 45 restaurants participated. And the event sold out a month beforehand. See also: - What Are Three Cooking Skills Ever ... More >>

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    March 1, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: 24 Food and Drink Festivals in Metro Phoenix Celebrity Chef Charity Dinner at Praying Monk in Scottsdale on March 10 Spring Training Menu at Roka Akor Now that spring training ... More >>

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    January 21, 2013

    24 Food and Drink Festivals in Metro Phoenix

    Festival season's about to hit full tilt. Are you ready? Now you are. Here are some of our favorite local food & beverage events happening from now until the end of April: FEBRUARY 2/1 - Haute Chocolate Market & Festival Where: Heard Museum Price: $30 in advance, $35 day of the event and $45 for V ... More >>

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    January 18, 2013

    Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend in Metro Phoenix

    Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate. See Also: Gilbert Food Truck Court to Re-Launch This Friday, Jan. 18 AZ Cocktail Week Kicks Off Feb. 16: Expect a Carnival, Competition and Seminars. Better Line Up a Designated Driver. Q ... More >>

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    November 6, 2012

    Roasted Bull Testicle Stout. Really.

    A Colorado brewery's hilariously deadpan April Fools joke regarding a "Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout" has become a reality. According to Wynkoop Brewery, their bull testicle beer "annoucenment" video was so popular that people actually showed up April 1st looking for a taste of the beer. See Also: - ... More >>

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    June 8, 2012

    Three Things to Eat, Drink, and Bake this Weekend

    This weekend, we're trading in our pint glasses for stems of red and white. We'll be making a trip to Cave Creek for a couple of glasses of wine and a plate of grilled duck or we'll be hittin' the road for a not-to-be-missed wine festival in the pines and we'll also be whipping up a beautiful batch ... More >>

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    June 5, 2012

    Ten Favorite Arizona Summer Festivals and Adventures for Food, Wine, and Beer Lovers

    Summer travel season is here -- so we've made you a list of food and drink adventures. It might be stretching it a bit to call them all day trips -- if you do attempt them, be sure to bring along a designated driver! Cheesemaking Class at The Fossil Creek Creamery, Pine -- Just north of Payson ( ... More >>

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    May 24, 2012

    Phoenix Needs to Step Up Its Food Festival Game

    Food festivals have been a point of contention here at Chow Bella and among our treasured readers. Our resident food critic even put the question of their worth to local chefs, and though the response was generally positive, there were some notable dissenters. Let me suggest that's because we don' ... More >>

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    May 23, 2012

    Are Food Festivals Worth It?

    Thousands of people, lots of restaurants, and the plastic cups -- my god, the plastic cups! For many parts of the country, food festivals are in full swing this time of year. We've most likely had a taste or two at several, but what do those on the other side of the booth think? This week, Valley ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    The Great American BBQ and Beer Festival at Dr. AJ Chandler Park, 3/24/12

    The Great American BBQ and Beer Festival Dr. AJ Chandler Park Saturday, March 24, 2012 Better Than: The last five years of Warped Tour. There was a little something for everyone at the Chandler BBQ and Beer Festival, and it was pretty clear who was there for what purpose. Families formed long line ... More >>

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    February 17, 2012

    Our 21 Top Picks for Arizona Beer Week

    Arizona Beer week starts Saturday and we are so freakin' excited! After spending hours looking at each and every of the more than 150 events that will take place between Saturday, February 18th and Saturday, February 25th we have come up with a list of our favorites. We tried to narrow it down to se ... More >>

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    January 30, 2012

    Lumberyard Fireside Ale

    beernews.org​Beer: Fireside Ale Brewery: Lumberyard Brewing Co. Style: Imperial Red Ale ABV: 9.5 percent Do you feel that? The building giddiness in the soul of every local beer lover. The faint smell of hops and sweet wort in the air. My beer sense is tingling. Arizona Beer Week is almost ... More >>

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    October 19, 2011

    BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse Pumpkin Ale

    Zach Fowle ​Beer: Pumpkin AleBrewery: BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse - ChandlerStyle: Pumpkin beerABV: 4.7 percent This week's player in the Month of Pumpkin Beers is a real winner. Pumpkin Ale (no doubt buoyed by its super-creative name) took home hardware at the 2011 Great American Beer Fes ... More >>

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    October 3, 2011

    Four Arizona Breweries Medal at the Great American Beer Festival

    ​This past weekend -- as brewers and beer lovers got sauced during their yearly visit to Denver and the beer Mecca that is the Great American Beer Festival -- four Arizona breweries took home medals.   For those who don't know, the Great American Beer Festival is one of the largest celebrati ... More >>

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    March 23, 2011

    BBQ Overload: Is the Valley Big Enough For Two Barbecue Events in One Day?

    ​Two barbecue festivals. One Saturday. WTF?!We completely understand that there are very few weather-appropriate weekends for festivals in the Valley, hence the abundance in March and April, but seriously, guys, you couldn't maybe space it out by a week? To the uninformed, this definitely looks ... More >>

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    March 9, 2011

    Mumford & Sons and Dirty Heads to Play Canned Beer Festival in Chandler [UPDATE: Not Really]

    ​UPDATE: The event's site has been updated to list only one band, Royal Crown Revue. This hoax bill really was up there before complete with set times -- see a screenshot. Frankly, we're only a little surprised given this particular promoter's track-record. SanTan Brewing is taking the beer festi ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Why the Great Arizona Beer Festival Ain't So Great

    ​If you've looked over the vendor list for the beer festival set to be held Saturday at Tempe Beach Park, you might have noticed something odd. At an event that bills itself as the Great Arizona Beer Festival, several of Arizona's greatest breweries -- Papago, Barrio, Nimbus, and this little ... More >>

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    March 3, 2011
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    February 21, 2011

    Death Angel, Strong Beer, and Italian Cars Over the Weekend

    ​Captain Squeegee at Strong Beer Festival Saturday The annual Strong Beer Festival has been blessed with great weather in recent years -- sunny with warm air and clear skies. In other words, typical weather for February in Phoenix. Such a thing should never be taken for granted, nor will it be ... More >>

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    February 20, 2011

    Captain Squeegee at Strong Beer Festival Saturday

    Zach FowleCaptain SqueegeeArizona Strong Beer Festival Steele Indian School ParkSaturday, February 19, 2011The annual Strong Beer Festival has been blessed with great weather in recent years -- sunny with and warm air and clear skies. In other words, typical weather for February in Phoenix.Such ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Craft Beer Competition and Sampling Event and Grilled Oysters in Today's Eater's Digest

    Tastespotting.com ​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Craft Beer Tasting Tonight!  Join beer brewers, beer judges and beer lovers at Taste of Tops tonight for the first round of judging for the Great Arizona Beer Festival Craft Beer Competi ... More >>

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    February 18, 2011

    Craft Beer Competition and Sampling Event and Grilled Oysters in Today's Eater's Digest

    Tastespotting.com ​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives? Craft Beer Tasting Tonight!  Join beer brewers, beer judges and beer lovers at Taste of Tops tonight for the first round of judging for the Great Arizona Beer Festival Craft Beer Competi ... More >>

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    February 17, 2011

    A Hop in the Park

    End the stout drought

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    February 16, 2011

    Arizona Beer Week, You're Breaking Our Little Craft Beer Hearts

    We got word that Arizona was going to get its very own beer week back in November and we have been giddy ever since. More than just a one-day beer festival, we would finally join the ranks of real cities and get a whole glorious week! ​But when we heard there were going to be at least 150 differen ... More >>

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    February 14, 2011

    Strong Beer Fest Names Captain Squeegee Headliner

    Captain Squeegee has the tough task of filling 2 Tone Lizard Kings checkerboard shoes at this year's Strong Beer Festival.​First, some sad news: 2 Tone Lizard Kings will not be playing this Saturday's Strong Beer Festival at Steele Indian School Park. When organizers approached the Mesa ska band t ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Carefree Wine Festival and Low-Fat Lasagna Rolls in Today's Eater's Digest

    C C Marriage Factory​Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Carefree Art & Wine FestivalCarefree kicks off its 18th Annual Fine Art and Wine Festival this weekend. Get your fill of art, jewelry, sculptures, world music and wine all in beaut ... More >>

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    December 2, 2010

    Music to Your Beers

    Get your booze on without judgment

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    November 29, 2010

    Arizona Wine Festival and Buffalo Chicken Soup in Today's Eater's Digest

    www.whatmegansmaking.com​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?Arizona Wine FestivalHope you didn't spend all your Holiday shopping money this past weekend because this upcoming weekend is the 2010 Fall Tempe Festival of the Arts.  This year t ... More >>

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    October 22, 2010

    Peoria Beer Festival and Ghostie Cupcakes in Today's Eater's Digest

    www.thecookingphotographer.com​ Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?West-Side Beer FestivalCan't stand the though of another Oktoberfest but still looking for something to do this weekend? Well Beer Drinkers, we dug up a little hidden gem of a Bee ... More >>

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    October 21, 2010

    Pint Size Social

    It’s a Valley beerocracy tonight

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    July 1, 2010
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    February 25, 2010

    Bitches Brew

    It’s the most wonderful time for a beer (or fifty)

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    February 5, 2009

    True Grits

    And barbecue. And collard greens. And okra. Yum.

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    November 20, 2008

    Foam Remedy

    Draft Mag fest has the ales for what ails you

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    March 6, 2008
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