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Members of Washington Elementary's Taka Taiko performing at the festival in 2011.
Members of Washington Elementary's Taka Taiko performing at the festival in 2011.
Sara Dalton

Arizona Matsuri Festival Saturday, February 22

The annual Arizona Matsuri Festival will take over Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days. The event includes three stages with live entertainment, arts and crafts, bonsai displays, and Japanese food. Be sure to catch Shan Ichiyanagai, "The Candyman," perform amezaiku (or Japanese candy sculpting), and adults can hit the Asahi Beer Garden, where they'll be serving Asahi beer and three types of premium Japanese sake. For a complete list of entertainment and food vendors, visit the Arizona Matsuri website.

See also: 5 Wine Tasting Rooms in Northern Arizona to Check Out

Rhythm and Blues
Rhythm and Blues
Courtesy of Four Peaks Brewery

Four Peaks' Rhythm & Brews Saturday, February 22

Four Peaks Brewery will host its annual Rhythm & Blues event at the Taproom on Wilson. The free event, in celebration of Arizona Beer Week, will include live music from Big Nick and the Gila Monsters, the Jim Glass Band, and Terraplane. The event also will include the brewery's first annual Four Peaks Beer Can Challenge, where guests will be challenged to see if they can taste the different between Four Peaks canned, bottled, and tapped beer. The dog-friendly party will be held from noon to 6 p.m.

 

Trail cookies from the Sunshine Gluten Free Bakery at the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo 2013.
Trail cookies from the Sunshine Gluten Free Bakery at the Gluten and Allergen Free Expo 2013.
Judy Nichols

The Gluten & Allergen Free Expo Saturday, February 22

Gluten-free diners will gather this weekend at the Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa to check out more than 100 vendors selling gluten-free products. The expo also will feature classes related to the gluten- and allergen-free lifestyle, samples, and discounted products. General admission costs $15 in advance (available online) or $20 at the door. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days.

Catch Amuse Bouche and other west side restaurants at Flavors of the West.
Catch Amuse Bouche and other west side restaurants at Flavors of the West.
Jackie Mercandetti

Flavors of the West Sunday, February 23

In its second year, the Flavors of the West Festival will bring more than two dozen West Valley chefs and restaurants for a day of eating, drinking, and mingling in downtown Litchfield Park. The event includes such restaurants as Amuse Bouche in Surprise, Cucina Tagliani in Glendale, Flavors of Louisiana in Avondale, and Tempo Urban Bistro in Buckeye. There also will be live music, cooking demonstrations, a silent auction, and games. Tickets to the festival cost $45 and include unlimited food samples from more than 30 vendors and ten drink tickets. Kids 12 and under cost $20. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit the Flavors of the West website.

 

Cranberry Oatmeal cookies from Awesome Cookie Company
Cranberry Oatmeal cookies from Awesome Cookie Company
Awesome Cookie Company/Facebook

Locally Yours Pop-Up Market Sunday, February 23

Some of our favorite local business will bring their products to Anthropologie at Scottsdale Fashion Square for a pop-up event. In the lineup: The Simple Farm and its salted goat milk caramels, B Naked Chocolates, and Awesome Cookie Company with its Best of Phoenix-winning Cranberry Oatmeal cookies. The pop-up shop will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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2401 S. Wilson St.
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Renaissance Glendale Hotel & Spa

9495 W. Coyotes Blvd.
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101 W. Wigwam Blvd.
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