All Pumpkin Menu at Petite Maison Friday, October 3 though Sunday, October 5
Fall is officially here and that means an abundance of pumpkin flavored...everything. This weekend you can kick off your pumpkin binge eating with an All Pumpkin Menu at Petite Maison. The $45, four-course meal includes dishes such as roasted pumpkin soup with scallop "gnocchi"; organic pumpkin risotto with duck confit and pumpkin chips; and foie and pumpkin stuffed Kentucky fried quail. Wine pairings are available for an additional $10. Reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling 480-991-6887 or visiting the Petite Maison website.
Tour de Fat Saturday, October 4
Get your bikes, costumes, and beer bellies ready for the 15th annual Tour de Fat, which will be going down this Saturday at Tempe Beach Park. The free event starts at 11 a.m. with a costumed bicycle parade after which attendees will be able to enjoy games, live entertainment, and lots of beer. New Belgium will be pouring their flagship beer, Fat Tire, as well as its latest year-round offering, Snapshot Wheat, and selections from the Lips of Faith series. Beers will cost $5 each. For more information check the Tour de Fat website.
Best of Phoenix A'Fare Saturday, October 4
There's still time to get your ticket to our annual Best of Phoenix A'Fare. This year we'll be celebrating at Burton Barr Central Library along with dozens of local restaurants and bars. Look for food from Ingo's Tasty Food, Los Sombreros, Baby Kay's Cajun Kitchen, Stacy's Smokehouse BBQ, Frost Gelato,Detroit Coney Grill, Focaccia Fiorentina, and many more. Cocktails, beer, and wine will be available from Mother Bunch Brewing, Rips Ales & Cocktails, The Vig, Tilted Kilt, McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon, and Devil's Advocate. Tickets to the event, which runs from 8 p.m. to midnight, cost $45 in advance or $55 at the door. For more information check the the Best of Phoenix A'Fare website.
SanTan Brewing Oktoberfest Saturday, October 4
It's going to be a beer-filled weekend. On Saturday, SanTan Brewing Company in downtown Chandler will also be hosting their 7th annual Oktoberfest. The event will include a a Bavarian-style beer garden where attendees will find SanTan's Oktoberfest brew both on tap and for the first time, in cans as well. Live entertainment will be provided by healdiners Iration and Reel Big Fish, who will be joined by Arizona's Bad Cactus Brass Band and California-based reggae/rock band, 80 Proof. Admission costs $12 in advance or $15 at the door. Kids under are free with a paid adult. For more information check the SanTan Oktoberfest website.
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Fall Greek Festival of Chandler Sunday, October 5
If you're looking for a taste of Greece, you'll find it this weekend at the Fall Greek Festival of Chandler, held annually at St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church. The food-centric event will offer a full spread of Greek food and pastries including spanakopita, moussaka, dolamades, and more. On the sweet side you can expect baklava, kourambiedes (sweet butter cookies), and karithopita, a spiced walnut cake with honey lemon syrup. Admission to the event, which runs from Friday to Sunday, costs $3. Dancers, music, and an outdoor sports bar -- so you don't have to miss your football game -- will also be on site. For more information check the A Taste of Greece Facebook page.
See also: Fall Greek Festival of Chandler 2013