Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate.
The Human Rights Campaign's first COOK Phoenix event is this Sunday at Margaret T. Hance Park downtown. Support the cause from noon to 4 p.m. by sampling unlimited food tastings from local restaurants, including Barrio Café, Ticoz Resto-Bar, and Harley's Italian Bistro. Awards will be given to both the People's Choice and Judge's Choice dishes. There will also be live entertainment and cooking demonstrations. General admission is $25 and includes unlimited food tastings as well as an annual HRC membership. Get complimentary beverages (alcoholic or not) throughout the event with a VIP ticket for $100. Proceeds will support the Human Rights Campaign Arizona's efforts to gain equality for the LGBT community.
The third annual AZ Taco Festival expanded to two days this year, and Milagro Grill took home the grand prize both days in a row. The restaurant, which opened two short months ago, also scored the top spot in the chicken and pork taco categories. If you're lucky, you'll be able to grab a table for brunch on Saturday or Sunday, when the restaurant is celebrating its win with free food. Seatings are available at 11, 11:15, and 11:30 a.m. For reservations, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, preferred time, and number of guests.
Don't know anything about Serbia? Here's perfect opportunity to take a tour with your taste buds; the 10th annual Phoenix Serb Fest is taking place both days this weekend. On Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m., stop by St. Sava Church on 44th and McKinley streets to enjoy delicious homemade Serbian cuisine and pastries, including Nutella-filled palachinke (crepes), lamb, split-roasted pig, sarma, cvapcici, krofne (the donut's classy cousin), and spectacular dobos tortes. There will also be live music and folk dance performances, and cultural and ethnic items will be for sale.
Are fried, oversized foods your guilty pleasure? Then don't miss the last weekend of the Arizona State Fair. It's true that you can get onion rings, ribs, and cinnamon rolls year-round at other venues -- but not like this. The onion rings are as big as a fist, the ribs are like a Flintstones meal brought to life, and the cinnamon rolls are deep-fried. Food like this shouldn't be eaten every day, but when it's on such limited offer, why hold back? Stuff your face while you can, and maybe try to get in plenty of walking around the fairgrounds as you go from food vendor to food vendor.
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Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, but this weekend, you can cast your vote for president early by eating ice cream. Local shops Udder Delights and The Gelato Spot have both created a tasty flavor for each candidate -- Mint Romney and Ba-Rocky Road -- and are counting the ballots before they melt. The Gelato Spot is even encouraging people to text in votes for their "flavorite" candidate to possibly win prizes like free gelato, coupons, and savings on catering packages. Or, sit on the fence and cast an "undecided vote" to get both flavors in one bowl. (Note: Ice cream votes are not recognized by the U.S. government.)