55th Annual Greater Phoenix Greek Festival
Friday, October 9, through Sunday, October 11
Join in the Greater Phoenix Greek Festival this weekend and enjoy Greek food, music, dancing, and other artisanal crafts. From Friday through Saturday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, festival goers can enjoy a variety of Greek cuisine, including lamb shank, Loukaniko (grilled pork sausages with orange zest, red wine, and spices), spanikopita, and grilled octopus marinated in lemon, olive oil, and spices, available only on Friday and Saturday. Guests also will have the opportunity to sample flights of Ouzo, an anise-flavored apertif liqueuer. For additional information about the Greek Festival, including a list of events and hours of operation, visit the festival's website.
Arizona Culinary Institute's Food Festival
Saturday, October 10
Get a taste of student life at Arizona Culinary Institute this weekend and participate in the Glenn Humphrey Memorial 5K Fun Run-Walk at the same time. Registration for the Fun Run begins at 7:15 a.m., with the race starting at 8. Registration for the run is free, but a $20 donation to the Glenn Humphrey Angel Fund is required. Runners who beat instructor/chef Christopher Wolf to the finish line will receive a voucher for a free meal for two at ACI's du Jour Restaurant. Festival goers also will be able to participate in tours of Arizona Culinary Institute between 9 a.m. and noon, as well as have their admissions and financial aid questions answered by institute representatives. For additional details, visit the Glenn Humphrey Memorial Run or Arizona Culinary Institute online.
Wines of the World: Pinot Noir Class at LON's at the Hermosa
Sunday, October 11
Join LON's at the Hermosa Inn for the launch of their Wines of the World series. This Sunday from 4 to 5:30 p.m., LON's sommelier will guide participants through a series of Pinot Noir wines from different regions that highlight the varietal's diverse flavor profiles. Small plates to pair with the wine will also be available. The class costs $55++ per person, and guests can receive 10 percent off their bill with a dinner reservation at LON's or guestroom reservation at The Hermosa Inn. To reserve a seat, call 602-955-7878. For the entire schedule of LON's Wines of the World events, visit LON's online.