Weekend Eats

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

Check, Please! Arizona Festival Sunday, March 22

Fans of Eight's Check, Please! Arizona can sample food and meet chefs from some of the restaurants that have been featured on the popular show at the Check, Please! Arizona Festival at CityScape. The event, which is a fundraiser for Eight, Arizona PBS and is co-sponsored by New Times, will feature more than 25 local restaurants including Haus Murphy's, Tarbell's, Cowboy Ciao, Rancho Pinot, Durant's, and Amy's Baking Company, as well as wine and beer pairings from participating wineries and breweries. The event also includes cooking demonstrations, panel discussions, and a "wine tour," with appearances from chefs including Robert McGrath, Christopher Gross, Chris Bianco, and more. Tickets start at $79 and gates open at 11 a.m. For more information visit the Check, Please! Arizona Festival website.

See also: Check, Please! Arizona Festival 2015: Here's the Lineup of Restaurants and Chefs So Far

Editor's Note: This post has been changed from its original version.

Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival Saturday, March 21

With live music and copious amounts of barbecue and beer, the Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival in downtown Chandler is always a family-friendly and enjoyable event. The annual festival will feature 50 food vendors and more than 100 exhibitors this year, who will serve up 20,000 pounds of 'cue and 200 kegs of craft beer throughout the day. On the main stage you'll be able to catch performances from Georgia Chrome, Laura Walsh, and headliners the Eli Young Band, as well as enjoy entertainment such as a March Madness lounge, Chester's Harley Davidson pavilion, and Ride Now off road area. General admission costs $12 and children under 12 are free. Gates open at noon. For more information check the Great American Barbecue & Beer Festival website.

Peixoto Coffee Pistol Whipped Pastry Pop-Up Sunday, March 22

We've already told you about Peixoto Coffee in Chandler, the new shop that's serving crop-to-cup coffee sourced from the owner's family's farm in Brazil. Well, if that wasn't already enough to get you into your car and out to Chandler, then here's another good reason: this Sunday the coffee shop is hosting a pop-up bakeshop from Pistol Whipped Pastry. Pastry chef Rachel Miller, who has contributed to Chow Bella, will be selling limited quantities of pastries including bacon tarts, scones, pies, cookies, s'mores, sables, and more. The pop-up starts at 8 a.m. For more information check the Peixoto Coffee Pistol Whipped Pastry Pop-Up Facebook event.

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