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Check, Please! Arizona Festival Sunday, March 30

This weekend brings the second annual Check, Please! Arizona Festival to CityScape in downtown Phoenix. The event, hosted by Channel 8 and co-sponsored by Chow Bella, will bring more than 30 local independent restaurants together for an afternoon of food and drink sampling, panel discussions, and more. Participating restaurants include some of our favorite spots like Cowboy Ciao, Rancho Pinot, America's Taco Shop, and Tarbell's but we're particularly looking forward the James Beard Award winner discussion panel, to be lead by chef Robert McGrath. He'll be joined by Nobuo Fukuda and Christopher Gross, both of whom will also offer presentations of their own. Be sure to check out our list of 5 Things Not to Miss at the Check, Please! Arizona Festival on March 30 and get more information on ticket prices here.

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"Bring Home The Bacon" from Go lb. Salt Saturday, March 29

If you make it to the Gilbert Farmers Market this Saturday (or any Saturday from now on) be sure to swing by the Go lb. Salt booth and check out their new line of locally made, artisan bacon called Bring Home The Bacon. Made with heritage bred pork with no hormones or antibiotics, the bacon comes in thick-cut, half-pound packages and in several flavors: Applewood Maple, Savory Herb, Chocolate ($11) and Black Truffle ($17). All the bacons are cured with a blend of raw organic sugars and unrefined sea salts. The products aren't yet available on the Go lb. Salt website, but you can read more about the flavors here. You can find Bring Home The Bacon at the Gilbert Farmers Market on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon as well as at the Fountain Hills Farmers Market.

Spring Training Send Off BBQ Saturday, March 29

Time sure does fly by this time of year. We can't believe Spring Training ends after this weekend. The Handlebar Tempe is closing out the pre-season with a blowout bbq party that will include giveaways, drink specials, and more. Attendees can get either a burger, bratwurst, or pulled pork sandwich plus either potato salad or "Drunken Pork & Beans" for just $8. Drink specials will include $2.00 PBRs, $12 "Bucket of Pils" (four Mama's Little Yella Pils), and $4.00 Dales Deviant and Dales Palel Ales. You'll also have a chance to win a grand prize that includes four tickets to see the Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Other prizes include two tickets to a game and a $25 Handlebar Tempe gift certificate. For more information visit the event Facebook page.

Market on the Move Saturday, March 29

Local service organization, The 3000 Club, saves approximately 30 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables each year. By rescuing produce that would otherwise go to landfills and distributing it to the public, food banks and other service agencies the group hands out more than $45,000,000 worth of produce annually. The organization hosts regular Market on the Move events throughout Phoenix and Tucson and will be at Arizona State University's West Campus this Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- or whenever the produce runs out. With a $10 donation you can get up to 60 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. The event will be held in parking lots 10 and 11, on the north side of campus, at 4701 W. Thunderbird Road. For more information about the 3000 Club and for other Market on the Move events, check out the 3000 Club website.

10 Best Indian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix

Whether you're an Indian food expert or have just begun to dabble in the world of curry and chaat we've got the perfect restaurant suggestion. Our list of the 10 Best Indian Restaurants in Metro Phoenix includes everything from a tiny eatery tucked into the back of a Tempe Indian market (if you're smart, you'll bring a knowledgable friend to that one) to west side restaurant where even the cocktails offer a little Indian flair. If nothing else our list proves that you don't have to travel far to get a taste of something exotic. If you know where to look you can find excellent southern-style dosa and northern India's famous chaat without having to leave the city limits.

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