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

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Talk & Tasting with Jon Bonné Saturday, August 9

Wine lovers will probably know the name Jon Bonné, the award-winning journalist is wine editor of the San Francisco Chronicle and authors the paper's annual "Top 100 Wines" list. This weekend Bonné will come to Changing Hands Bookstore in Phoenix to promote his book The New California Wine, which serves as both a guide to California's wines, producers, and innovators and gives insight into the state's wine industry. Tickets to the wine tasting and book signing event, which starts at 5 p.m., cost $35 and includes one tasting admission, one seat, and one copy of The New California Wine. For more information visit the Changing Hands website.

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Ancient Ales, Modern Science Saturday, August 9

The art of fermentation -- as in, how you make beer alcoholic and carbonated -- is one of the oldest discoveries made by mankind. It was probably by accident, but that doesn't make it any less of an important event in our history. This weekend the Arizona Science Center will host its second annual Summer Party with the theme Ancient Ales, Modern Science. The event, which goes from 7 to 11 p.m., will explore Egyptian art, culture, science, and, of course, beer. A $50 ticket includes 10 beer sample tasting tickets; presentations such as "The Process of Brewing" with North Mountain Brewery and "Women and Beer" with Mother Bunch Brewing; and access to museum exhibits. For a list of participating breweries or to purchase a ticket visit the Arizona Science Museum website

Back To School Sampling Saturday, August 9

If you're looking for the perfect healthy snacks to send with the kids to school this year, then you won't want to miss Back To School Sampling at Luci's Healthy Market Place this Saturday. During the event all natural and organic food vendors will be serving up samples of kid-friendly snacks including nut-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free alternatives to meet your child's dietary needs. Sampling will go from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and during the event shoppers will get $5 off a purchase of $35 or more.

Shark Week 2014 Kick Off Party Sunday, August 10

Ahh, Shark Week. The time of year when we binge watch television shows and specials that will ensure we never put a toe into the giant blue oceans again. If you're as excited about this television event as the folks at Handlebar Tempe, head to the Mill Avenue bar this Sunday for a Shark Week kickoff party. Hopefully the blood won't be flowing, but the beer definitely will. All week long they'll have specials on Lost Coast Brewery's Great White Wheat, Tangerine Wheat, and Double Trouble IPA. For more information check the Handlebar Tempe Facebook page.

Summer Cocktail Camp with Joshua James Sunday, August 10

If you've had a cocktail off Clever Koi's menu then you're likely already a fan of the restaurant's resident mixologist Joshua James. This week you can get to know the man behind the menu of simple, clean cocktails at Summer Cocktail Camp at The Gladly. During the event James will focus on low alcohol cocktails and stirred cocktails with gomme. Featured drinks may include a classic Sazerac and the Up In Smoke, which blends whiskey, Bonal liqueur, St. George spiced pear, and gimme. The class, which starts at 1 p.m., costs $30 and will include three or four cocktails, recipes, and camp souvenirs. You can make reservations by calling the restaurant at 602-759-8132.

See also: Summer Cocktail Camp at The Gladly (Slideshow)

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