Weekend Eats

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

Grand Avenue Festival 2015
Saturday, November 14

Grand Avenue Festival, produced by Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation, as well as the Production Agency for Participatory Arts, will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday along Grand Avenue from 15th Avenue to Polk Street. The Phoenix Annual Parade of the Arts, with the theme of "Big Top PAPA," will occur during the event. Several restaurants will be open during the festival, including Irma's Kitchen, Grand Avenue Pizza Company, Treehouse Bakery, LoveCycles, {9} the Gallery, and ThirdSpace, which will have outdoor seating, a garden area, and a stage and will serve coffee from Grind House and Cortez Coffee Company. Barrio Cafe also will host a pop-up eatery in its newly acquired space in the Bragg's Pie Factory Building. Attendance to the Grand Avenue Festival is free. For more information, visit the Festival on Facebook.

Certified Local Fall Festival

Saturday, November 14

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Local First Arizona will host the 11th Annual Certified Local Fall Festival. Located at Portland Parkway, the festival is a free event celebrating all things local. Entrance is free, but food and drink tickets cost $1 each, with food samples requiring one ticket and drink samples requiring two. The first 500 attendees to arrive will receive a handmade gift bag filled with local goods. Participating restaurants will include Federal Pizza, Short Leash Hot Dogs, The Arrogant Butcher, The Parlor Pizzeria, and Urban Cookies Bakeshop. The beverage garden will include drinks from Wren House Brewing Co., AZ Wilderness Brewing Co., Sand-Reckoner Vineyards, Page Spring Cellars, and others. For more information about the Certified Local Fall Festival (including a list of additional vendors), visit the festival online or on Facebook.

Phoenix Uncorked Wine Festival
Saturday, November 14

The inaugural Phoenix Uncorked Wine Festival will take place this Saturday at Heritage Square in downtown Phoenix. General admission for the event (from 6 to 9 p.m.) cost $55 per person. VIP admission, which costs $65, includes an extra hour of attendance, beginning at 5. Tickets, which can be purchased in advance online, include wine tastings, and food will be available for purchase. Featured wineries will include Lone Birch, Halter Ranch Vineyard, Liberty School, Cupcake Vineyards, and others. Food trucks including The Baker, Bang Bang Dumplings, and Waffle Love will be on hand. For additional details about Phoenix Uncorked Wine Festival, visit the festival online or on Facebook.

Sunday Brunch at Tonto Bar & Grill at Rancho Mañana

Sunday, November 15

Tonto Bar & Grill at Rancho Mañana, located in Cave Creek, now serves brunch on Sundays. Offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays only, the brunch menu includes housemade corned beef hash and eggs, huevos rancheros, vegetable tart and harvest salad, French toast, and the TB&G Benedict, made with poached eggs on Indian fry bread with sautéed spinach, peppered bacon, and Hollandaise and served with crispy fingerling potatoes. Brunch cocktails including the Rancho mimosa and a house Bloody Mary are also available. For additional information, visit Tonto Bar & Grill online, or call 480-488-0698.

2015 Slider Throwdown at Kierland Commons
Sunday, November 15

On Sunday, the 2015 Slider Throwdown will take place at Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, and from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., local food trucks will battle for the title of Best Slider. Contenders include Jamburritos, Phil the Grill, Aioli Burger, Buzz N Bee, Island Loco, and Comfort Cravings. Admission to the throwdown costs $25 per person and includes one slider from each food truck. A cash bar will offer beverages, including non-alcoholic drinks, for purchase. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. For additional details about the Slider Throwdown, visit the event wesbite.
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Cal Faber
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