Looking for something to put in your mouth this weekend? We've got you covered. Check out what's on our plate.
See also: - Local Food Trucks (And Lots of Alt Rock) at That Damn Show 2013 in Mesa on April 20 - Mesquite Chocolate Chips Cookies from Super Chunk Sweets & Treats (Head to the Old Town Scottsdale Famers' Market)
On Saturday, April 20, everyone is invited to Salt River Fields to get smoked out. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., over 25 pitmasters from around the state will be serving smoked meats like brisket, ribs, pulled pork, chicken, and all kinds of shanks. Participating restaurants include Pork on a Fork and Tom's BBQ/Pig Rig, and the bars will be run by LTB Concepts (you know them as chef Aaron May's restaurants). Other festival attractions are the Flavored Vodka Tent with over 100 selections, cooking demonstrations, live music, a kids' zone, the VIP Yard with a shaded bar, and the Redneck Arena with games like bobbing for pigs' feet, watermelon seed spitting, and beer pong. General admission is $12, VIP tickets are $60 in advance, and the vodka tasting is an additional $20. Kids 12 and under get in for free.
Local brewery Four Peaks is celebrating its sweet 16 on Saturday, April 20, at its new tasting room in Tempe. Rather than throwing an elaborate bash that comes with a high price tag, the brewery is putting on an old fashioned street party. Admission and parking are free, as is the live music from local bands. Four Peaks will be serving four specialty beers along with the regular selection of favorites like Kilt Lifter, and food trucks like Luncha Libre and Satay Hut will be on hand to provide local eats. The Four Peaks Fest begins at noon and ends at 9 p.m.
Is your drip coffeemaker not doing your locally roasted, fair trade beans justice? Learn about alternative brewing methods at the Coffee Chop's first class on Saturday, April 20, at 8:30 a.m. You'll learn three new ways to make java, including Chemex, Aeropress, and V60, an iced coffee method perfect to combat the Arizona heat. While the class won't turn you into a certified barista, it will give you the basic skills to get the best flavors from your beans at home using three methods (which have intimidating names but are actually pretty easy to use). For $45, students get the educational class, coffee tastings, and bites from Crepe Bar, the Tempe restaurant that will be hosting the class. Pre-registration is available online.
If you're thinking about swing through a drive-thru to pick up a breakfast sandwich, do yourself a favor and turn the wheel toward Scratch Pastries instead. Now that there's a second location downtown on Roosevelt Row, it's easier than ever to roll out of bed and head there for a leisurely weekend breakfast. The croissant sandwich is hands-down the best this classic gets, starting with the golden brown pastry. Flaky and light, it squishes down just enough without going flat and provides the perfect buttery flavor to elevate the eggs, bacon, cheese, and tomato to breakfast heaven. The béchamel sauce puts it over the top, making this sandwich so good you'll want to order two.
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This weekend will see the last Market on High Street of the season as it closes for the summer with a Spring Carnival. On Sunday, April 21, in addition to locally grown fruits and vegetables for sale, the CityNorth farmers' market will have performers like belly dancers and stilt walkers, carnival games, face painting, balloon animals, a mega-slide, and more. Stop by from 10 to 2 p.m. to pick up baked goods, artisanal foods, bottles of wine, and handmade crafts, and stay for the entertainment and prizes. This is an awesome free activity for families.