Tequila Festival at the Boulders Resort & Spa
Friday, April 21
El Pedregal at the Boulders Resort & Spa in Scottsdale is hosting a free tequila festival. Guests can enjoy tequila education, tequila barrel blending and tasting, live stage entertainment, cooking demonstrations, and food stations by Spotted Donkey Cantina. Admission is free. The festival is from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, visit The Boulders Resort & Spa's website.
Frozen Creamy Grand Opening
Friday, April 21 and Sunday, April 23
Frozen Creamery, an ice cream and coffee shop in Gilbert, has just opened and is celebrating this weekend. Guests can enjoy a Creamery Coffee Party on Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. followed by another celebration on Sunday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On Friday, you can enjoy free samples of cold-brew shakes all day and try the shop's affogato, “Mint to Be,” featuring Frozen Creamery's mint ice cream with a cup of hot espresso poured over top for $5. On Sunday, guests can enjoy free cold brew float samples and any double scoop of ice cream in a waffle cone for just $5 all day. Frozen Creamery is located at 744 West Ray Road, #103, in Gilbert. For more information, visit Frozen Creamery's website.
Bites 'N Brews Annual Craft Beer Festival
Saturday, April 22
On Saturday, festival-goers can make their way over to Glendale for the Bites 'N Brews Annual Craft Beer Festival featuring brews from more than 26 breweries including Golden Road Brewing, Lumberyard Brewing Company, and Four Peaks. Westgate's bars and restaurants will make up the "Bites" portion of the event. Attendees can enjoy hors d'oeuvres from Salt Tacos y Tequila and Whiskey Rose. The festival is from 5 to 9 p.m. at Westgate Entertainment District. General admission tickets cost $35 per person (pre-sale) and includes entrance into the festival and 10 beer samplings in a 4-ounce souvenir mug. This event is 21 and over only. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Bites 'N Brews' website.
Southwest Cajun Fest
Saturday, April 22
This Saturday, Southwest Cajun Fest attendees can celebrate Cajun culture, cuisine, and handcrafted beer, and will feature live music with jazz, blues, and contemporary swing revival bands. Dig into classic Cajun cuisine like crawfish étouffée, fried gator, and jerk chicken. Attendees also can participate in the following eating contests: watermelon, Cajun wings, and crawfish. Participating restaurants include Angry Crab Shack, Honey Bear's BBQ, and Raging Cajun. General admission tickets cost $8 per person online presale and $10 on the day of the festival. The festival is from noon to 9 p.m. at the Dr. AJ Chandler Park in downtown Chandler. For more information, visit the Southwest Cajun Festival's website.
The Original Taste
Saturday, April 22
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The Original Taste, one of the Scottsdale Waterfront's biggest food festivals, returns this Saturday. More than 40 local restaurants including Bourbon & Bones, Crab & Mermaid, Sushi Roku, and Fogo de Chao will serve up their cuisine. Guests also can enjoy 50 wines from around the world in addition to select brands of beer and premium liquor options abound. General admission tickets cost $125 per person. General admission hours are from 7 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit The Original Taste's website.
Somm Showdown at Cowboy Ciao
Sunday, April 23
Noted mixologist Richie Moe will whip up cocktails, and Cowboy Ciao owner Peter Kasperski will pick wines in Ciao's Somm Showdown this weekend. Guests can enjoy five courses, six wines, and four cocktails. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Call 480-946-3111 to reserve your spot. Tickets cost $60 per person. Tax and tip aren't included. For more information, visit Cowboy Ciao's website.