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

Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 

Head to the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall on Saturday and Sunday to experience the main event of this year's Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Attendees can enjoy samples from 40 local restaurants and 30 craft breweries, as well as live music from 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, a family zone, a wine garden, and a vodka lounge. A few of of the restaurants and breweries participating in this year's festival include Sushi Roku, Bourbon Jack's Bar & Grill, Delice Bistro, and Two Brothers Artisan Brewing. The event runs from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. General admission tickets cost $10. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website

Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival
Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17

Enjoy Arizona wine and a chili cook-off at the fifth annual Southeast Arizona Wine Growers Festival this weekend in Elgin. The two-day event includes new wine releases, tastings from 21 Arizona wineries and winemakers, a two-day chili cook-off, a salsa contest, and live music. A few of the wineries lined up for the event include Pillsbury Wines, AZ Hops and Vines, Page Springs Cellars, and Passion Cellars. Plus the Chili Appreciation Society International (no, that's not a joke) will host a regional two-day professional chili cook-off featuring cooks from as far as Texas. This year's festival will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Kief-Joshua Vineyards. Ticket prices start at $22.09. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite page

Mash Bill Whiskey's World of Whiskeys Class  
Saturday, April 16

Go back to school on Saturday with Mash Bill Whiskey's World of Whiskeys class at Scottsdale's Second Story Liquor Bar. Second Story in-house whiskey expert John Christie will share his knowledge of the popular spirit, and guests will sample four to six premium whiskeys in addition to food pairings such as charcuterie, pickled veggies, house spreads, and olives. Classes typically features a history portion and a group discussion about different brands, styles, and expressions. The class runs from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., and tickets cost $119. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the class Eventbrite page

Macayo's ASU Art Museum Fundraiser Tequila Dinner
Saturday, April 16 

Macayo's in Scottsdale is hosting a tequila pairing dinner that will benefit the ASU Art Museum on Saturday. Tequila Ocho producer Tomas Estes and one of two Tequila Ambassadors for the Mexican government will be in attendance. Attendees will also dine with Mexico City-based artist Tania Candiani and curator Julio Cesar Morales of ASU Art Museum. Guests will enjoy a four-course dinner, with each course paired with a different Tequila Ocho mark. Cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m., and tickets cost $50 per person. Thirty dollars of every ticket will be donated to the ASU Art Museum. For more information, visit the Macayo's website. 

Crawfish Boil at DeSoto Central Market
Sunday, April 17

DeSoto Central Market is about to celebrate its one-year anniversary, and you can celebrate this weekend with an all-you-can-eat, Southern-style crawfish boil prepared by top local chefs. Expect to see Stephen Jones of the larder+the delta, Cullen Campbell of Okra and Crudo, Bernie Kantak of The Gladly and Citizen Public House, Jacob Cutino of Homeboy's Hot Sauce, Allan Inocencio of Adobo Dragon, and Quentin Brown of Radish at downtown food hall. Bartenders Micah Olson of Okra and Crudo, and Brian Goodwin of The Gladly and Citizen Public House will be slinging cocktails. You can also jam out to live music during the crawfish fest. Tickets cost $35. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite page

Mixology Class at Lon's at the Hermosa 
Sunday, April 17 

If you're looking to shake things up, consider this weekend's mixology class at Lon's, during which attendees will learn how to make two different tequila cocktails. Cocktail students will learn the differences between different types of tequila, the history of the liquor, how it’s made, the different styles including mixto, blanco, reposado, anejo, and extra anejo. The class also includes an informational packet, which features a variety of tequila-based cocktail recipes so you can whip up drinks at home after the event. Tickets to the class cost $30 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Lon's website

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