April food and drink events happening around metro Phoenix | Phoenix New Times

16 food and drinks events happening around Phoenix this April

A Taylor Swift-themed dinner, food festivals and fundraisers are popping up around the Valley this April.
Raise money with breakfast at Over Easy this April.
Raise money with breakfast at Over Easy this April. Over Easy
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Spring is in full bloom, and with that comes a bounty of food and drink events to choose from this April. There's so much to do, see and taste, from a dinner themed around Taylor Swift just in time for the release of her next album, walking events centered on sipping wine or eating brunch and the return of the Fried: French Fry and Music Festival. Here's your guide to all of the can't-miss events happening around metro Phoenix this month.

Dollars for a Dozen Fundraiser

All month
Multiple locations
Local breakfast chain Over Easy has again teamed up with Shamrock Farms and Hickman’s Family Farms for the month of April to raise funds for Phoenix Children’s and United Food Bank. Guests dining at any of Over Easy’s 13 Arizona locations have the opportunity to donate $1 or more. Over Easy will match every dollar donated and Shamrock and Hickman’s will contribute a dozen eggs to the food bank. Since 2020, the annual fundraiser has raised $44,786 and provided 268,716 eggs through the Dollars for a Dozen initiative.
click to enlarge Chupacabra Taproom in Mesa.
The Mesa for All Bar Crawl will host stops throughout downtown Mesa and will feature the release of Spectrum IPA, a special collaboration between Visit Mesa, 12 West Brewing and Chupacabra Taproom.
Charles Barth

Mesa for All Bar Crawl

April 4
1 N. Macdonald St., Mesa
Sip craft beers and specialty cocktails from more than 10 downtown Mesa bars, breweries and taprooms. The bar crawl event will run from 4 to 9 p.m. to raise awareness about Autism Acceptance Month and to release Spectrum IPA, a special collaboration between Visit Mesa, 12 West Brewing and Chupacabra Taproom. Check-in for the bar crawl will be hosted at The Yard Off Main. Featured beverages at participating locations will be $5. Tickets are $15 and a portion of the proceeds benefit the Mesa Regional Foundation for Accessibility, Diversity and Inclusion.

Whiskey Del Bac Tasting Dinner

April 4
15345 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Scottsdale restaurant Arboleda and Tucson distiller Whiskey Del Bac will host a three-course dinner paired with cocktails crafted by Arboleda’s lead mixologist Josh Weiland. The prix fixe menu includes lamb meatballs to start, followed by Iberico Pork Pluma with potato rosti. The meal closes with a chocolate cake served with chocolate ganache, graham cracker crumble and marshmallow ice cream. Cocktails to be served include the Sparkling Goldrush, made with Del Bac’s Sentinel rye, lemon juice, honey and Champagne. Tickets are $125 per person and may be reserved on OpenTable.
click to enlarge Pouring wine into a glass.
More than 100 types of wine will be available to taste at the Uncorked: Arizona Wine Fest.
Shaunté Glover

Uncorked: Arizona Wine Festival

April 6
7555 N. Pima Road, Scottsdale
The fourth annual Uncorked: Arizona Wine Festival will feature over 100 wines from across the globe along with food trucks and a live DJ. Early admission is $75 and includes entry at 6 p.m., providing attendees an extra hour of tasting complete with bonus pours from wineries. General admission is $60 and entry is at 7 p.m. The event concludes at 10 p.m. and is open to those 21 and older. The event benefits local nonprofit The AZ Small Dog Rescue.

Amaro Cocktail Mixology

April 6
711 E. Missouri Ave., #115
Join Provision Bar Manager David Royer for an amaro cocktail class, starting at 4 p.m. Guests will learn about amaro – Italian for “bitter” – and explore the range of aperitifs, which includes Campari, Fernet and Montenegro, among others. Tickets are $75 and may be purchased on Eventbrite.
click to enlarge Taylor Swift.
Taylor Swift and her eras are the focus of a special dinner and movie screening at FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel.
Jim Louvau

Taylor Swift Eras-themed Dinner

April 12
1100 N. Central Ave.
FOUND:RE Phoenix Hotel and Match Market & Bar will pay homage to pop icon Taylor Swift through an Eras-themed dinner a week before her latest album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” is released. The five-course meal has a menu inspired by Swift’s greatest hits. In addition to the dinner, guests can watch a screening of the concert film “Taylor Swift: The Eras Tour” or test their Swiftie knowledge with trivia and games. Tickets are $89 and may be purchased on Eventbrite.

Phoestival of Health

April 13
720 N. 5th St.
The team from the holiday market Phoestivus will launch a new, free, family-friendly event at the Phoenix Farmers Market this month. Phoestival of Health will offer activities throughout the day, including cooking demonstrations, a blood drive, presentations about sustainability, nutrition and wellness, as well as an array of health vendors who will join the regular lineup of merchants and growers at the downtown farmers market.

The Original Taste

April 13
3939 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
On April 13, The Original Taste festival will take over the Scottsdale Waterfront. Over 40 local restaurants will be serving samples of their menus including Kasai Steakhouse, Ling & Louie’s Asian Bar and Grill and Fogo de Chão Brazillain Steakhouse. Also, more than 50 wines from around the world, select brands of beer and premium liquor options will be available. Tickets start at $150 for general admission; $350 for VIP.
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Foodstock plans to bring more than 50 food trucks to the West Valley.
Visit Phoenix


April 13
16101 N. 83rd Ave.
Food trucks will descend on the Peoria Sports Complex from 4 to 10 p.m. for Foodstock, serving $5 sample dishes and a full menu, while competing to be named “Best Street Food Truck.” In addition to eats, there will be a full bar and family-friendly activities including a splash pad, playground and face painting. Tickets are $5; admission is free for those ages 12 and younger.

Final Anniversary IX

April 13
1050 N. Fairway Drive, Building F, #101, Avondale
West Valley brewery 8-Bit Aleworks will host its ninth-anniversary party – themed around the video game franchise "Final Fantasy." The party will feature 35 8-Bit beers on tap, including special releases such as the return of its popular Choco Taco Mage stout. The brewery will take over its parking lot for the event, hosting yard games, local vendors, food trucks and more. This party is free to attend and is a 21-plus event.

Fried: French Fry and Music Festival

April 20
67 W. Culver St.
It's a French fry extravaganza at Fried: French Fry and Music Festival from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 20 at Margaret T. Hance Park. There will be classic fries and loaded versions with savory toppings. Live music will also be featured from local bands and performers. Tickets are $16 and attendees can purchase food and drink from individual vendors.
click to enlarge The al pastor tacos at Ghett'Yo' Tacos.
Ghett Yo Taco + Wings is one of the stops along the You're Bacon Me Crazy Brunch Crawl through downtown Chandler.
Ghett Yo Tacos

You’re Bacon Me Crazy Brunch Crawl

April 20
8 S. San Marcos Place, Chandler
More than 15 downtown Chandler restaurants will be offering bites and sips for a brunch crawl dubbed You’re Bacon Me Crazy. Participating restaurants will serve dishes such as avocado toast and breakfast tacos for $6; mimosas, smoothies and bloody marys for $5; or $10 for a food and drink pairing. Wristbands to reserve your spot on the crawl start at $20 and will be available for pickup at SanTan Brewing Co.

Olive Blossom Festival

April 20-21
25062 S. Meridian Road, Queen Creek
Queen Creek Olive Mill’s two-day Olive Blossom Festival returns this spring, showcasing the budding trees, temperate weather and the launch of the mill’s limited edition, late-harvest extra virgin olive oil – blended by olive oil sommelier Perry Rea in partnership with Corning Olive Oil Co. The event will also feature live music, special vendors and tractor tours. The festival is free to attend and no RSVP is required.
click to enlarge Two tiki cocktails.
Plan for a weekend filled with tiki fun at the Hotel Valley Ho.
Arizona Tiki Oasis

Arizona Tiki Oasis

April 25-28
6850 E Main St., Scottsdale
The island-lifestyle meetup returns to Hotel Valley Ho, celebrating all things tiki and midcentury, including food and drinks. During the three-day Arizona Tiki Oasis, sip craft cocktails and join fellow island revelers in spirits tastings; learn from mixologists about cocktail-making, including how to properly garnish a tiki drink; and dress to the nines for a retro evening of dinner and a fashion show at Glam-O-Rama. Event ticket prices vary, and can be purchased online.

Urban Wine Walk

April 27
Multiple locations
Wander through downtown on the Urban Wine Walk, where you can sample wines at more than 15 restaurants, bars and taprooms. Each participating location will offer a $5 wine sample and complimentary snack, while supplies last. Stop for pictures along this self-guided tour at floral installations that will be placed throughout downtown. No registration is required; maps will be provided at wine walk locations.
click to enlarge Tent at the Day Drinker Devil Ride.
Earn your beer with a 10-mile ride through Papago Park with Pedal Haus Brewing.
Pedal Haus Brewery

Fourth Annual Day Drinker Devil Ride

April 27
730 South Mill Ave., #102, Tempe
Join Pedal Haus Brewery for a bike ride, scavenger hunt and after-party that benefits the Rob Dollar Foundation to create safer roads for Arizona cyclists. The event starts at 10 a.m. at Pedal Haus’ Tempe location. Cyclists can ride the 10-mile mountain bike course through the trails at Papago Park or a less technical 10-mile gravel route. The ride includes a scavenger hunt – cyclists who take selfies at various landmarks will be rewarded with raffle tickets for bikes, gear and gift cards. The after-party will feature happy hour pricing on drinks and a breakfast plate for $10. The $5 event ticket includes guests’ first Day Drinker Light Lager.
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