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AZ BBQ Festival, Pigs & Pinot, School Gardens, AZ Asian Festival, and National Fondue Day in Today's Eater's Digest

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Get ready for a busy weekend, folks. With so much going on around the Valley it's going to be hard to choose what to miss!

First up is the Arizona Barbecue Festival, happening Saturday, April 10th at the Scottsdale Waterfront. This is the mother of all Barbecue festivals with over 50 teams competing (including our very own Web Editor Jonathan McNamara and Music Editor Martin Cizmar, click here to see that mess how things are going) for more then $20,000 in prizes. And what's a festival without a kids zone, farmers market, cooking seminars, a celebrity poker tournament, Live entertainment, beer and of course the not to be missed Toby Keith Whiskey Girl Pageant? $10 gets you in the door and you can sample what's grillin' for $2 a pop. Doors open at 10 a.m. and the party goes till midnight. Visit AZBBQFestival.com for tickets.

If barbecue isn't your thing, slow things down with Slow Food Phoenix and their first ever School Garden Open House Tour.

The tour features 12 unique gardens specializing in everything from edible foods to the life cycle of a butterfly. Saturday 9 a.m. till 1 p.m., $10 gets you access to as many gardens as you want to visit and tickets can be purchased here or at one of the three starting points listed here.

In Chandler, The Living Room Wine Café & Lounge is hosting the first ever Pigs & Pinot Party on Saturday, April 10th from 2 to 10 p.m. Enjoy a glass of wine or a pint of beer while relaxing on the lawn eating fancy pork cuisine and listening to live music. Ten dollar admission fee and food and drink tickets are $1 each. More information here.

Also this weekend, the 16th annual Arizona Asian Festival. April 10th and 11th from 10 a.m. till 7 p.m. head downtown to Heritage Square and enjoy ethnic cuisine, arts & crafts, live demonstrations of martial arts & origami, cultural dances and live music. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Click here for more information.

Last but not least, wind down from your busy weekend with a trip to the Melting Pot to celebrate National Cheese Fondue Day and support Arizona Cardinals Charities. The Melting Pot will be donating $10 from each cheese fondue and $15 from each Big Night Out dinner purchase on Sunday April 11th. For locations click here.

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Shannon Armour
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