Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend

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Crafeteria The weekend is always cause for celebration, and to add further excitement, Phoenix's most out-of-hand craft fair is back. This year's Crafeteria, happening Friday from 6 to 10 p.m. in the parking lot of Medlock Plaza, will feature over 40 local vendors selling their handmade crafts. The event will offer plenty of holiday shopping opportunities, live music from Stinkweeds, and yes, there will be food. As usual Short Leash will be there with gourmet hot dog fare, but this time they're also serving up some holiday s'mores to sweeten your Crafeteria experience. Be sure to also pick up artisan Mexican food products like mole poblano, spiced hot cocoa mix, and cajeta (goats milk caramel) from Muñeca Mexicana while you're there. For more information on Crafeteria, check out Jackalope Ranch's preview of the handmade lineup.

Flights of Fancy Beer Sampling Party at The Handlebar

The Handlebar and Grill in Tempe is hosting a Flights of Fancy Beer Sampling party this Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. Admission to this limited-seating event is $10, which isn't bad when you consider what it gets you: a flight of 5 Four Peaks brews, your choice of bratwurst or supersized fries, and a chance to discuss craft beers with Four Peaks representatives. For extra credit, you can score a 1 cent pint of Kiltlifter if you ride your bike to the party. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Flights of Fancy Facebook Event.

Tryst Cafe's Special Chanukah Dinner

In honor of Chanukah, which begins this Sunday evening, Tryst Cafe in North Phoenix is offering a special dinner of traditional brisket, latkes, and seasonal vegetables for $16. This menu item will only be available through December 16th (a.k.a. the final day of Chanukah). And while it's a nice thought to provide a home cooked meal for every night of the Jewish holiday, by about day 5 you're kind over the whole idea. To find out more about more about this limited-time only offer or to make a reservation, call Tryst Cafe at 480-585-7978.

Phoenix Invitational Brewers Festival

Because you can never have too many beer festivals, the inaugural Phoenix Invitational Brewers Festival is coming to Downtown Phoenix this Friday and Saturday, noon to 10 p.m., at Heritage Square Park. The festival celebrating craft beer culture will be bringing in 61 breweries from all over the country to sample over 25 different styles of beer. The event will also feature live music, food, vendors, and demonstrations on how to brew your own beer at home. Tickets are $10 and include one souvenir mug for sampling beers throughout the day. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit PhoenixBrewFest.com.

Roots: The Definitive Compendium at Changing Hands Bookstore

Okay this cookbook may not be something you can physically eat or drink, but we're willing to make an exception. Award-winning cookbook author, Diane Morgan is coming to Changing Hands Bookstore this Sunday at 2:00 p.m. to meet, greet, and discuss her new book, Roots: The Definitive Compendium. This cookbook will teach you the ins and outs of 29 major root vegetables, including their history, nutritional value, and how to care for them in your kitchen. The book also features over 225 recipes from soups and salads to main courses and desserts. For more information or to purchase a copy visit Changing Hands Bookstore online.

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