Five Things to Eat and Drink this Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Glendale Chocolate Affair

When it comes to your favorite companion and your favorite confection, it's often difficult to say who (or what) you love more. Fortunately you can satisfy both loves of your life this weekend at the Glendale Chocolate Affair happening between 58th and Glendale Avenue in Historic Downtown Glendale. Enjoy candy factory tours, romance writing workshops, and chocolate-covered everything, including churros, bacon, crepes and even key lime pie. This free event runs Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. For more details, visit the City of Glendale online.

The Good Life Festival: Eat Play Love

This Saturday, find plenty of reasons to eat play love at the Good Life Festival hosted by the Encanterra Country Club in San Tan Valley. Staring at 10:30 am for VIP ticket holders and noon for general admission, this public event will feature live music, Valentine's Day shopping, and cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs Tyler Florence and Duff Goldman as well as local culinary stars, Julia Baker, James Porter, and Aaron May.

Also in attendance will be food truck favorites such as Pizza People, Old Dixie's, and The Grilled Cheese Truck. Admission prices range from $20 to $70 depending on your choice of festival package. For more information or to purchase a ticket, visit the Good Life Festival online.

Mardi Crawl 2013

Although the actual Mardi Gras isn't until Tuesday (as it is every year), 2013's Mardi Crawl will be making it's way through the streets of Downtown Phoenix this Saturday starting at 9 p.m. The annual pub crawl will be making stops by trolly (for those who managed to score the now sold-out VIP tickets) and on foot (for the thirsty rest of us) at all the Downtown drinking spots including: Seamus McCaffrey's, Gypsy Bar, Lustre Bar, and The Duce.

Participation is free and drink specials will be offered at different bars all night long. Food trucks will also be parked on Central Avenue between Jefferson and Washington Street for any crawlers with late night munchies. As an added safety bonus, Discount Cabs will be waiting on Central Avenue just south of CityScape to take you home at the end of the night. For more information, visit the Downtown Phoenix Mardi Crawl online.

Arizona Renaissance Festival

Hear ye, hear ye - the Renaissance Festival is kicking off this weekend, giving you the chance to sport your most medieval attire, turn on your old English accent, and gorge yourself on behemoth turkey legs in the name of Shakespeare. Enjoy carni-comedy, jousting tournaments and more as you sip meed and eat yee old churro. Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, now through March 31. For more information or to purchase tickets in advance visit the Renaissance Festival online.

For the Love of Cheese... Cheese & Wine Tasting at The House Brasserie

This Sunday, The House Brasserie is encouraging you to embrace the cheesiness of Valentine's Day with For the Love of Cheese, a 2-hour cheese and wine tasting event lead by experienced cheesemonger, Lara Mulchay. Happening from 3 to 5 p.m. this event will feature an educational five course sampling of artisan cheeses and your choice of red, white, or sparkling wine. Tickets are $30 per person and $50 per couple. For more information or to purchase a spot, visit the event online.

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