Free Chocolate, Half-Off Shaved Ice, and More This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

Free Dark Chocolate Tastings at Zak's Chocolate
Friday, May 6 to Saturday, May 7

Scottsdale's Zak's Chocolate is celebrating its first birthday by asking customers to help pick the next dark chocolate to go on the shop's menu. Customers can sample 10 different complimentary single-origin 70 percent dark chocolates, which Zak's has crafted using cocoa beans from all over the world. The event is free, and will take place on Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. Zak's will be showcasing different beans on both days. For more information, visit the Facebook event or Zak's website

Half Off at Snoh Ice Shavery
Saturday, May 7

Shaved ice spot Snoh is turning three and offering discounts on its sweets to honor the occasion. Customers can enjoy half off this spot's signature snoh and boba drinks. For more information, visit Snoh's website or the event's Facebook page

Tapped Brew Fest 
Saturday, May 7

If you're searching for a way to celebrate beer, Tapped Brew Fest has you covered. Attendees can sample more than 50 beers from 25 breweries, and also can enjoy a live DJ, monster beer pong, LED corn hole, giant black light Jenga, and fare from a handful of food trucks. A few of the breweries pouring their brews include North Mountain, Sun Up, and Peoria Artisan. General admission tickets cost $40. Forty tastings are included in the price. The event will take place at Fear Farm, and general admission runs from 7 to 11 p.m. For more information, visit Tapped Brew Fest's website

Verde Valley Wine Festival
Saturday, May 7 

Celebrate wine, food, and local products hailing from Northern Arizona at the Verde Valley Wine Festival in Clarkdale Town Park. Wineries including Chateau Tumbleweed, Grand Canyon Wine Co., LDV, and Pillsbury Wine Company will be pouring their vino. General admission tickets cost $25, and the event runs from noon to 4 p.m. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Verde Valley Wine Festival website

Arcadia's Edible Garden Tour
Saturday, May 7

If you've always wanted to know what your neighbors are growing in their backyards, this Saturday's Edible Garden Tour will give you that chance. Nine different urban farmers in Arcadia are inviting visitors to see the produce, trees, and other edibles they grow. Tour-goers can purchase refreshments and food from Jill's Sweet Life Garden, one of the tour stops. Tickets cost $18. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit the Edible Garden Tour's official website

Arizona Sangria Festival
Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 8

Head to Chandler if you'd like to celebrate traditional Spanish sangria this weekend. One ticket includes a tasting glass, 10 sangria tastings, and five Spanish wine tastings. Guests also can enjoy flamenco guitar, a flamenco dance expo, and live music. Pre-sale tickets cost $35, and tickets at the gate cost $40. The festival runs from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. The Sangria Festival will be held at Rawhide Western Town in Chandler. For more information, visit Arizona Sangria Festival's website

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Teresa is a writer, editor, traveler, and food enthusiast. She loves chocolate, espresso, and Chihuahuas.
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