Events

Your Guide to Metro Phoenix's Food and Drink Events Happening This September

This year's Arizona State Fair awaits.
This year's Arizona State Fair awaits. Melissa Fossum
We've reached the beginning of the month again, so here's a brand new list of food and drink events to fill the calendar. Like cake? There's an event for that. How about garlic? We have that too, plus a shrimp boil, green chile festival, mescal pairing dinner, and more. Here's where to eat, drink, and be merry in metro Phoenix this September.
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Be one of the first 250 people at your nearest Nothing Bundt Cakes bakery on Sept. 1 to get a free Confetti Bundtlet. The cake giveaway is a celebration of the company’s 25th birthday.
Nothing Bundt Cakes
25th Birthday Celebration
Thursday, September 1
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Multiple Locations
nothingbundtcakes.com

The first 250 guests at Nothing Bundt Cakes locations will receive a free Confetti Bundtlet, as the bakery turns 25 years old. There's also an online contest where one lucky person will win a $25,000 birthday celebration planned by a celebrity party planning company, with 25 runner-ups receiving a $100 Nothing Bundt Cakes gift card. You can enter the contest by submitting a photo and description of your favorite birthday memory. Entries will be accepted through September 25.
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The Loco Moco dog is Hawaiian comfort food reimagined.
Tim Fox
Hot Dog Days Extravaganza
Friday, September 2 through Friday, September 30
Joe's Farm Grill
3000 East Ray Road, Gilbert
480-563-4745
joesfarmgrill.com
Stop by Joe's Farm Grill for a hot dog and sausage extravaganza. It's $13 for one or $19 for two, of the same kind or mix and match. There's the Dynamite Dog, a Schreiner's spicy pork hot link slathered with scorpion pepper and habanero cream cheese, topped with hand-breaded fried chillito peppers and sweet-hot pepper jelly. The Loco Moco Dog sounds intriguing, with the classic Hawaiian comfort food of a burger patty topped with an oozing fried sunny-side up egg and rich homemade brown gravy, all on top of sticky rice, an open-faced, buttered grilled bun, and a split grilled hot dog. The dog days of summer aren't over yet.
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Popcorn and the movie theater go hand in hand.
Phoenix New Times Archive
National Cinema Day
Saturday, September 3
LOOK Dine-In Cinemas
1 West Chandler Boulevard, Chandler
480-608-4191
lookcinemas.com
LOOK Dine-In Cinemas in Chandler is marking National Cinema Day by giving moviegoers $3 small popcorn portions and $3 soft drinks. Movies that day for all showtimes and in all formats will also be $3 per person.
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Chile-roasting is part of the fun at Amadio Ranch.
Melissa Fossum
Green Chile Festival
Saturday, September 3 and Sunday, September 4
Amadio Ranch 4701 West Dobbins Road, Laveen Village
602-791-9633
www.amadioranch.com

Family-owned Amadio Ranch is hosting its second annual Hatch Chile Festival. Get your fresh roasted green chiles directly from Hatch, New Mexico plus visit food trucks and vendors. The festival runs Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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Pots of shrimp, potatoes, sausage, and corn will be dumped right on your table at Welcome Diner.
Jackie Mercandetti
Welcome Diner Shrimp Boil
Sunday, September 4
929 East Pierce Street
602-495-1111
welcomediner.net

You're encouraged to eat with your hands, right off the table, at Welcome Diner's shrimp boil. Wren House Brewing, McClendon's Select, Schreiner's Sausage, and Nelson's Meat and Fish will also be participating. The $40 tickets (plus fees) includes one seat, the shrimp boil, fixings, and two beers.
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Belly Kitchen and Bar opens to the public on Thursday, September 8, at 5 p.m.
Epicenter
Grand Opening
Thursday, September 8
Belly Kitchen and Bar
3150 East Ray Road, Gilbert, #180
480-500-6464
bellyphx.com
Belly Kitchen and Bar is one of the host of new restaurants coming to Gilbert's Epicenter. The Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese-inspired eatery has already found success in Phoenix. Belly will be exploring new dishes at its East Valley location plus a completely new lunch menu. The restaurant will welcome its first customers on Thursday, September 8.

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Chocolate buttercream cookies will be on special at Batch Cookie Shop.
Batch Cookie Shop
International Chocolate Day
Monday, September 12 to Saturday, September 17
Batch Cookie Shop
1495 North Higley Road, Gilbert, #107
480-818-6454
batchcookieshop.com
International Chocolate Day is September 12, but Batch Cookie Shop in Gilbert is making it a week-long celebration. Four chocolate-centric cookies, including Chocolate Buttercream, Chocolate Lava, Chocolate Peanut Butter Dream, and Joyful Almond, will be around for the week in addition to the regular offerings. Plus on Tuesday you can buy one cookie and get one free, with a limit of three.
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Christopher's is the perfect place to be wine and dined.
Christopher's at Wrigley Mansion
Meet the Somm Wine Dinner Series
Tuesday, September 13
Christopher's at Wrigley Mansion
2501 East Telawa Trail
602-522-2344
wrigleymansion.com/christophers
Chef Mark Tarbell will be the guest sommelier for this wine series event at Christopher's at Wrigley Mansion. Tarbell has a background working at Michelin-starred restaurants and opened up the award-winning Tarbell's Restaurant in Phoenix in 1994. The reception will start at 6:30 p.m. with dinner to follow. It's $499 per person, and you can prepay online to reserve your spot.
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Create your own glass etchings and taste some wine at Found:RE Contemporary's event.
Match Market & Bar
Glass Etching and Wine Tasting
Friday, September 16
Found:RE Contemporary
1100 North Central Avenue
602-875-8000
foundrehotels.com/contemporary
Found:RE Contemporary art gallery is hosting a night of glass etching and wine tasting led by guest artist Cundiff Crafts and Creations. Choose between two or four glasses, the style of wine or pint, plus a variety of designs. There will also be a wine tasting and food and beverages available from Match Market & Bar. Show your ticket to receive 15 percent off your purchase.
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Stock up on Queen Creek Olive Mill's best-selling roasted garlic olive oil and other garlic products.
Queen Creek Olive Mill
Garlic Fest
Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 25
Queen Creek Olive Mill
25062 South Meridian Road, Queen Creek
480-888-9290
queencreekolivemill.com

The ninth annual Garlic Fest is back at Queen Creek Olive Mill, lasting just over a week. Watch cooking demos, play games in the grove, purchase garlic products and accessories, and more. Del Piero Kitchen will have a daily garlic-inspired menu plus the beer and wine garden will be open on the weekend. The event is free to attend with no reservations required.
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Learn what's new with bourbon during Hearth '61's sipping seminar.
Mountain Shadows
Spirited Sipping Seminar
Saturday, September 17

Hearth '61 at Mountain Shadows
5445 East Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale
480-624-5458
www.mountainshadows.com/dining/hearth
Learn all about bourbon during this history lesson and tasting, paired with a light nosh at Hearth '61 at Mountain Shadows. Space is limited to 20 guests, with a maximum party size of eight. Tickets cost $39.
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Stop by Found:RE Phoenix's for some tasty mezcal and food pairings.
Found:RE Hotel
Four-Course Mezcal Pairing Dinner
Saturday, September 17
Match Market and Bar at Found:Re Phoenix
602-875-8000
foundrehotels.com/match

Found:RE Phoenix and Compa Spirits are teaming up for a four-course mezcal pairing dinner, with dishes prepared by executive chef Shane Jackson with tastings from Erstwhile Mezcal, a woman-led socially conscious distillery. Examples of courses include a fresh corn porridge with a mezcal-cured quail egg, wild mushrooms, agave roasted peppers, and chapulines, and lamb shank barbacoa with habanero, clove, gremolata, and sour orange. The event costs $159 per person, plus tax and gratuity.

Our Favorite Things Tea Party
Wednesday, September 21 to Sunday, September 25
Drink Me! Tea Room
1730 East Warner Road, #5, Tempe
602-206-5469
drinkmetearoom.com

Here's your chance to try some of Drink Me! Tea Room's favorite items from their menu over the past two years. You'll indulge in a three-tiered selection of sweet and savory plant-based and gluten-free treats. Opt to make it a tipsy tea party by adding special tea cocktails and mocktails. The Full Afternoon Tea is $54 per person while the Literary Tea offers a smaller sampling of treats and is $36.50 per person.
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Cardinali Family Concessions' famous deep-fried watermelon.
Melissa Fossum
Arizona State Fair
Friday, September 23 to October, 30 (Thursdays through Sundays)
Arizona State Fairgrounds
1826 West McDowell Road
602-252-6771
azstatefair.com
The Arizona State Fair has been entertaining Arizonans for over a century and it's back again this year for some more fun. Chow down on all the fried food on a stick you can eat, listen to musical acts, and take a ride on the Ferris wheel. Tickets are $15 for those age 8 and up.

National Chimichanga Day
Monday, September 26
Macayo's Mexican Food
Multiple Locations
macayo.com

Macayo's Mexican Food is celebrating 76 years in business and the Arizona staple has always been known for its chimichangas. This National Chimichanga Day, the restaurant is merging the two with a chimichanga and birthday celebration. Grab a shredded chicken or beef chimichanga for $10, or $2 off the regular price. Round out the meal with a side of Mexican rice and refried beans for 76 cents each.

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The colors of the rainbow in a poké bowl.
Koibito Poké
International Poke Day
Monday, September 26 to Wednesday, September 28
Koibito Poke
Multiple Locations
koibitopoke.com
International Poke Day is September 28, but Koibito Poke is beginning the celebration early. During the celebration, the first 10 customers at each location will receive exclusive gifts, plus guests will have a chance to win free poké for a year (some restrictions do apply). Additionally over at the Koibito Poke Waterfront location, you can enjoy a special sake, beer, and wine tasting.

National Coffee Day
Thursday, September 29
Multiple Locations

If you love your java, you'll be jumping for joy over all the deals on National Coffee Day. Scooter's Coffee is offering a free small cup of fresh-brewed coffee. Just scan your Scooter's Coffee app. Duck Donuts in Chandler will also give guests a free medium hot coffee or cold brew with the purchase of a donut, plus an offer for a free coffee with any purchase on your next visit. La Madeleine is celebrating with one free regular or large drip coffee for customers who order online or on the app. Dunkin' is offering a free medium hot or iced coffee for its DD Perks members, and Peet's has complimentary small drip coffee with any purchase at participating locations.
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Julie Levin is a writer, digital specialist, and an on-air news radio anchor. When she's not behind the scenes or mid broadcast, she's trying new eateries and bars or meeting up with as many friends as possible in one day (usually socializing around food). A self-proclaimed history geek, she also enjoys reading menus and watching food shows with her fiancé. They're working on visiting every place on their master list of Arizona restaurants.