Third Annual AZ Wine & Dine Tickets on Sale (And Discounted!) Now

We're still working off those extra Devoured pounds -- and mentally preparing for the six-day eating marathon that is the Scottsdale Culinary Festival -- but sandwiched between those two events is another the Valley's food festivals: AZ Wine & Dine, hosted by the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association.

This year's fest will bring together chefs including Mel Mecinas of the Four Seasons Scottsdale at Troon North, Chris Curtiss of Bourbon Steak, and Paul McCabe of T. Cook's.

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The third annual event will take place on Thursday, April 3 at the Scottsdale Quarter from 5 to 8 p.m. And if you buy your ticket by Monday, March 31 you'll get it at the discounted price of $65.

Attendees can look forward to some pretty interesting dishes this year including a Grilled Pig Tail Slider with Saure Potato "Kraut," Iberico Ham, and Manchego cheese from Judson Branch of the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel; Churro Dusted Pork Street Tacos from John Marchetti of District American Kitchen; and Agave & Chipotle Cured Lamb Belly courtesy of Gregory Wiener of Marriott Phoenix Tempe at the Buttes.

Each of the restaurants will also be paired with a winery pouring at least two varietals to pair with the dishes.

In addition to the food and drink samples, the event will include entertainment provided by Shining Star Band and a silent auction.

You can purchase tickets on the AZ Wine & Dine website. Now through March 31 they'll be $65 a person and will rise to $75 on April 1 and at the door.

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Lauren Saria
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