Top 5 Things to Eat and Drink This Weekend in Metro Phoenix

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Food City Tamale Festival Saturday, December 14

On the hunt for homemade tamales? Yeah, we don't blame you for not wanting to make them on your own. It's a pretty time consuming project. But this weekend some of the best tamale-makers in the state will be showing off their tamales at the Food City Tamale Festival. The two-day event will begin this Saturday at 10 a.m. and runs until 6 p.m. Between 1st and 5th Avenues on Washington Street in downtown Phoenix, members of various faith-based groups will sell thousands of tamales, made in commercial kitchens. Tamales will be sold both in both single orders and by the dozen.

More events this weekend: - First Arcadia Cookbook Swap Includes Valley Chefs, Cooking Demos, Canned Food Drive

Apron Pop-Up at Crepe Bar Saturday, December 14

Still looking for the perfect holiday gift for your culinarily-minded friends? Well we've got one more idea -- in addition to the 50 we've already shared -- to add to the list. This Saturday Angela Muniz, a.k.a. Girl from Arizona, will have a pop-up shop to sell her custom aprons for chefs, baristas and messy kids. The aprons can be customized with add-ons including pockets, cellphone pockets, towel loops, and colors. Aprons for adults cost $45, but add-ons -- like a towel loop or extra pocket -- cost $4 each. The children aprons start at $25. The pop-up shop will be from from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Crepe Bar in Tempe.

Chinese "POP UP" Sunday, December 15

Though she's made her name by serving up sweet treats like ice cream and brittle, Sweet Republic co-owner Helen Yung knows a thing or two (or five) about savory things too. This weekend she'll be cooking a multi-course, family-style Chinese meal at FnB restaurant in Scottsdale. The pop-up event begins at 1 p.m. and costs $30 a person. We're not sure what's this "true foodist" be cooking up, but we're pretty sure it's going to be delicious.

Breakfast with Santa Claus Sunday, December 15

Santa will be swinging by the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix's District American Kitchen and Wine Bar both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both days the restaurant will be serving a seasonal breakfast with ham carving and omelets made to order. During Breakfast with Santa kids can take in the holiday decor (including their gingerbread house display), decorate Christmas cookies, and of course take a photo with Santa. As for the adults, look forward to a blood Mary bar and endless mimosas. The breakfast costs $31 for adults and $15.50 for kids 12 and under. For reservations call 602-817-5400.

Four Peaks Winter Wobbler

Earlier this week Tempe-based Four Peaks Brewery introduced their new winter seasonal beer, Winter Wobbler. The brewery wanted to incorporate the flavors of Hispanic foods and were inspired by champurrado, or Mexican hot chocolate. Since champurrade usually incorporates flavors including cinnamon, allspice, cayenne, and masa harina, the beer geniuses at Four Peaks came up with a recipe that uses organic cacao powder, canelo, allspice, dried pasilla chilies and barley. You can snag a glass of the "chocolaty, spicy - but not hot - beer" at Four Peaks locations in Tempe and Scottsdale. Growlers not available.

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