Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market Saturday, November 16
With a huge variety of colorful produce and just about every other type of vendor you can imagine, it's no wonder the Old Town Scottsdale Farmers Market is one of the busiest in the Valley. Last weekend, we headed out to take you on a visual tour of just what you can expect with the season in full swing. As always, we loved the fresh fruits and vegetables courtesy of McClendon's Selects, but also ogled products from Lillie Maes Blue Ribbon Pickles and Arizona Honey Market. See (and taste!) it all for yourself every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the city parking lot at the southeast corner of Brown and First streets.
Pie Social Saturday, November 16
Pie is love at Chow Bella and Roosevelt Row's fourth annual Pie Social. We've got an all-star lineup of celebrity chefs this year and as always, you can get in on the action by bringing two of your own pies to submit to our community baker table. Do that and we'll give you five tasting tickets -- tickets will also be available for purchase, $10 for five. We'll have on-site T-shirt screening, music from Pick 'n Holler, square dancing, a food truck, an auction . . . and pie. Lots of pie. Pie Social 2013 will take place Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the "What Should Go Here" Pop Up Park at Second Street and Roosevelt.
Tour de Coops Saturday, November 16
Like domesticated fowl? Then you won't want to miss Valley Permaculture Alliance's fifth annual Tour de Coops. The event is exactly what it sounds like: you buy a ticket and take yourself on a self-guided tour of some of the best chicken coops in the Valley. Check in for the Tour de Coop will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday morning on the northeast corner of Indian School and Central streets. You'll receive a printed guide and map (as well as some other materials) upon check in and urban chicken farmers will be available at each stop to discuss tips and tricks for chicken keeping. The tour will run until 4 p.m. Tickets cost $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the event. For more information visit the Tour de Coops website.
Festival at the Farm Saturday, November 16
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This weekend, Arizona winemakers will gather at the Farm at South Mountain to showcase their best offerings at the Arizona Wine Growers Association Festival at the Farm. On Saturday, the festivities will include a picnic lunch from the Farm Kitchen, as well as wine tastings from more than 29 Arizona wineries, educational seminars and both silent and live auctions. The schedule includes the Grand Wine Tasting, during which guests will be able to sample hundreds of wines made in the state, and Celebrate AZ Award Winning Wines, a discussion with winners from the 2013 Wine Competition. Tickets to the festival will cost $65 in advance or $75 at the door. Taste the products from out state's wine region from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 16. Ticket purchasers and all guests must be 21 or over. For more information visit the event website.
Noble Bread Dinner at Crudo Saturday, November 16
We all found out just how much chef Claudio Urciuoli loves bread when news broke that he would be leaving Noca to pursue his dreams of making artisan breads to sell at farmers markets and local restaurants. This weekend, he and Crudo chef Cullen Campbell will share the kitchen at Noca to bring the full flavor of bread to the forefront. Each of the chefs will create two courses in this four-course dinner that will showcase Nobel Bread, the brainchild of baker Jason Raducha. The menu includes Fossil Creek Fonduta with Fire Roasted Beets, Apples, and Noble Bread, as well as Snapper with Escarole, Garbanzo, Bread Crumbs and Salmoriglio. The dinner will begin at 7 p.m. at Noca and costs $50 a person. Reservations are required. Call 602-358-8666.