Spring may not technically start until March, but here in the Valley, it’s basically spring 9 months of the year anyway. Some of the best weather during the year begins as early as January. Coming off all the holiday parties and New Year’s celebrations, the next few months are packed full of food and drink related festivities. From the wine festival to cocktail weekend and more, this spring has festivals for anybody who likes to eat and drink, which is pretty much everyone. If you’re looking for something to keep yourself busy over the next several weeks, be sure to check out the festivals below.
This year marks the 9th annual Arizona Cocktail Weekend, 3 days full of drinking with three different signature events. See the best brand in the industry showcase their best spirits, attend happy hour parties, and even educational seminars filled with craft cocktails. This year, the event ‘Top Bar’ will be hosted at The Croft, featuring pop ups of renowned bars throughout the state and the world. Enjoy craft cocktails from all over, right in downtown Phoenix.
Strong Beer Festival
300 E Indian School Rd, Phoenix
For 20 years the strong beer festival has been giving beer drinkers in Arizona pint loads of some of the best beers in the area. This year, for the 20th installment, they’re going all out. The festival has announced special collaborations with 20 different breweries across the state and throughout the country. In total guests will have the opportunity to sample from 130 different breweries and over 500 different craft beers on tap. The event also functions as a fundraiser for the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. See the posted full beer list here.
The Laveen BBQ Festival
7858 S 35th Ave, Laveen Village
If you love barbecue, consider venturing over to Laveen for the 68th BBQ Festival. For the second year in a row, the festival will be held at Cesar Chavez Park where festival goers can look forward to local entertainment, craft beer, and of course, lots and lots of barbecue from tons of different vendors. Over recent years this event has seen a spike in attendance and has become one of the fastest growing festivals in the state. Each year, the BBQ Festival is the largest event put on by the Laveen community council, making it great fun for the whole family. The event lasts from 11 am to 4 pm and is open to all.
Off the Vine Arizona Wine Festival
10901 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley
The Off the Vine Wine Festival returns to Oro Valley this year for its 7th incarnation at the historic Steam Pump Ranch. This year’s event features live music, food from a variety of local eateries, and exclusive wine tastings from 27 of Arizona’s premier wineries. Tickets are available online for $25 and come with a commemorative wine glass and 8 wine tasting tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate for $30. However, non-wine drinkers, children, and designated drivers can enter free of charge.
Corks and Cactus
February 8 and 9
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
The Desert Botanical Garden is one of the best places to see in Arizona. Strolling through the garden to see all the plants and cactus is always a good time, but it’s even better when you’re sipping on a glass of fine wine. This two day event features 40 different wines to taste as you make your way through the garden. Each of the wines will be available to buy at the retail store. The event runs from 1 pm to 4:30 pm both days. Tickets are $45.
Street Eats Food Truck Festival
February 8 and 9
7555 N Pima Rd, Scottsdale
If you’re hungry and looking for a smorgasbord of food, then the Street Eats Food Truck Festival is the place for you. Featuring more than 55 food trucks, live music, lawn games, eating contests and more. The festival takes place at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick Arena. Enjoy trucks with all kinds of different foods. Each menu also includes a $2 sample. Drop by for a fun filled weekend with more food than you can possibly eat. The event runs from 11 am to 5 pm both days. Most trucks accept cards, but not all, so be sure to bring lots of cash with you in case. Tickets are available online now.
Taste of the World International Food Festival
63 Boston St, Chandler
Get a taste of different foods from all over the world at the 2020 international food festival. Try different celebrated cuisine from China, Italy, France, and more without having to leave the Valley. In addition to food, the event will also showcase music from around the world as well. You’ll get to try different foods, vote on your favorite vendors, hear music from across the globe, and learn more about different cultures. General admission is $15 and VIP admission is $35 with access to the VIP, private bar and servers, and exclusive entertainment.
2020 Devour Culinary Classic
February 22nd, 23rd
1201 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix
Among most highly anticipated food festivals in Arizona, the Devour Culinary Classic brings together all the top chefs in the state to showcase why Arizona is a culinary mecca of the country. Enjoy the best food and drinks of Arizona from all over the state at the largest botanical garden in the region. Experience of the very best of Arizona food scene for the festivals 11th annual installment. All proceeds from the event will go to support the efforts of Local First Arizona, Desert Botanical Garden and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance.
While the spring is still technically a few months out, here in Arizona we can already enjoy great weather while other parts of the country still have snow. You might as well enjoy it with some food and drinks from across the Valley and around the world. If you need something to keep yourself occupied during the next couple months, consider hitting up one of more of these great festivals