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2017 ARIZONA - January & February 2017
Food Festivals & Local Food Events

(see also: 2016 - 2015)

January 13-15, 2017  2nd Annual Sculpture & Wine Festival 2017
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Thunderbird Artists.  Patrons will be awestruck by the beauty of strolling through the stunning juried sculptures, comprised of bronze, stone, copper, clay, wood, metal, glass, gourd, steel, found objects and mixed media.  Patrons will savor the delightful and relaxing ambiance of sipping fine wines while listening to musicians and admiring the stunning array of small, medium, life-sized to even monumental sculptures.  Thunderbird Artists’ has partnered with top wine experts to judge and select the finest wines across the nation. Thunderbird Artists juries the artists and trusts their wine associates to select superior wines from throughout the global market. Oftentimes the wines available for tasting at the festivals are those unattainable in the open market.


January 20-22, 2017
24th Annual Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival
Carefree, Arizona
This award-winning fine art festival features more than 165 juried fine artisans from throughout the United States and abroad. Artists will be exhibiting paintings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, and ink; impressive small, medium and life-sized sculptures in bronze, clay, metal, stone and wood, sparkling hand blown glass, one-of-a-kind handcrafted jewelry, beautiful photography, batiks, intricate gourds and much more!  This festival also combines fine art and fine crafts with an elaborate collection of domestic and imported wines for sampling. For $10, patrons will receive an engraved souvenir wine glass with six tasting tickets; allowing them to enjoy their magnificent wine, all while strolling throughout thousands of original works of art and listening to live music float through the air. The festival will take place in downtown Carefree, at the intersection of Easy and Ho Hum streets. Hours are 10am to 5pm each day. Admission is $3.00 for adults and free for Carefree residents. Parking is free all weekend. Altogether, this event promises to be a weekend to forever remember!

February 10-12, 2017  6th Annual Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival
Scottsdale, Arizona
Thunderbird Artists, producer of award-winning fine art and wine festivals, lines the banks of the Scottsdale Waterfront with the greatest selection of juried fine arts, fine wines, delectable chocolates and musicians in the Southwest for the Waterfront Fine Art & Wine Festival. Patrons love strolling throughout spectacular paintings, bronzes, glass, stone, copper, clay sculptures, photography and jewelry, while listening to live musical entertainment and sipping fine wines. The Scottsdale Waterfront is a superb backdrop, which adds romance to the event with reflections across the waters.  The Waterfront is located minutes away from 500 specialty shops, boutiques, over 75 contemporary, upscale restaurants and outdoor cafés, high-rise residential buildings and the Scottsdale Art District. The festival also hugs the Southwest’s largest shopping mall – Arizona Fashion Square.


2016 ARIZONA - January & February 2016
Food Festivals & Local Food & Beverage Events
events waiting for new dates

January 9-10, 2016  Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival
Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale Civic Center Amphitheater.  Food & Drink; Speakers; Entertainment.


January 13-16, 2016
MAFSI Annual Conference
Phoenix, Arizona
Manufacturers' Agents Association for the Foodservice Industry. MAFSI Business Development Conference and Sales Management Forum. 'The future of food. The future of you.'

January 22, 2016  Chocolate and Wine Experience - Scottsdale, Arizona
Chocolate and wine, a perfectly indulgent combination of flavors and sophistication, takes center stage at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM).Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, event highlights include 10 local chocolatiers, 10 local wineries, a chocolate lovers dream photo booth, chocolate painting, chocolate art displays, chocolate massages, local chocolate beers, chocolate fountain, wine tasting, wine glass etching and more. Traditionally, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival activities span an entire week in mid-April. This year, the Scottsdale League for the Arts is adding new events and breaking up the annual events across January – April, 2016 in an effort to cater to a wide range of interests and cultural experiences.  General Admission to the Chocolate and Wine Experience is $60 if purchased during presale or $70 at the door. Admission is all inclusive and includes access to select museum exhibits, food, drink and access to all of the event activities.

January 22-24, 2016  4th Annual Surprise Fine Art & Wine Festival
Surprise, Arizona
Surprise warrants a weekend stay for the whole family. Surprise Stadium is home for the Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals ‘Spring Training’ and the Surprise Recreation Campus has a fishing lake, along with a 25 court Tennis & Racquet Complex.  Surprise is located 20 miles northwest of Phoenix.  Just 45 minutes from downtown Phoenix, Surprise is where you can connect with the charm of mountain park lands, a regional lake and the untouched open Sonoran Desert.  The neighborhoods are clean, distinctive and unique; it’s no wonder why nine out of 10 residents surveyed recommend Surprise as a place to live and start a business!

February 6, 2016  SAVOR Food & Wine Festival - Tucson, Arizona
Tucson Botanical Gardens, 11am-3pm.  Tucson’s culinary prestige and slow food movement has been growing each year, and now is the time to Savor. Indulge in the flavors of Southern Arizona’s culinary arts during this inaugural Southern Arizona Food and Wine Festival surrounded by the colorful floral blooms of the Tucson Botanical Gardens.  Featuring up to 40 of the regions finest chefs and local restaurants highlighting exceptional menu tastings, this foodie festival will showcase the diversity of the tasty talents throughout the region and conscious cooking. The event will also present fine wine, spirits and craft beer tastings.  Tickets: $65 per person (in advance)   $75 day of the event. Includes menu and dessert samplings from local chefs, restaurants, wineries, breweries and selected spirits.

February 11-20, 2016 - Arizona Beer Week - Statewide, Arizona
Arizona Beer Week, inarguably one of the best weeks of the year for the state’s craft beer lovers happens every February.  The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild celebrates craft beer with over 200 events on tap from Flagstaff to Tucson and every brew-lovin’ burg in between.  Presented by The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

February 12-14, 2016  13th Annual Gourd Festival
Casa Grande, Arizona
Wuertz Farm's Annual "Running of the Gourds" Gourd Festival.  Admission $8 (Kids FREE).  * Over 100 Gourd Artists & Vendors  * Arizona Gourd Society's Judged Show  * 4 Days of Reserved Classes (Registartions opens in November)  * Kindergourden  * Sonoran Desert in Gourds  * Flash Gourden  * Games  * Mini Gourdster Races (Saturday)  * Non-Stop Live Musical Entertainment  * Wide Variety of Food Booths  * Thousands of Dried Gourds for Sale!

February 13, 2016  Arizona Strong Beer Festival - Phoenix, Arizona
Although strong beers (those with high alcohol content) are the focus at the festival, a huge variety of craft beers — as well as specialty styles and unique, just-for-this-event brews — are made available to festival-goers, who will receive a commemorative tasting  glass and tasting tickets.  And because food and beer just naturally go together, there will be plenty of top-notch food vendors on hand, serving up tasty eats that wash down well with frosty suds. A DJ will keep the atmosphere rockin’.  Presented by the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild.

February 13, 2016  25th Annual Bisbee Chocolate Tasting
Bisbee, Arizona
Support the Copper Queen Library by enjoying great chocolate!

February 14, 2016  VALENTINE'S DAY
Most of the more than 1/2 million restaurants in the U.S. have special events scheduled for today. They are too numerous to list.

February 27-28, 2016  Annual Yuma Lettuce Days - Yuma, Arizona
'The Winter Lettuce Capital of the World'. Over 90 percent of the country's winter vegetable crops are grown in this area! Lettuce leads the way as the number one producing crop grown in the Yuma area. Produce Display, Cabbage Bowling, Homegrown Cooking Contest, Celebrity Chefs, Cooking Demonstrations and the 'World’s Largest Salad'. Attendance: 25,000

February 28-March 6, 2016  Devoured Culinary Classic - Tucson, Arizona
The region’s premier annual culinary event hosted by Phoenix Art Museum, Local First Arizona and Devour Phoenix. Our goal is to showcase the fine food and drink producers and purveyors of Arizona while furthering metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige. Devoured features culinary curators and purveyors who support the Arizona food, wine and restaurant industries. See what everyone is talking about for yourself! (also: )


2015 ARIZONA - January & February
Food Festivals & Local Food Events

events waiting for new dates

February 26-28, 2015
6th Annual Lake Havasu Music Brews and BBQ Championship 2015
Lake Havasu City, Arizona
Arizona's Largest and Oldest Professional Sanctioned KCBS Barbeque, and the 2nd Largest event West of the Mississippi.  Great Entertainment for the whole Family wrapped into 3 full days of Fun.  Family & Kids Fun Zone Carnival & Rides, All Types of Food Vendors, Live & DJ Music Open to Close each day, Micro Brews Taste Sampling & Domestic Beers on Tap, Food Demonstrations, 150 Plus Craft & Wholesale Vendors & Muscle Cars & Motorcycles, RV & Boat Show for a mere $5.00 for a single day entry or just $10.00 per person which is a one-time fee good for the entire 3 days Plus Children under 12 are Free




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