The best way to gear up for Thanksgiving is to start preparing your stomach for all of the goodies.
Luckily, November is stuffed with great food and drink events, including our very own azcentral Wine & Food Experience. There are also festivals centered on pies, doughnuts, pizza, macaroni and cheese and vegan-friendly dishes.
Phoenix’s love for craft beer is strong, with several events revolving around flavorful brews. So no matter what you’re craving, you’ll find a place to indulge this month.
Here are 16 of the best food and drink festivals around Phoenix in November.
Cooks + Corks
Top Arizona chefs are gathering at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale for this upscale, all-inclusive event that includes food, wine and entertainment. VIP ticket holders can enjoy a champagne social hour starting at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts. Proceeds benefit Arizona arts and arts education programs.
Details: 6:30-9:30 p.m. VIP social hour, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive. $125. $175 for VIP admission. 480-945-7193, cooksandcorks.org.
Bacon, Blues & Brews Fest
Enjoy all the bacon you can handle at this Queen Creek festival, from lobster wrapped in bacon to bacon cookie dough to bacon beer. Food vendors include American Poutine Co., Yellowman Fry Bread and Ginger Monkey Tavern. Flying Basset Brewing, Old Ellsworth Brewing and others will provide craft beer. Blues acts Carvin Jones, Moonshine Voodoo Band and others will perform all day.
Details: Noon-9 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Founders Park, 22407 S. Ellsworth Road, Queen Creek. $10; $15 for Kids Zone pre-paid wristband. $90 for VIP. Free for children ages 12 and younger with a paid adult. baconbluesandbrewsaz.com.
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AZ Barrels, Bottles & Brews
The inaugural event is a partnership between Salt River Fields and the Arizona Craft Brewers Guild. Look for beer from all Arizona breweries, including 8-Bit Aleworks, Dragoon Brewing Company and Scottsdale Beer Company. Arizona wineries and distilleries will also participate, including SanTan Distillery, Arizona Distilling Co. and Cellar 433. Ticket holders receive 12 sample tickets for beer, wine or liquor.
Details: 2-5 p.m. VIP ticket holders get in at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. $50. $65 for VIP. $19 for designated drivers. azbottlesandbrews.com.
azcentral Wine & Food Experience
Enjoy bites from the best Arizona hot spots, including standout restaurants participating for the first time, along with fine wine, craft beer and spirits sampling. The headliners of the fourth annual festival are Food Network personalities Marcus Samuelsson on Saturday and Aarón Sánchez on Sunday. More than 30 restaurants will join the Grand Tasting each day, showcasing a variety of cuisines. Cooking demonstrations, interactive experiences and seminars are included.
Details: 1-4 p.m. VIP ticket holders get in at noon. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 3-4. Monterra at WestWorld of Scottsdale, 16601 N. Pima Road (Loop 101 and Bell Road, use north entrance at 94th Street and Bell). $65 in advance, $100 at the door for Grand Tasting. VIP Grand Tasting and AJ’s VIP Lounge sold out both days. Chef’s Package with Marcus Samuelsson on Saturday sold out and with Aarón Sánchez on Sunday almost sold out. wineandfood.azcentral.com.
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The second annual vegan event, which benefits Mercy For Animals this year, will feature a wide variety of food vendors, merchants, organizations, a cupcake eating contest, vegan trivi, and a bunny hop for kids. Coconut Hut, Simon’s Hot Dogs, Mediterranean Majik, Hummus Xpress and Vegan Invasion and others will sell vegan-friendly dishes.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Steele Indian School Park, 300 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Free. swvegfest.com.
Sample all the pie you can handle at the ninth annual event. Tickets are $15 for five samples. Entertainment includes Shoo Flies storytelling from Arizona School for the Arts students; a community pie-inspired art installation from Bio Science High School; and a live performance from jazz venue the Nash. Pie Social benefits Roosevelt Row CDC, Hance Park Conservancy, ASA and Bio Science High School.
Details: 2-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1242 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Free admission. $15 for five tasting tickets. bit.ly/PIESOCIAL.
Notre Dame Prep Culinary Festival
A fundraiser for Notre Dame Preparatory High School, the festival features dishes from Scottsdale restaurants, hosted wine and beer, live music and a silent auction.
Details: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Notre Dame Preparatory High School, 9701 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. $100-$125; $50 for Notre Dame Prep alumni. 480-634-8284, ndpsaints.org/page.cfm?p=1137.
The fifth annual event features beers from 60 breweries, including Dubina Brewing Co., Funkwerks and 21st Amendment Brewery. Tickets include 30 samples of 2-ounce pours in a souvenir tasting mug. VIP ticket holders get early entry to the festival, 40 tastings, a VIP gift bag and limited-edition beers. Hosted by Phoenix New Times.
Details: 1-5 p.m. VIP ticket holders get in at noon. Saturday, Nov. 10. Washington Street between First and Third avenues. $23.75-$30; $50 for VIP; $10 for designated driver. Search “Novembeer” on ticketfly.com.
Southwest Cider Fest
Mesa’s Cider Corps hosts the inaugural Southwest Cider Fest, which showcases craft cideries from Arizona, California, Colorado and Texas, including Crush Cider, Stoic Cider, Newtopia Cyder and more. Tickets include a commemorative 4-ounce cup, 20 tasting tickets and a $5 voucher to use at any of the participating food trucks.
Details: 1-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10. Cider Corps, 31 S. Robson, Mesa. $50. Search “Southwest Cider Fest” on eventbrite.com.
Phoenix Public Market will host this fall-focused event that showcases fresh ingredients from Arizona farmers and producers. Guests can enjoy bites prepared by 12 chefs paired with 12 farmers, as well as Arizona beers, wine and cocktails. Local musicians will perform.
Details: 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Phoenix Public Market, 721 N. Central Ave. $75; $5 for additional drink tickets. phxpheast.org.
Live & Local
A fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale, this event features dishes from Cholla Prime Steakhouse & Lounge, the Dhaba, Tryst Cafe and Grayhawk Golf Club. Enjoy drinks from the beer garden and multiple cocktail bars and wine stations. DJ Miss Mixx and Nate Nathan & The MacDaddy-Os will perform.
Details: 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. The District at Desert Ridge Marketplace, 21001 N. Tatum Blvd., Phoenix. $150. 480-860-5520, bgcs.org/fundraiser/live-local.
Arizona Harvest Fest & Farmers Market
Browse 100-plus merchants at this downtown Chandler event selling everything from jewelry to clothing to art. The farmers market will feature local produce and gourmet food items. The beer garden will feature pumpkin beers and other seasonal brews. Fall-inspired activities include a pumpkin toss, corn shucking and pie-eating contest.
Details: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11. Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 178 E. Commonwealth Ave., Chandler. Free. 602-276-2499, arizonaharvestfest.com.
Mac and Cheese Fest AZ
Local restaurants will be serving up their cheesiest renditions of America’s comfort food at this two-day festival, in its second year. General admission guests can purchase macaroni and cheese samples ($2) and wash them down with beers in the craft beer garden. VIP guests get five tasting tokens, four drink tickets and a free soda or water. The event also features mac and cheese cooking demonstrations and lawn games.
Details: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 17-18. Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, 7555 N. Pima Road, Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road, Salt River Reservation. $15 for general admission; $20 for beer garden (with general admission); $75-$85 for VIP; $10 for children’s general admission. macandcheesefestaz.com.
Phoenix Pizza Festival
Try the pie from 15 pizza makers, including Triple Dot Food Truck, Saffron Jak, Dough Broughs, Merkin Pizza Wagon and Flying Saucer Pizza Truck. The vendors will offer slices for $2 to $4, and craft beer and wine will be available for purchase (cash only, ATMs will be onsite). Local bands also will perform.
Details: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1201 N. Third St., Phoenix. $10-$12, free for children ages 5 and younger. phoenix.pizza.
AFFCF Slider Throwdown
Local food trucks and restaurants will compete to make the best slider at this event, which benefits the Arizona Friends of Foster Children Foundation. Food trucks include Two Fat Guys Grilled Cheese, Shake Shack, Papa Bears BBQ and Food Diva. Sliders will be scored by judges and attendees can also vote for their favorites. Tickets include one slider per food truck and two drink tickets for non-alcoholic beverages. The ’80s cover band Rock Lobster will perform.
Details: Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Kierland Commons, Scottsdale Road and Greenway Parkway, Phoenix. $35; $100 for three tickets. affcf.org/sliderthrowdown.
Downtown Donut Festival
Doughnut lovers, gather in downtown Phoenix for the inaugural Downtown Donut Festival. All vendors will offer a $1 doughnut option, which can be purchased with cash or card. Wash down your doughnut with some coffee, craft beer, wine or mimosas (cash only). There will be a kids zone, live music and crafting area.
Details: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1201 N. Third St., Phoenix. $8, free for children ages 5 and younger. downtowndonutfest.com.
Reporter Patricia Escárcega contributed to this list.
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