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Valley Food & Bev Festivals for January

NA Cocktails and Cheese Pairing

Jan. 6

10880 N. 32nd St., #27JoinShea CheeseandThe Nixerat Wright in the Garden to taste five artisan cheeses paired with non-alcoholic cocktails. You’ll learn about the art of pairing flavors and taste alcohol-free sips including Prima Pavé wine, Hiyo Watermelon Lime seltzer and Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.’s Arizo[NA], an NA IPA. Tickets are $55 and may bepurchased online.

Get ready to sample local craft beer at the Copper State Beer Festival.

Phoenix New Times

Copper State Beer Festival

Jan. 13

2100 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., MesaCopper State Beer Festivalwill return to Mesa’s Riverview Park for its third year this month. The event spotlights craft beer from around the state and beyond along with wines, ciders, kombuchas, hard seltzers and spirits. There will also be eats from local food trucks, live entertainment and a market featuring goods crafted by local artisans. Tickets range from $20 for designated drivers to $65 for VIP and may be purchased online. The event benefits The Beer Babes Family, which works to engage women in the beer community.

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Four Peaks Brewing Co. invites people to ditch their resolutions for a four-course paired dinner.

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Ditch Your Resolutions Beer Dinner

Jan. 17

1340 E. Eighth St., #104, TempeJust how important are those resolutions you have around eating better and drinking less?Four Peaks Brewing Co.has planned a four-course pairing dinner to tempt you to put those plans on pause, even if just for the evening. The first course is bone marrow with a pretzel crostini, balsamic fig jam, micro arugula and shallots paired with a smokey old fashioned. Next, try butter-poached halibut with sugar snap pea risotto, herb-roasted heirloom cherry tomatoes and radish paired with pilsner. The next serving is a honey and soy-glazed duck breast with tempura oyster mushrooms, purple potato puree and a quail egg, paired with Four Peaks’ Bad Birdie Juicy Golden Ale. A vanilla sponge with blood orange, tangerine and toasted almond gelato closes the meal with a mango IPA. Tickets are $80 and may be reserved onEventbrite.

Beekeeping for Beginning and Small-Scale Farmers

Jan. 17 to April 6

4341 E. Broadway RoadIf your New Year’s resolution is to get more connected to the food you eat, learning about beekeeping may be for you. This course, offered at theMaricopa County Cooperative Extension, will teach participants the fundamentals of beekeeping through lectures, hands-on workshops and field days. No prior beekeeping experience is necessary. The class is $100 and attendees can save their spot online.

Brisket and Waffles Community Brunch

Jan. 20

6106 S. 32nd St.Gather and Grow, a local organization focused on creating spaces for the community to learn about self-sustainability and organic practices, will host its inaugural community brunch,Brisket and Waffles, at The Farm at South Mountain.Ticketsare $100 or $12 for children ages 10 and younger, and proceeds support school gardening programs in the South Mountain community.

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The Feeding the Future event takes place at The Farm at South Mountain.

The Farm at South Mountain

Feeding the Future

Jan. 27

6106 S. 32nd St.Blue Watermelon Project’s culinary contest returns to The Farm at South Mountain, challenging students to create healthy, tasty meals while raising awareness about the role of nutritious meals in schools. At theFeeding the Futureevent 12 teams from eight Valley school districts will work with local chefs and school food professionals to come up with inventive and healthy dishes to serve. Winning students receive a variety of prizes, including scholarships for high schoolers. And, what you taste may be served at a school cafeteria in the future – at least four winning schools will have their dishes made and served for fellow students to try. Tickets are $100 and may bereserved online.

A Taste of AZ Food and Drink Festival

Jan. 27

555 N. Pima Road, ScottsdaleThe Valley’s newest food and drink festival comes fromA Taste of AZ, the team behind the eponymously named podcast and magazine. The event, hosted at Salt River Fields promises bites from local chefs, sips from Arizona wineries, breweries and distilleries, cooking demonstrations and live music. Tickets may bepurchased onlineand range from $79 for general admission to $109 for VIP, which also includes two tickets to a Spring Training baseball game at Salt River Fields.

Arizona Nom Nom Noodles Festival

Jan. 27

9875 N. 85th Ave., PeoriaSlurping will not be frowned upon at this festival. TheNom Nom Noodles Festivalreturns to Centennial Plaza Park in Peoria for a second year to showcase Valley noodle vendors. There will also be a curated anime marketplace featuring local artists. Tickets range from $5 to $40 and include parking at nearby garages. Tickets for children ages 12 and younger are free. Food and drink are sold separately by each vendor, with menu prices ranging from $5 to $17.

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The Arizona Wine Festival is happening at Heritage Square.

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Arizona Wine Festival

Jan. 27 to 28

113 N. Sixth St. TheArizona Wine Festivalat Heritage Square is back for another pour. The event will feature 20 Arizona wineries as well as breweries, food trucks, live musicians and vendors selling artisan goods. Saturday wine tasting tickets are $35 and Sunday tickets are $30. They can be reserved onEventbrite.

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