February In Phoenix Is A Foodie’s Delight

New Venue, More Vendors: Third Annual PHX Vegan Food Festival

Photo by Reg Madison Photography

In its third consecutive year, the PHX Vegan Food Festival returns to the Valley Saturday, February 24, from 11am to 5pm. To accommodate growing crowds and vendor demand, the event is moving from its original space to a much larger venue, Margaret T. Hance Park, 1202 North 3rd Street in Downtown Phoenix

The outdoor, family-friendly festival will showcase nearly 100 of the state’s most beloved vegan and vegan-friendly restaurants, food trucks and vendors, as well as some out of town favorites. Restaurants, bakeries, food trucks and food and beverage artisans will be selling their delicious creations. In addition, area vendors will be showcasing and selling their vegan-friendly offerings, including household products, body care items, clothing and accessories. Highlights include Cafe Lalibela, Even Stevens, Freak Brothers Pizza, Hummus Express, Pho King Food Truck, Local Lunch Box, Simons Hot Dogs, Mi Vegana Madre, Southern Fried Vegan and Pomegranate Cafe, to name a few. There will also be cooking demonstrations and presentations by chefs and industry experts, including local chefs Jason Wyrick and Madelyn Pryor of The Vegan Taste.

Event activities include a kids’ zone spearheaded by Free Arts of Arizona, plus The Listening Room Phoenix will showcase a full day of live and local music on three stages. Several no-host bars will be located throughout the event.

General admission is $25 in advance and $30 at the door and includes access to the event vendors, entertainment and demos, as well as one alcoholic/non-alcoholic beverage token. VIP admission is $50. Additional food items, beverages and products are available for purchase. Kids 12 and under are free. The event is presented by Davisson Entertainment.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.phxveganfest.com.

My Foodie Valentine:

Valley festivals abound

foodie-valentineBy Kathryn M. Miller ~ It’s February, and love is in the air. However, it’s not cupid’s arrow that is hitting its mark, but rather purveyors of all things food and drink who are sending a delectable love letter to Valley foodies – so get ready to celebrate the delicious diversity that can be found in town and around the state.

Beverages take the spotlight early with Arizona Beer Week (February 9-18), followed by Street Eats Fest (February 11-12), Arizona Cocktail Week (February 17-24) and PHX Vegan Food Festival (February 25).

Rounding out the month is a Valley favorite, the Devour Culinary Classic. The premier week long annual culinary celebration is hosted by Devour Phoenix, Local First Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum and Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance at several distinct venues in Phoenix. The goal of the events is to showcase Arizona’s celebrity culinary talent as well as its fine food and drink producers and purveyors, all while furthering Metro Phoenix as a dining destination worthy of international prestige.

The Devour Week of events will be held February 26 – March 5 with a series of events celebrating Arizona’s unique culinary talents. The main event, the Devour Culinary Classic, will be held Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, at Phoenix Art Museum, where the Dorrance Sculpture Garden will come alive with tastings of food, wine, beer and cocktails, as well as cooking demonstrations and interactive stations where attendees will have a unique opportunity to meet and interact with Arizona chefs.

This year, Devour introduces the Devour Excellence Awards, culinary demonstrations and workshops, exciting new restaurants who have been invited to participate and an expanded local foods experience.

Not only has the Classic weekend of offerings expanded, Devour Week pre-events offer more opportunities to indulge, including Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition (kicking off February 26); the 7 chef Singh Along (March 1), which includes the Arizona Seven: Cullen Campbell (Crudo, Okra Cookhouse & Cocktails), Kelly Fletcher (El Chorro), Josh Hebert (Posh Improvisational Cuisine), Scott Holmes (Little Miss BBQ), Stephen Jones (the larder + the delta), Bernie Kantak (The Gladly, Citizen Public House) and Gio Osso (Virtù Honest Craft, Nico); Palette to Palate (March 2), which pairs Valley chefs with local artists; and a new event, Devour Film Screening: Elements at FilmBar (March 3).

veganSo whether residents like it shaken or stirred, sashimi or shishkabob – and everything in between – February and March will offer a delicious distraction for just about every palate.

For complete information on Devour Phoenix 2017, visit www.devourphoenix.com/classic.

Three Ways To Eat, Drink Or Go Vegan In February! Read more about Arizona Brew Week, Street Eats Festival and PHX Vegan Food Fest, click here and see page 40.


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