In a celebration of local, independent flavors, Crave Arizona is a culinary experience presented by Savor Scottsdale, an alliance of more than 20 unique Scottsdale area restaurants.
On January 28, 6:00 p.m. at The Chef’s Loft on SouthBridge, experts battle it out in a battle of the sexes blind wine tasting challenge. All guests can join the adventure as they sniff the beautiful aromas then savor the eccentric flavors while sipping through the same selected bouquets with the experts.
Begin a weekend of romance at the Desert Botanical Garden with a candlelit outdoor concert under starry skies. Enjoy cocktails at the cash bar, try a wine flight or purchase wine or champagne by the bottle.
Arizona’s longest running art festival, showcases the work of hundreds of visiting artists, craft persons and musicians from around the country, horse-drawn trolleys, roving entertainers and a food court.
With every New Year brings excitement; the return of your favorite annual events, fresh beginnings and new endeavors for some.
This year welcomes back Wings over Willcox, the annual birding and nature festival, the Phoenix Strong Beer Festival and Scottsdale’s Crave Arizona.
We welcome the romance of February under a starry sky with Romance in the Garden; a candlelit outdoor concert. Also to celebrate your loved ones, the Annual Chocolate Affair returns to Murphy Park, Glendale.
Spend some time with friends, family and romantic partners in the upcoming events this January and February.
18th Annual Wings Over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival
January 12- January 16 Willcox
Join us in a celebration of birds, nature and culture. This year’s 18th Annual Wings over Willcox Birding & Nature Festival includes guided tours and field trips for bird watching, photography, geology, ranching, agriculture, history and more.
Also enjoy free seminars, a crafts and trade show, live animal educational booths, workshops, banquet and silent auction.
This year’s banquet speaker Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, about bird migration, Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent’s Natural Soul, and his newest book, Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. Weidensaul writes for such publications as Audubon, Nature Conservancy and National Wildlife; he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of owls and hummingbirds.
January 15 Litchfield Park – Tierra Verde Lake Park
This is a family event so gather up the kids, pack a picnic, fishing poles and join in the great fishing with over 1,000 trout (8 to 17 inches long) stocked in the Tierra Verde Lake for the day. A fishing license is not required for the day of fishing during the tournament published times.
Trophies will be awarded to boys and girls 15 and under and 16 and over for the “Shortest Trout”, “Longest Trout” and “Most Trout Caught” during the derby.
A fishing license is not needed for the derby; however, a permit will be required for children over 12 years old and adults if you intend to fish after the derby. Licenses can be purchased at the Recreation Center lobby located at 100 S. Old Litchfield Rd. Bring your own equipment and bait. Past derby participants have caught trout using canned corn, salmon eggs, cheese, fish dough and/or lures.
Registration opens at 6 a.m. $4 per pole 15 and under; $6 per pole 16 and over, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Celebrate Valentine’s Day early at a festival of chocolate & romance with gourmet cuisine and beverage, horse drawn carriage rides, national entertainment and tours of Cerreta’s Candy Company.
Chocolate purveyors from Arizona and around the nation gather in Glendale for this award-winning festival, which celebrates not only chocolate, but romance and the arts as well.
The Chocolate Affaire is sponsored by Arizona’s famous candy makers, Cerreta’s. The candy factory will offer tours all weekend, so visitors can get a behind-the-scenes look at how the chocolatier creates everyone’s favorite candy.
In addition, the festival has become the largest gathering of national romance novelists in the Southwest. This symposium of literary romantics offers fans the opportunity to get up close and personal with authors, as well as the chance to attend free writing workshops given by the experts.
Families with children will enjoy myriad activities, including hands-on arts and crafts, face-painting and a rock-climbing wall. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be available throughout the weekend to take couples or families on a scenic, charming ride through the historic Catlin Court district.