Featured May Scottsdale Events – 2016
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It seems that there is always something awesome going on in Scottsdale, at least until the back to back months of triple digits hit and we all hibernate binge watching whatever we can find on Netflix. Shout out to the new season of Orange is the New Black. I see you. But we aren’t there yet. We still have some decent weather (for the time being) and more wonderful Scottsdale events. Yes, we are spoiled with the Phoenix Open, Spring Training and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. It is no secret that first few months of the year in Scottsdale are jam-packed with awesome. But don’t fire up the Apple TV just yet, the fun isn’t quite over.
Today, we want to tell you about a couple of May Scottsdale events that you definitely want to put down the remote for and add to your calendar.
The AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival at the Scottsdale Civic Center this Saturday, May 14th
The May Scottsdale Event Deets: Professionally produced by HDE Agency in partnership with SanTan Brewing Company, the award-winning 6th Annual AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. Featuring more than 250 rare beers from over 90 local and national breweries, many of which are not available in the state of Arizona.
Located at the Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 North Drinkwater Blvd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251, AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will celebrate the canned craft beer revolution with live entertainment, food, a VIP tent, beer science garden, and beer Olympic games. New elements this year include a mobile canning station and brewing demonstrations.
For a full list of participating breweries click here.
Presale general admission tickets are available online at www.cannedcraftbeerfest.com for $35 and include admission, a souvenir can and 20 four-ounce pours. Day-of admission is $45. VIP tickets are also available through presale purchase only for $100. VIP tickets include admission one hour early; a souvenir can, 20 four-ounce pours, catered food, a private VIP zone with private restrooms and exclusive specialty beer sampling. AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival will open its doors at noon to VIP ticket holders and at 1 pm for general admission. The festival ends at 6 pm.
This is a 21 and over event, no exceptions. Ticket purchasers and all guests must be 21 or over and must present a valid picture ID upon admission. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Scottsdale Cultural Council and the Arizona Society of Homebrewers (ASH). The Scottsdale Cultural Council serves Scottsdale residents, visitors, cultural institutions and artists by creating and advancing high-quality arts and cultural experiences and opportunities. For more information about the Scottsdale Cultural Council, visit www.sccarts.org. The Arizona Society of Homebrewers strives to preserve and promote the time-honored tradition of homebrewing and to recognize it as an art form through information, education and dedicated practices. For more information and to become a member, visit ASH online at www.azhomebrewers.org.
If the festival is not your jam and you are looking for a little something more low key but you still want to enjoy some tasty brews, not to worry. We got you with:
The Brew Master Dinner with SanTan Brewing at ZuZu in the Hotel Valley Ho on Thursday, May 12 from 6 pm – 9 pm.
The May Scottsdale Event Deets: Savor craft brews and a seasonal, three-course menu at the monthly Brew Master Dinner Series at ZuZu inside the iconic Hotel Valley Ho. The upcoming dinner on Thursday, May 12 will feature delicious beers from SanTan Brewing Company of Chandler. Founded in 2007, SanTan has established a reputation as one of Arizona’s best craft breweries and is known for its Southwestern-style ales. Renowned Chef Charles Wiley and the brew master will be on hand to discuss the evening’s fare, including four brews, hors d’oeuvre, Butter Poached Prawns, Crispy Asian Salmon, and Peach Cobbler with salted caramel ice cream. The reception starts at 6 p.m., with dinner at 6:30 p.m. The event costs $42 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made at 480.421.7997.
Or if wine is more your thing, there is:
The “Farmer in the House” Dinner with Pat Duncan + Fess Parker Winery at ZuZu in the Hotel Valley Ho on Monday, May 16 from 6:30 pm – 9 pm.
The May Scottsdale Event Deets: Join Executive Chef Charles Wiley, special guest Mr. Pat Duncan of Duncan’s Trading Company, and Fess Parker Winery for a delicious evening of food and wine. This special “Farmer in the House” Dinner at ZuZu inside the hip Hotel Valley Ho is on Monday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. The chefs have crafted a four-course menu around Pat’s beautiful produce, sustainably grown in Laveen and Litchfield Park. Savor Shrimp and Lobster Cake, a Beet Medley Salad, Soy-Honey Glazed Hawaiian Tuna and Charred Beef Tenderloin, and Fennel Cake with anise syrup. The menu is paired with four wines from Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard of Los Olivos, California. Fess Parker is renowned for its high-quality Rhone and Burgundian varietals and has won several national awards for them. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and costs $68 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Reservations are required and can be made at 480.421.7997.
Lastly, we have the:
Food Truck Caravan on 5th Ave & Goldwater Blvd in Old Town Scottsdale
The May Scottsdale Event Deets: Surely you have seen them driving around the Valley. But now is your chance to try them out. I am referring to all of the delicious food trucks that you see roaming the Valley. Did you know that a group of them settle in on the northwest corner of 5th Ave & Goldwater Blvd on most Saturday nights at 6 pm? It is a pleasant site, let me tell you. You really can’t go wrong with gourmet street food & live music. You can find them out there on Saturday, May 21st and be sure to check out their website for all updates and to see which trucks will be there.
Teaser – Spring Restaurant Week is May 20, 2016 — May 29, 2016. Details and our recommendations for must visit Scottsdale restaurants coming soon!
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