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the scene at the strong beer festival, a part of arizona beer week.(p o: justin muir/arizona craft brewers guild)

clear your calendar for february, because there's a lot going on in the food and drink department.

there's no shortage of festivals for tail and beer lovers, but if your thing is chocolate or vegan treats, you won't feel left out.

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glendale chocolate affaire

presented by longtime glendale candy maker cerreta candy company, the three-day event will isfy anyone's sweet tooth. more than 40 chocolate vendors will serve tasty treats such as chocolate-covered fruit, aztec chocolate ice cream, s'mores in a mason jar and deep-fried rocky road bacon. chocolate pizza making, carnival rides, face painting, a romance novel symposium and painting competition are part of the lineup.

a tray of belgian truffles at cerreta's candy co.

a tray of belgian truffles at cerreta's candy co. 

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a guinness beer and bacon cupcake at the kreative kupcakes

a guinness beer and bacon cupcake at the kreative kupcakes bakery and cafe in avondale. 

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chocolate bears at cerreta's candy co. in glendale

2/3-5: glendale chocolate affaire |chocoholics, get ready! the 21st annual glendale chocolate affaire will feature dozens of chocolate makers and a wide variety of scrumptious chocolate treats. indulge in chocolate-covered strawberries, kettle corn drizzled in chocolate and much more. the three-day sweet event is presented by cerreta candy company. |details:feb. 3-5. 5-10 p.m. friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. urday; 12-5 p.m. sunday. murphy park, 58th and glendale avenues, glendale. free admission. 

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chocolate in many forms: this was sold at the glendale

chocolate in many forms: this was sold at the glendale chocolate affaire in february 2011. 

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cerreta's worker briana dooda looks out at the crowds

cerreta's worker briana dooda looks out at the crowds over chocolate-covered strawberries at the glendale chocolate affaire in 2011. 

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a chocolate covered cheesy cake from berry-licious

a chocolate covered cheesy cake from berry-licious kabobs during the glendale chocolate affaire in downtown glendale on friday, feb. 6, 2009. 

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gourmet apples by the san francisco chocolate factory

gourmet apples by the san francisco chocolate factory were sold at the glendale chocolate affaire on urday, feb. 6, 2010. 

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treats sold by lilly langtreats, a sister shop of

treats sold by lilly langtreats, a sister shop of the san francisco chocolate factory, at the glendale chocolate affaire on urday feb. 6, 2010. 

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a topping is poured over a chocolate pizza at the cerreta's

a topping is poured over a chocolate pizza at the cerreta's chocolate pizza booth at the glendale chocolate affaire on feb. 7, 2010. 

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rilynn williamson eyeballs chocolate creations at

rilynn williamson eyeballs chocolate creations at the san francisco chocolate factory booth at the glendale chocolate affaire on feb. 7, 2010. 

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jacob wright eats a chocolate covered banana at the

jacob wright eats a chocolate covered banana at the glendale chocolate affaire on feb. 7, 2010. 

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chocolate-dipped bananas from cerreta's are one of

chocolate-dipped bananas from cerreta's are one of the treats you'll find at the glendale chocolate affaire. 

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the glendale chocolate affaire is back to tickle your

the glendale chocolate affaire is back to tickle your sweet tooth. 

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joe cerreta of cerreta candy company makes different

joe cerreta of cerreta candy company makes different kinds of chocolate at the factory and sells them at the glendale chocolate affaire. 

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cerreta's candy co. was chock-full of football-related

cerreta's candy co. was chock-full of football-related chocolates during the annual glendale chocolate affaire in 2015. 

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cerreta's chocolate-dipped strawberries were sold at

cerreta's chocolate-dipped strawberries were sold at the glendale chocolate affaire on urday, feb. 6, 2010. 

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leah cartwright opens a display of cupcakes at kreative

leah cartwright opens a display of cupcakes at kreative kupcakes bakery and cafe in avondale. 

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payton anglin tries to decide on which treat to get

payton anglin tries to decide on which treat to get at the lily langtreats booth at the glendale chocolate affaire on feb. 9, 2014. 

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rebecca gualtieri gives out free samples from krispy

rebecca gualtieri gives out free samples from krispy creations during the glendale chocolate affaire on feb. 9, 2014. 

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details: 6-10 p.m. friday, feb. 3. 10 a.m.-10 p.m. urday, feb. 4. noon-5 p.m. sunday, feb. 5. murphy park, 58th and glendale avenues, glendale. free. glendaleaz.com/events/chocolateaffaire.cfm.

brewers bowl

the third annual showcase of arizona's craft beer will feature beer tastings from more than 20 breweries, including the beer research institute, peoria artisan brewery, helton brewing co., saddle mountain brewing company and pedal haus brewery. the breweries will compete for the best beer. general admission includes 20 tasting tickets (25 for vip, along with entry an hour earlier). there will be food trucks and live .  a portion of the proceeds will go to paradise valley emergency food bank.

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details: 5-10 p.m. urday, feb. 4. brown avenue between third and fourth avenues, scottsdale. general admission, $35-$40. vip, $55. brewersbowl.com.

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waterfront fine art and wine festival

the sixth annual event in downtown scottsdale features fine art ranging from oil paintings and p og hy to bronze sculpture and jewelry. admission to the wine tasting includes six tasting tickets and a souvenir gl . also look for a variety of beer and rum tails.

rebecca sweeney of scottsdale looks at metal sculptures

rebecca sweeney of scottsdale looks at metal sculptures made by adam homan during the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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festival goers peruse artists' work, such as james

festival goers peruse artists' work, such as james hill's metal sculptures, during the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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debbie freeman and mike berry of scottsdale listen

debbie freeman and mike berry of scottsdale listen to pianist elijah bossenbroek while drinking some of their favorite wine during the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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tammie and todd hayes enjoys wine and each other's

tammie and todd hayes enjoys wine and each other's company next to the water during the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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festival goers take a break next to a fountain during

festival goers take a break next to a fountain during the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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vendors filled both sides of the water during the waterfront

vendors filled both sides of the water during the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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jason michael tracy (front) plays for the crowd during

jason michael tracy (front) plays for the crowd during the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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cory whalin of su vino winery pours samples of his

cory whalin of su vino winery pours samples of his wine for ticket holders during the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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a variety of artwork is on display during the waterfront

a variety of artwork is on display during the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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festival goers use the soleri bridge to cross the canal

festival goers use the soleri bridge to cross the canal to see both sides of the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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steve and donna schneider offer their bronze sculptures

steve and donna schneider offer their bronze sculptures for sale during the waterfront fine art & wine festival at the arizona canal on sunday, feb. 15, 2015, in scottsdale. 

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details: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. friday-sunday, feb. 10-12. 7135 e. elback road, scottsdale. event admission, $3. wine tasting, $10. thunderbirdartists.com.

arizona beer week

the arizona craft brewers guild presents the seventh iteration of this series, with lots happening throughout the state. one major event is the strong beer festival, on urday, feb. 11, at steele indian school park in phoenix, featuring 130-plus breweries. other events include beer dinners, dessert and beer pairings, tap takeovers, pub and bike crawls, arts and craft events and special beer releases.

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corey mcphee, a server with scottsdale beer company shares four beers from scottsdale beer company to get you excited for arizona beer week. david wallace/azcentral.com

details: feb. 9 . complete calendar and venues at arizonabeerweek.com.

street eats food truck festival

try tasty bites from more than 50 food trucks, including yatai ramen, modern tortilla, waffle crush, left coast burrito co., sweet magnolia bbq and wandering donkey. each truck will offer a sample for $2, or patrons can purchase a full meal. beer and tails will be served at the festival, which includes cooking demonstrations, live and a vendor area. if you still haven't had enough to eat, enter one of the food competitions, such as the dirty doughnut, spoon feeding and dog eating contests.

an attendee at the fifth annual street eats food truck

an attendee at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival orders food from the rocket food truck on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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attendees the fifth annual street eats food truck festival

attendees the fifth annual street eats food truck festival order food from the cousins maine lobster food truck on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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greg colella , a co-owner of the burgers amore food

greg colella , a co-owner of the burgers amore food truck, takes an order at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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cooks make food at the montana bar-bq food truck at

cooks make food at the montana bar-bq food truck at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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a man sells beer at the fifth annual street eats food

a man sells beer at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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ty tran climbs off a slide at the fifth annual street

ty tran climbs off a slide at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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an attendee at the fifth annual street eats food truck

an attendee at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival climbs a rock wall on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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paul aguero lifts his son miguel, 5, onto a bull ride

paul aguero lifts his son miguel, 5, onto a bull ride at the at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival of jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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attendees enjoy their time at the fifth annual street

attendees enjoy their time at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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15-year-old tatum lamb prepares a desert at the fifth

15-year-old tatum lamb prepares a desert at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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lexy popa, a co-owner of loca popa food truck, delivers

lexy popa, a co-owner of loca popa food truck, delivers an order at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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attendees at the fifth annual street eats food truck

attendees at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival sit and enjoy their food on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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festival attendees enjoy a desert at the fifth annual

festival attendees enjoy a desert at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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an attendee at the fifth annual street eats food truck

an attendee at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival holds out a sandwich from the circle "r" farm food truck on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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sheila grolle and jason swaim hold out their lobster

sheila grolle and jason swaim hold out their lobster rolls at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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an attendee at the fifth annual street eats food truck

an attendee at the fifth annual street eats food truck festival holds out a desert ordered from the waffle crush food truck on jan. 30, 2016 in scottsdale, arizona. 

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details: 11 a.m. urday and sunday. feb. 11-12. salt river fields at talking stick, loop 101 and indian bend road, salt river reservation. $12, free for ages 12 and younger. vip, $60. 480-270-5000, streeteatsaz.com.

arizona tail week

if you love all things shaken and stirred, head to arizona tail week. want to learn something new? check out seminars like the art of the tiki or secrets of a home bartender. if you're just looking for some good drinks, events include the last slinger standing tail competition, tail carnival, arizona storytellers dinner, top bars and artisanal market. the website provides a list where to get tails throughout the valley, each place featuring its own special events or tails.

the ultimate shake-off went down at the yard's last

the ultimate shake-off went down at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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bartenders had all the tools they needed at the yard's

bartenders had all the tools they needed at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition

a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition

a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition

a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition

a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition

a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition

a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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the bar served as a battleground at the yard's last

the bar served as a battleground at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition

a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition

a contender at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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judges ess the tails at the yard's last slinger

judges ess the tails at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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a fan shoots video at the yard's last slinger standing

a fan shoots video at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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the crowd was titillated at the yard's last slinger

the crowd was titillated at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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the event had a great turn out at the yard's last slinger

the event had a great turn out at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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the audience enjoyed the competition at the yard's

the audience enjoyed the competition at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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fans enjoyed the competition at the yard's last slinger

fans enjoyed the competition at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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these pals had a great time at the yard's last slinger

these pals had a great time at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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these friends struck a pose at the yard's last slinger

these friends struck a pose at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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these ladies enjoyed the competition at the yard's

these ladies enjoyed the competition at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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these pals piled in at the yard's last slinger standing

these pals piled in at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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amanda athanson, 30, of tampa, and david ruiz, 31,

amanda athanson, 30, of tampa, and david ruiz, 31, of san francisco, enjoyed a trip to the valley and stopped by the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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these pretty ladies had a great time at the yard's

these pretty ladies had a great time at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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this group had fun at the yard's last slinger standing

this group had fun at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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these buddies enjoyed the highlights of arizona tail

these buddies enjoyed the highlights of arizona tail week at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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this group was ecstatic at the yard's last slinger

this group was ecstatic at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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guests' ping pong game was strong at the yard's last

guests' ping pong game was strong at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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ping pong was the best way to one-up your friends at

ping pong was the best way to one-up your friends at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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these pals enjoyed the competition at the yard's last

these pals enjoyed the competition at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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victories resulted in many hugs at the yard's last

victories resulted in many hugs at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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this water didn't have us fooled at the yard's last

this water didn't have us fooled at the yard's last slinger standing competition in tempe on feb. 15, 2016. 

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details: feb. 17-24. complete calendar and venues at arizona tailweek.com.

barrel + board

hosted by the scottsdale league for the arts, this second-year event features craft breweries pairing their beers with cheese dishes. also enjoy barrel-aged spirits and desserts, and live from tom kumagai. every patron will receive a souvenir tasting gl . participating breweries and restaurants include mother road brewing co., helio basin brewing co., arizona distilling co., modern tortilla and brat haus.

a plethora of cheecakes by elizabeth's moments of joy (p o: jeremiah toller/special for the republic)

details: 7-10 p.m. thursday, feb. 23. soho63, 63 e. boston st., chandler. $50. scottsdalefest.org.

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crushbrew craft beverage festival

the craft beverage festival returns to the scottsdale waterfront. admission includes 10 tasting tickets for wine, beer, spirits and tails from such purveyors as carlson creek vineyard, boedecker cellars, goldwater brewing co., barrio brewing co., roger clyne's mexican moonshine, woody creek distillers and coco 21. vip ticket holders can enter the festival an hour early and have access to private reserve beverages and small bites. purchase a combo ticket and get access to arizona tail week's tailgate. the event also features live .

details: 4-9 p.m. urday, feb. 18. 1-6 p.m. sunday, feb. 19. scottsdale waterfront, 7134 e. stetson drive. general admission, $45. vip, $90. crushbrewfestival.com.