1st Annual Hops and Vines Art Festival for charity in Ahwuhtukee

Hops_and_Vines_This Saturday February 20th from 12 noon- 9 p.m. will be the inaugural Hops and Vines Art Festival with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the American Foundation for Cardiomyopathy (FFC). Taking place at Desert Foothills park in Ahwuhtukee festival goers will get to see art, taste wine, beer & food and hear live music & performance art which will give you sensory overload as heart month is celebrated.

Artists demonstrating painting, glass blowing, sculpting and more will be sharing their expertise along with local chefs doing cooking demonstrations & flavor pairings.

“In Ahwatukee there’s such a strong sense of tradition with community events,” Anthony Miller, founder and president of American FFC said. “That’s why I decided to host this inaugural event here. I want to create an environment that people of all ages can enjoy while bringing awareness to cardiomyopathy and those affected by it.”

American FFC is a charitable organization that creates awareness of and supports those affected by Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy, a serious heart condition that affects 1 in 500 student athletes every year, often without any sign or warning.

Hops and Vines Art Festival will take place at Desert Foothills Park – 1010 South Marketplace Way, Phoenix, Arizona 85048. General admission is $10 and children 12 and under are admitted for free. VIP admission is also available for patrons 21 and over for $65, which includes six drink tickets, catered food, private seats and private restrooms. For more information www.hopsvinesartfest.com.

Drink up at CrushBrew Craft Beverage Festival is in Scottsdale February 19th and 20th

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If you’re drink of choice comes from a craft brewer, winery or distillery you’ll want to be in downtown Scottsdale on Friday & Saturday February 19th & 20th as beverages from 50 craft beverage producers from Arizona, California and beyond will be poured at the CrushBrew Craft Beverage Festival. From 3 p.m.- 9 p.m. at The Scottsdale Waterfront festival goers will get to taste beers, ciders, spirits and wines from up & coming producers as well as well reputed producers such as Lawrence Dunham Vineyards, North Coast Brewing and George Dickel Tennessee Whiskey.

Wood fired pizzas will be available from local pizza restaurants to sample and purchase and will also compete in the CrushBrew Pizza throw-down. The beautiful weather will be complimented by live music the likes of Andres, Kassi Jayde and more.

Tickets start at $45 per day($80 for both Fri. & Sat.) and include GoVino glassware, 15 tasting tickets and access to the after party at the W Hotel & 6 more tasting tickets. VIP tickets are available as well with information & tickets available at http://www.crushbrewfestival.com/.