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Phoenix Food and Drink Events in July

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It’s hot out there right now. Instead of trying to beat the heat at home on the couch, we recommend getting out to try some of these local food-filled events.

From a Harry Potter-themed tea party to a retro adult summer camp, a luau, and even an early Christmas celebration, you’ll have plenty of distractions from the soaring temperatures. There’s a take-home margarita club too that’s sure to cool you down.

Here are 11 food and drink events to fill your July schedule.

The Jug Club
Starting Friday, July 1
Z’Tejas
Multiple Locations

www.ztejas.com

Bring Z’Tejas’ famous margaritas home with you by joining The Jug Club. Beginning July 1, you can sign up for the weekly membership of 12 gallons for $500 or the annual monthly membership of $2000 for 52 gallons. If you’re not ready to fully commit, pick up a gallon for $60. Each gallon serves 10 to 12 margaritas, and each comes with chips and salsa, according to the restaurant. Other fun drinks are available in 16 and 32 ounce options.

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Diego Pops’ watermelon cotija salad.

Diego Pops

National Watermelon Month
Friday, July 1 to Sunday, July 31
Multiple Locations

A juicy watermelon is just perfect in the summer, and you can eat and drink them all month long at these Valley restaurants. Diego Pops will have a refreshing watermelon mint margarita and watermelon cotija salad, while Eat Up Drive In is serving up a watermelon lemonade. Try the watermelon mule at The Montauk and the watermelon fresca at Salt & Lime Modern Mexican Grill. If you like drinking your cocktails out of a bucket (and who doesn’t), get the THC Bucket Chick with watermelon infusions at The Hot Chick.

click to enlarge You'll take home your canvas masterpiece at the end of the night. - VALLEY COFFEE COMPANY

You’ll take home your canvas masterpiece at the end of the night.

Valley Coffee Company

Paint Night Event
Saturday, July 2

Valley Coffee Company
100 W. Portland Street, #108
602-734-5550
www.valley-coffee.com

Valley Coffee Company and The Painters Lounge are giving you a chance to create an artistic masterpiece over a hot cup of java, a cold beer, or a cocktail while snacking on delicious bites. An instructor will lead you through all the steps for this July Fourth-themed painting. The event costs $39 per person, and you can register online to reserve your spot.

click to enlarge Skee-ball at The Hot Chick. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN

Skee-ball at The Hot Chick.

Benjamin Leatherman

Summer Camp
Saturday, July 2
The Hot Chick
4363 North 75th Street, Scottsdale

480-550-7507

www.thehotchickaz.com

Pretend you’re a kid again at summer camp at The Hot Chick, well, adult summer camp. There’s a full day of activities planned including flip cup, beer pong, a shotgun rally, and a special surprise game. Local DJs will also be playing tunes all day long.

click to enlarge Beat the heat with some refreshing drinks at Lylo Swim Club's luau. - LYLO SWIM CLUB

Beat the heat with some refreshing drinks at Lylo Swim Club’s luau.

Lylo Swim Club

Lylo Luau
Sunday, July 3
Lylo Swim Club
400 West Camelback Road

480-536-8899

www.riseuptownhotel.com/phoenix_restaurants/lylo

Get a head start on your July Fourth celebrations at Lylo Swim Club with a fun luau. There will be a Hawaiian cookout with food including ribs, sides, and barbecue Huli Huli chicken plus tropical cocktails, a DJ, and festive leis. General admission is $50 per person, but you can also spring for a lounge chair or daybeds, perfect for chilling at the pool.

click to enlarge Macayo's carne asada fries come topped with mixed cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo. - MMT FOOD PHOTOGRAPHY

Macayo’s carne asada fries come topped with mixed cheese, sour cream, guacamole, and pico de gallo.

MMT Food Photography

National French Fry Day
Wednesday, July 13
Multiple Locations
We’ve got another national food celebration this month, and it’s all about the french fries. Over at Macayo’s, you can get a hearty plate of carne asada fries for $8 instead of the usual $10.59. If you’re looking for some other good plates of fries, we suggest Welcome Diner’s jackfruit or veggie chili fries, the hand-cut fries and special sauce at The Stand, and the duck fat fries at Arizona Wilderness Brewing Co.

click to enlarge It's olive oil galore at Queen Creek Olive Mill. - QUEEN CREEK OLIVE MILL

It’s olive oil galore at Queen Creek Olive Mill.

Queen Creek Olive Mill

Christmas in July at the Mill
Thursday, July 14 to Monday, July 25
Queen Creek Olive Mill
25062 South Meridian Road, Queen Creek
480-361-9860
www.queencreekolivemill.com
Why wait for December to celebrate Christmas when you can enjoy the festivities now at Queen Creek Olive Mill? Starting July 14, the Mill will offer daily deals on select products, announced the day before on social media. Queen Creek Olive Mill and Olivespa gift boxes will also be 15 percent off. There’s a special holiday menu inspired by the monthly pairing of the Limited Edition Cranberry White Balsamic Reduction and 3 Chile Olive Oil.

click to enlarge A chimi combo from Someburros. - SOMEBURROS

A chimi combo from Someburros.

Someburros

Grand Opening
Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17
Someburros

50 North Estrella Parkway, Goodyear

623-440-6882

www.someburros.com

Someburros, the family-owned Mexican restaurant chain, is opening its first West Valley location in Goodyear this month. Join the grand opening celebration on July 16 and 17. There will be live music from a mariachi band, piñata prizes including Someburros gift cards, an appearance by the Nacho the burro mascot, good food, and more. The eatery will have be offering both dine-in and drive-thru service.

click to enlarge Muggles and wizards alike will love this special afternoon tea. - DRINK ME! TEA ROOM

Muggles and wizards alike will love this special afternoon tea.

Drink Me! Tea Room

The Magical World of Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, June 20 to Sunday, July 31
Drink Me! Tea Room

1730 East Warner Road, Tempe, #5

602-206-5469

www.drinkmetearoom.com

Drink Me! Tea Room is celebrating its second anniversary, and with that comes a special tea party. The Magical World of Afternoon Tea is an ode to Harry Potter whose birthday is also this month, on July 31. The tea room will be transformed into Hogwarts and the potions master will be serving special tea cocktails and mocktails along with a variety of wizarding world treats and sweets. The Full Wizard’s Tea is $58 per person while the Muggle’s Tea is $40 per person. Visit the website to make a reservation. 

click to enlarge LDV wine goes well with tasty food pairings. - KATE PEIFER

LDV wine goes well with tasty food pairings.

Kate Peifer

Vineyard to Table Supper Club

Thursday, July 21
LDV Winery Tasting Room

7134 E. Stetson Drive, Suite B110, Scottsdale

480-664-4822

www.ldvwinery.com

LDV Winery owners Peggy and Curt Dunham are taking over both the wine and food duties for this special evening at the LDV Winery Tasting Room. The multi-course dinner will be paired with LDV wines and is limited to just 20 guests. The cost is $140 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Call Peggy to register at 480-664-4822 or email [email protected]

click to enlarge Get some exercise and good drinks at Pedal Haus Brewery's Day Drinker Devil Ride. - PEDAL HAUS BREWERY

Get some exercise and good drinks at Pedal Haus Brewery’s Day Drinker Devil Ride.

Pedal Haus Brewery

Day Drinker Devil Ride
Saturday, July 30
Pedal Haus Brewery

730 South Mill Avenue,Tempe

480-314-2337

www.pedalhausbrewery.com

Pedal Haus Brewery’s Day Drinker Devil Ride is back for its second year. The 10 mile mountain bike course starts and finishes at the Tempe location of the brewery, taking advantage of the trails at Papago Park. There are two ticket levels available that must be pre-purchased — $5 tickets include a Day Drinker Light Lager at the after party and a hydration station at the halfway point while $15 tickets include both of those plus a commemorative t-shirt. There will also be happy hour specials from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and a raffle drawing at 12:30 p.m.