Phoenix food and drink festivals return this year. Here’s the lineup

Fall usually means the return of food and drink festivals to metro Phoenix after long, hot Arizona summers. After many events were canceled and postponed over the last 18 months due to the pandemic, this year, the return of food festivals feels monumental.

If the thing you missed most during quarantine was milling around a sunny field, sampling bites and sips from different local vendors, this fall should be fun. 

The coronavirus pandemic is not over, and the delta variant, a highly contagious version of the disease, is spreading in Arizona.

These food festivals are outside, which health experts say is safer than dining indoors, though it is important to continue to follow updated safety recommendations from the CDC when making your decisions.

With health recommendations changing frequently and many festivals being postponed, be sure to check individual event websites for the most up-to-date information.