Watch Ballroom Greats Compete at the Galaxy Dance Festival

August 22, 2016 7:00 am

At the Galaxy Dance Festival, some of the best ballroom dancers in the galaxy—or, at least in the greater Phoenix area—come to the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa to compete on the dance floor. This year, the event is slated to take place from Thursday, September 15 to Sunday, September 18, kicking off bright and early at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

If you'd like to come watch while a panel of professional judges assesses each individual or couple of dancers, snag a ticket to one of the sessions. On Thursday, expect to see country and western dancing in the morning, along with American smooth and international Latin dancing in the evening. On Friday and Saturday, the best of the best come out to show off their steps in International Standard, American Rhythm and Smooth, and International Latin competitions, along with a professional "showdance" showdown.

Galaxy Dance Festival
When: September 15 – 18
Where: Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, 2400 E. Missouri Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85016
Cost: $25+

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Watch Local Chefs Work at the Phoenix Cooks 2016 Event

August 16, 2016 7:02 am

You probably have your favorite restaurants in Phoenix, and chances are the chefs behind them will be at the Phoenix Cooks 2016 event. This culinary festival celebrates the many different cuisines dished out in Phoenix, offering cooking demos and tastings hosted by chefs from around the city.

If you love eating farm-fresh fare, don't miss The Greene House's booth. This eatery emulates the colorful cuisine of California on a seasonally changing menu of simple, pretty dishes. For more adventurous fare, see the chef from Deseo. The eatery's "nuevo Latino" food transforms traditional Latin American fare into contemporary cuisine. You can even enjoy a s'more crafted with gourmet marshmallows from Fluff It, or sink your teeth into a sugar-dusted sweet courtesy of Beignet Babe at Phoenix Cooks 2016.

Phoenix Cooks 2016
When: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 3
Where: The Westin Keirland, 6902 E. Greenway Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Cost: $60+

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SunUp Brewing Co.: Creative Suds Brewed by a Germany Native

August 8, 2016 9:01 am

Uwe Boer was born in Germany, enveloped in the country's rich tradition of beer-making. So he's more than qualified to serve as head brewmaster at SunUp Brewing Company, an offshoot of the popular Sonora Brewing Company. Along with an equally skilled team, Boer crafts one-of-a-kind brews in the heart of Phoenix, much to the delight of locals.

One of the staple beers is the Trooper IPA, a copper-hued brew infused with grapefruit, pine, and other subtle citrus flavors. The Horizon Hefeweizen evokes Uwe's home country, a traditional German beer that's light in color, rich in vanilla and banana flavors, and crafted using German malts, hops, and yeast. Keep an eye out for seasonal or limited-edition beers and cask ales at SunUp Brewing Company too, as these frequently pop up to complement the standard suds.

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