Southern Spain Wine Dinner. Experience a night inspired by the flavors of Southern Spain, no passport needed. The second wine dinner of Maynards Market and Kitchen's Summer Wine Tour features food by Executive Chef Brian Smith paired with wine by sommelier Will Olendorf. Enjoy classic Spanish dishes like Spanish tortilla and squid-ink rice, along with twists like smoked-paprika yogurt. 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 27. 400 N. Toole Ave. $60, excluding tax and gratuity, per person. Tickets can be purchased online or in person at the restaurant.
Tomato Basil and Garlic Festival. These three key ingredients take center stage at the Heirloom Farmers Markets Tomato Basil and Garlic Festival this weekend. Explore different kinds of local-grown garlic ranging from elephant garlic from Richcrest Farms to purple Italian garlic from In the Beginning Farm. Once you've got your fill of garlic, check out salsa, olive oil and other goods to complete your feast. While you're there, shop to the tune of live performances by local artists. 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28, at 10901 N. Oracle Road and Sunday, July 29 at 4502 N. First Ave.
Raw Foods: Dangers and Doing it Right. If you've ever wanted to try out the raw food diet, here's the chance to learn all about what you're getting into. This class, hosted by Food Conspiracy Co-op and Wild Success, will delve into how to do the raw diet right, with approaches from raw chefs, advocates and doctors, as well as how to go about making the switch to raw food. Still unsure if it's the meal plan for you? Class attendees will get a chance to try out the raw diet themselves with recipes. 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, July 28. 425 E. Seventh St. $10 per person. Register for the class online at
HarvestFest at Sonoita Vineyards. If you've been waiting for a chance to show off your grape-stomping skills, this is it. At Sonoita Vineyards' annual HarvestFest, put your grape-stomping skills to test in a competition, take a horse-drawn vineyard tour and more. Taste the wine and enjoy pairings as well. Sounds like a grape way to spend a day! 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28. 290 Elgin-Canelo Road. $25 general admission ticket includes wine tasting with souvenir glass, winery tour and more. Purchase tickets online at sonoitavineyards.com.
Cotton Candy at 1912 Brewing Co. Now here's a sweet combo to try out: cotton candy and beer. 1912 Brewing Co. is bringing together your two favorite fair treats for one afternoon. The event is family-friendly, so you can enjoy a cold one while the kids snack on the sweet stuff. Win-win! 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28. 2045 N. Forbes Blvd., Suite 105.
Pop-Up for the Mariachi Miracle. Celebrate mariachi with a meal at Zinman's Food Shop. The restaurant is hosting a pop-up dinner to promote The Mariachi Miracle, a book and film by Dan Buckley that reveals the educational impact of local schools' mariachi programs. For $8.75, grab a plate of rice, beans and squash with cracker bread. While you're eating, you can enjoy what the night is all about: mariachi! Mariachi Estrellas de Tucson will perform. 8 to 11:59 p.m. Saturday, July 28. 111 W. Fourth St.
Sweet and Savory Superfood Breakfast Bowls. Pancakes, waffles, French toast—let's face it, these breakfast staples aren't always the healthiest choice. Learn how to kick your breakfast's healthiness up a notch with this class hosted by Natural Grocers at Tucson River Road. The class will spotlight nutritional superfoods and how to prepare them in breakfast foods. The best part: attendees will get to taste them! The class is open to all dietary styles. 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 28. 5600 E. River Road.
Reilly's Beach Club. It's that time of the summer when the only seemingly plausible escape from the desert heat is to head to the beach. If you're not feeling the six-hour drive to California, The Rock has you covered. This weekend, the bar is hosting a beach club party on its patio, with food and drink specials like $2 tacos and beer. There will also be acoustic performances by Kimberly Scarsella, Brooke Povadora and more. Come decked out in beach attire. All ages welcome. 5 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29. 136 N. Park Ave. Free event.
Fine Wines for Felines. Helping out a good cause? Check. Focusing on local producers? Check. Getting to drink lots of wine? Check! This Arizona Wine Collective wine tasting raises funds for Pawsitively Cats, a no-kill cat shelter. At the event, attendees can sample five wines from around the state, as well as enjoy light snacks. Part of the event fee will go to Pawsitively Cats. 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29. 4280 N. Campbell Ave. $25 per person. 21+. Tickets can be purchased online via Eventbrite.com.