MXSW Weekend Guide: SW Cajun Fest, Jolie’s Place anniversary, Sausage Fest

BY Jess Harter Friday, April 21, 2017

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Southwest Cajun Fest

From noon-9 p.m Saturday, Angry Crab Shack, Creole Cajun Bistro, and Eddy Dee’s will be among the restaurants providing Cajun food in downtown Chandler. The fest also will feature live music and themed zones such as Bourbon Street, the French Quarter, and the Garden District and more. Patrons of all ages are encouraged to dress in festive parade-style attire. Eating competitions will include watermelon, Cajun wings, and crawfish.Admission is $8 online or $10 at the gate.

Frozen Creamery grand opening

Although it’s been open for five months, Frozen Creamery in Gilbert finally will throw a grand-opening party this weekend. Today, there will be cold brew shake samples (all day), Miranda the Lipstick Reader (6-7:30 p.m.), and live music (7:30-9:30); Sunday, cold brew float samples (all day) and Ursa the Frozen Creamery Princess (1-3).

Hob Knobs 9th anniversary

Chandler sports grill Hob Knobs will celebrate its ninth anniversary with live music tonight, the Blackhawks NHL playoff game Saturday, and a 3 p.m. pig roast Sunday. Specials (available 7 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and all day Sunday) will include $1 Jell-O shots, $2 Old Style cans, and $3 domestic drafts.

Jolie’s Place 5th anniversary

From 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Jolie’s Place in Chandler will host ‘‘A Taste of Old-Time Chandler,’’ featuring barbecue dishes and live music. Games will include Corn Hole and horseshoes, and there will be raffles and drawings to support Fans Across America.

Danky’s Free Bar-B-Q Day

From noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Danky’s BBQ in Phoenix will hold its second annual benefit for Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The barbecue is free, and 100% of donations and T-shirt sales will be donated. The rest of the day, all tips and 20% of sales will be donated.

AZ International food trucks

From 6-10 p.m. Saturday, AZ International Marketplace in west Mesa will host its first food truck festival. Participating trucks will include The Lemongrass Shack, Flippin’ Rice, and Thai Saap. There also will be a live DJ, free face painting, free raffles, and bouncy houses for kids.

Bar Viñedo’s Spring Fling

From 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Queen Creek wine bar Bar Viñedo will throw its second annual Spring Fling with complentary wine, beers, and spirits tastings and great discounts on purchases to take home. There also will be live music and 15-plus local vendors.

French Toast Eating Contest

From 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, recently opened Even Stevens in Tempe will hold an all-ages contest during brunch with a $25 gift card for first place. All-you-can-eat French toast is $3.75. Space is limited, so email adeines@evenstevens.com to sign up.

Sausage Fest at Brat Haus

From noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Brat Haus will be serving several kinds of brats, pretzels and a variety of craft beers. They’ll attempt to best their state-recond 120-foot brat, plus there will be stein-holding and Giant Jenga competitions. Admission is a $5 donation to Honor Flight.

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