Arizona residents can begin their holiday eating binge one week early by indulging in the first Phoenix Pizza Festival on the Saturday before Thanksgiving.

Taking place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 21 at Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., the Phoenix Pizza Festival will benefit Local First Arizona, an organization that champions local business ownership and consumer support of those businesses.

Approximately 15 pizza makers will come together and serve $2 slices, full pies, and everything in between to a crowd of about 2,500 attendees. Some participants to date include: Fabio on Fire, Focoso, Charred, il Bosco, Saffron JAK, Grand Avenue Pizza Company, Doughlicious, Rosati’s, Whiskey Ranch Grill, Authentic Pizza Ovens, and others.

Craft beer and wine tasting stations, fun lawn games, dessert vendors, and live bands will add to the pizza enjoyment. Expect beer from local makers such as the new Wren House Brewing and Sonoran Brewing Company, and wines by Chronic Cellars, Chateau La Paws, Woodwork, and others.

A kid’s craft zone will round out the fun. Since the holiday shopping season kicks off later that week, the event will also include a local business vendor marketplace so attendees can shop for gifts while supporting local business. Entry is $10 per person. Tickets and details are available at




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