With only two shopping weekends left until Christmas, most of the gastronomy events in the valley over the next few days are geared towards the holidays. This weekend you can learn the art of cheese making and impress your family, friends and co-workers with a handmade Christmas cheese ball. Or put your nose to the grindstone and learn the intricacies of sniffing wine. Do you need a smile? Head to The Womack for a lavish drag show and brunch and soften your edges. Do you feel naive about giving gifts? We have a cure for that too! Here are the best food and drink events in the valley for the next few days. Friday, December 10th 50 Cent Bottle Signing Head to Paradise Liquor, 722 West Southern Avenue for a meet and greet event with rapper, actor and entrepreneur 50 Cent on December 10th. Fiddy signs bottles of Branson Cognac from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. VIP packages allow you to cut the queue, hang out in the VIP area and secure a bottle to sign. Meet and greet packages range from $ 229 to $ 699. The number of bottles is limited and no guarantee can be given on the day of the event. Orders placed online will be picked up on the day of the event. The Branson des Rappers brand was launched in 2018. His Cognac XO was named one of the 100 Best Spirits of 2020 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Delayed package? Give Heineken Got a late gift package? You might be lucky. Gift givers in Phoenix affected by supply chain delays have the option to receive a free promissory note from Heineken. Starting December 10th, Heineken will be releasing Heineken IOUs, a free placeholder gift for gifts that don’t arrive on time. The promotion is valid in select markets, including Phoenix, two weekends before Christmas: May 10-12. and 17.-19. December. To request a promissory note, upload a screenshot of a delayed shipping notification starting December 10th. I support local community journalism, support the independent voice of Phoenix, and help keep the future of the New Times free. click to enlarge The gift box contains six bottles of Heineken and a personalized message to let the recipient know that their real gift is on the way. Heineken Saturday, December 11th Vegan Holiday Market The Phoenix Vegan Night Market will be showing its December sale from 5pm to 9pm on Saturday, December 11th on Central Avenue and Roosevelt Streets on Garfield Street between First Street and Central Avenues. This month’s market will have a holiday theme, live music and more than 45 local vegan and vegan friendly food, beverage, grocery, pantry, product and craft vendors. Entry is free, and discounted $ 5 public parking is available all night from 5:00 p.m. on the northwest corner of Roosevelt and First Streets. Before and after the market, parties are planned at The Churchill. A new outdoor craft market in Tempe is open for its second Saturday market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Merchantile Market at 1500 North McClintock Drive offers vintage, unique, and handcrafted items. There is also live music and free face painting. The first 50 guests receive free market bags. The market is sponsored by its stationary counterpart, The Merchantile of Scottsdale in Old Town. Future markets are planned for selected Saturdays until April 2022. Spirited Sipping Seminar – Discover the wonderful world of sparkling wine on this course at Hearth ’61 in Mountain Shadows, 5445 East Lincoln Drive in Scottsdale. There are 30- and 45-minute classes where you can learn more about the history of bubble drinks and try some of them. Space is limited to 20 guests, the maximum party size is eight, and it costs $ 39 to attend. Sunday, December 12th Sunday Drag Brunch at The Womack Head to the recently renovated live music cocktail lounge, The Womack, 5749 North 7th Street in central Phoenix for the festive Sunday drag brunch from 11 am to 3 pm Enjoy clock. The cocktail lounge reopened earlier this month. Sit back on the newly expanded indoor and outdoor deck for entertainment by The Gender Outlawz. The lounge’s brand new menu with craft cocktails in Japanese style is certainly worth a closer look or you can opt for a locally brewed craft beer like Wren House, AZ Wilderness or Tombstone. click to enlarge The Gender Outlawz appear as part of the Sunday Drag Brunch at Womack. The Womack Monday December 13th Aromatherapy for Wine Lovers Have you ever wondered why they keep smelling wine? Sniff the LDV Winery, 7134 East Stetson Drive, Suite B-110, in Scottsdale long enough and you are sure to find out. Le Nez du Vin, which translates as “The nose of wine”, is a hands-on experience that focuses on expanding the perception of wine with all of the senses, especially building expertise in the field of wine aromas. The event, which takes place on December 13th from 3pm to 5pm, includes a special tasting of LDV’s award-winning wines, lots of nibbles, a wine-chocolate pairing, and a flavor-based exercise to help you identify the different scents commonly found in wines. Cheese making on holiday Give away cheese this Christmas season. Learn how to make cheese that can be wrapped and gifted for the holidays on this 2-hour beginner’s cheese class at Peacock Wine Bar, 1525 North Gilbert Road, Suite C-108, in Gilbert. Each group of pupils, around five per group, starts with milk and refines it in the course of the lesson into two types of cheese, which can be wrapped as great Christmas gifts. Ideally, leave with a night of fun, your own copies, and the knowledge to make your own cheese and handmade edible gifts at home. Tuesday, December 14th Wonderland Whiskey TastingWhiskey lovers will enjoy this seasonal tasting at the Second Story Restaurant and Liquor Bar on Tuesday, December 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the restaurant, 4166 North Scottsdale Road, Suite 102, in Scottsdale appreciate. Try a 5 whiskey flight with a welcome cocktail in the barrel, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, Blanton’s Bourbon, Eagle Rare Bourbon, Sazerac Rye, and WL Weller Special Reserve. Tickets are required for the tasting.