On Friday, Apr. 21, from 6-9:30 p.m. an island-themed event encouraging tropical thoughts returns to downtown Chandler as we head into the Arizona summertime. The Taste of the Islands, the theme of April’s Chandler Art Walk, will feature artisan shopping, live music by a steel drum band, and tropical food and drink specials available for purchase at participating merchants. Save your money for a trip to the beach, because this event is free-to-attend.
The best part about this event is the island-inspired treats and sips the participating downtown Chandler merchants have available for purchase the night of this art walk. Last year included over 12 specials from 9 different downtown Chandler businesses. Offerings included food items like a Hawaiian Luau plate, pulled pork sandwich, Hawaiian-style pizza, piña colada milkshake or paleta, and 21-and-over drinks with names like Life on the Rum and Vacation in a Glass. The group is expecting the same participants this year, and perhaps a few more. The participating merchants and their specials will be announced on this Facebook Event listing in the weeks leading up to the event.
For the shopping part of the event, guests can peruse pieces from over 30 local artists in Dr. AJ Chandler Park west and along the sidewalks of San Marcos Pl., starting at SanTan Brewing Co. and heading south. Artisan pieces range from jewelry, woodworked items, paintings, illustrations and more. Many vendors sell items at just $50 or less, making art truly affordable for all. Each month ushers in new artists, making the event a different experience each month.
Guests should come prepared for island-style boogie-ing to the tunes of Corona del Sol’s Steel Drum Band. In addition, guests are asked to dress the part of a tourist on a tropical beach. Hawaiian print button downs, leis, flip flops, straw hats, and sunblock slathered noses are welcomed and encouraged.
The point of this art walk is to celebrate the upcoming summer the best way we know how, pretending you’re on a beach. This art walk has everything but the water. And if you’re wanting to swim in crystal blue waters? Book a room at the historic, and beautiful San Marcos Hotel in the downtown where you can lay poolside and not have to worry about getting a ride after two or three of those rum drinks.
Food, Drink, and Treat Specials (more will be added as we get closer to the event):
SanTan Brewing Company
Hawaiian Luau Plate | 14.25
This will be the closest you get to an authentic Hawaiian Luau plate off the islands!!! Delicious kalua pork with Mr. P's pineapple habañero bbq sauce, lomilomi salmon, steamed white rice, macaroni salad + a Hawaiian dinner roll
Vacation in a Glass | 6.5
Coconut Water Vodka, SanTan Mr. Pineapple Pineapple Wheat Beer, Fresh Pineapple Juice
Wash it all down with their Yotes Pale Ale (a Hibiscus Pale Ale).
Piña Colada Paleta
Ice Cream Sammies
Coconut Dream Ice Cream Sammie, 2 warm Coconut Oatmeal White Chocolate Chip cookies paired with Scratch-made Coconut Ice Cream. (normal pricing is $5.25)
Crust Chandler — Simply Italian
Pineapple Charred Daiquiri for $8
Serranos Mexican Food Restaurants
Pomegranate Margarita, served frozen or on the rocks with salt or sugar.Using Sauza Blue Agave Tequila, H.W. Triple Sec, sweet & sour, lime juice and Chateau Pomari Liqueur.
Their special price will be $5.99
Modern Margarita Chandler
Blue Gringo cocktail:
1.5 oz milagro blanco
1oz pineapple juice
.75 oz blue Curaçao
.5 banana liqueur
.5 simple syrup
.5 lime juice
Bourbon Jacks Bar and Grill Chandler
Pulled Pork Sandwich and Tropical Mule. The drink includes Don Q Passion Fruit Rum, Ginger beer and fresh lime squeeze.
Murphy's Law Irish Pub
Lime Moscow Mule. Cost is $9.25 plus tax… First 25 guests will receive the ultimate VIP treatment you'll be awarded a one-of-a-kind Absolut Vodka Mule mug!