Time to Plan for the Scottsdale Culinary Festival
During the second weekend in April, 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, and a slew of chefs and winemakers will convene on two-and-a-half acres in the desert to tantalize the taste buds of hungry and thirsty locals and out-of-towners during the Scottsdale Culinary Festival.
Last year, 30,000 food- and drink-lovers celebrated Arizona food culture, and even more are expected this year. The best part is this festival pays it forward. All net proceeds raised will support the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts, which promotes the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix area. Here is what to expect:
The Beer Garden
The Beer Garden will feature 200 specialty beers from local and national craft breweries, food from local restaurants, and beer games.
Culinary Experience Tent
Under this tent attendees can enjoy fun and educational demonstrations in cooking, mixology, and chocolate making or attend seminars on food photography or urban farming.
There are three stages set up for hosting live music throughout the event.
Kids just want to have fun, and they sure can with face painting, bouncy houses, carnival games, a magician, and crafts.
One space will showcase everything local: wineries, spirits, and craft beer from around the state of Arizona. Guests can sample wines, spirits, and cuisine while being entertained by local musicians and artists.
Private cabanas are available and include all of the perks of VIP admission plus a private lounge.
Teen Cook Off
Saturday will be the preliminary rounds of the Teen Cook Off, where local culinary students compete for great prizes and bragging rights. The final competition round is Sunday.
Courtesy of Diane Henderiks
Last year, my friend chef Richard Sandoval and I hosted a fabulous culinary demonstration at this festival. After the demo, I spent the afternoon enjoying all this event has to offer and let me tell you, this is one of the tastiest in the nation, so mark your calendars to visit Scottsdale on April 8 and 9, 2017.