• Diana Brandt

Devour Culinary Classic Pre-Sale Begins Today


The most anticipated culinary event in the region, Devour Culinary Classic brings together the culinary and beverage leaders who are establishing Arizona as a sought-after destination. An annually award-winning event, the Devour Culinary Classic has been named Best Southwestern Culinary Festival by the New York Times, Best Food Festival by Phoenix Magazine, Best Culinary Festival from the Phoenix New Times, and Best Food Event from azcentral.

After being hosted at the Phoenix Art Museum for the past eight years, the Devour Culinary Classic will be held at Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) March 3-4, 2018. Desert Botanical Garden is pleased to be bringing the Devour Culinary Classic to their space, as the event fits in closely to their mission. "Just like all the participants in the Devour Culinary Classic, the Garden is proud to fly the 'locally grown' flag,” says Desert Botanical Garden Executive Director Ken Schutz. “We look forward to hosting the event in 2018.”

As in years past, the Devour Culinary Classic will continue to be one of the state’s most collaborative and creative food-centered events. Unlike other food festivals, the Devour Culinary Classic intentionally focuses on local talent. “Our main objective is to support the development and promotion of the culinary and extended local food community and culture in Arizona, bringing deserved local and national attention to our state's food scene,” said Kimber Lanning, founder of the event and Executive Director of Local First Arizona. “We believe we’ll be even better suited to showcase Arizona’s one-of-a-kind culinary culture with Desert Botanical Garden as our host.”

Ticketing Details

Ticket Sales Dates

2018 ticket sales will open first to members of the organizations organizing the event. Following the exclusive member pre-sale, tickets will open to the general public.

  • Member Pre-Sale: Active members of the Local First Arizona Localist program, Desert Botanical Garden, and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance are eligible to purchase tickets for the Devour Culinary Classic and other Devour Week events beginning on Wednesday, Nov. 1. Members will be given details for purchasing tickets by their respective organizations.

  • General Ticket Sale: Tickets for the Devour Culinary Classic and other Devour Week events will be available to the public beginning Monday, Nov. 13. Tickets are limited and those interested in attending Devour Culinary Classic events are encouraged to explore membership options with LFA, DBG, and SAACA to take advantage of the member pre-sale. Tickets will be available for purchase at https://classic.devourphoenix.com/tickets.

Ticket Packages

For the 2018 Devour Culinary Classic, there are three different ticket packages available. Cost of ticket package includes ticketing and processing fees. Packages are available for both Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, 2018. Packages are available for single day attendance only, those interested in attending both Saturday and Sunday must purchase those respective packages.

  • The Tasting Package - $105: The Tasting Package offers the essential experience allowing guests to sample and enjoy the best local restaurants and food while strolling Desert Botanical Garden.

  • One Day General Admission to Devour Culinary Classic

  • Access to Hensley/Quench Beverage Garden

  • Access to Hensley/Quench Wine Sales area, with an exclusive selection of wine and spirits available at discounted prices

  • Access to Chef Demos

  • Commemorative Passport

  • Reusable Wine Glass and Yolk

  • Lyft Discount

  • The Connoisseur Package - $155: The Connoisseur Package is a next level experience for devoted Devour guests and novice food fans alike. Enjoy exclusive access to new event features while sampling and strolling your way through the beautiful Desert Botanical Garden.

  • One Hour Early Admission for One Day to the Devour Culinary Classic

  • Access to Hensley/Quench Beverage Garden

  • Access to Hensley/Quench Wine Sales area, with an exclusive selection of wine and spirits available at discounted prices