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  • Writer's pictureDiana Brandt

Celebrate the Scottsdale Culinary Festival's 40th Anniversary

Arizona’s tastiest fundraiser, Scottsdale Culinary Festival, is celebrating its 40thanniversary on Saturday, April 14 – Sunday, April 15, 2018. Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, this year’s celebration will be the biggest and best yet. Guests will enjoy tasting the best culinary creations from 40 local restaurants, live music by 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden, and the Tito’s Handmade Vodka zone.

Returning again this year is the Local Lounge presented by Hensley Beverage Co., showcasing local wineries, spirits, and craft beer from around the state of Arizona. Sip and sample the best that the Valley of the Sun has to offer in wines, spirits, and cuisine while being entertained by local musicians and artists.

Hosted by Four Peaks Brewing Co., the Beer Garden will feature more than 30 breweries and 250 specialty beers from local and national craft breweries, food from local restaurants and beer games. Or, take a break from the food and enjoy live entertainment on three stages. For the kiddos - fun abounds in the Family Zone where kiddos will enjoy face painting, bouncy houses, carnival games, a magician, crafts and more.

On Saturday in the Virginia Piper Theatre, take a break from the festival to watch the preliminary rounds of the second annual Teen Cook Off where local culinary arts students will compete for great prizes and bragging rights. Then, return to the festival on Sunday for the final competition round!

Scottsdale Culinary Festival Quick Facts

When: Saturday, April 14, 2018, noon – 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 15, 2018, noon – 6 p.m.

Price Points: $12 General Admission – Presale online

$15 General Admission – Day of

Kids 12 and under are free

$42 Beer Garden – Presale online

$45 Beer Garden – Day of

Beer Garden includes GA to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival + a souvenir tasting mug and 20, 4 oz beer samples

$150 Saturday VIP Admission

$125 Sunday VIP Admission

VIP admission includes exclusive demo seating, and unlimited food tastings inside the VIP tent, while supplies last.

Where: Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E Second Street, AZ 85251

For a more private experience, Corporate Cabanas are available and include all of the perks of VIP admission plus a private lounge space. This is the perfect way to treat clients, friends and family to an exclusive experience. More details and package specifics can be found online here:

All net proceeds raised will support the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area, via annual fundraisers such as the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and Cooks & Corks. Since 2002, the League has contributed more than $4.4 million to numerous organizations such as Ballet Arizona, Childsplay, and Free Arts of Arizona. For a complete list of events, please visit

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