Scottsdale Culinary Festival: 4 Events You Can’t Miss

“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the ‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart.” – Emma Bombeck

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival is kicking off its 35th year of giving Arizonians the opportunity to seize the moment.

The weeklong festival, running this year from Thursday, April 9 to Sunday, April 14, collaborates with over 100 Scottsdale restaurants and dozens of top chefs to provide over 35,000 guests with all the food, wine, dessert, and entertainment that their bodies can handle.

The festival acts as the primary fundraiser for the Scottsdale League for the Arts, which has donated over $3.5 million to the arts and art education programs in Arizona since 2002.

Grab some pants with an elastic waist, a group of friends, and a limo or party bus from us have an epic girls night out at one of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival events. Here are 4 events that we’re particularly excited about:

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From the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website: “The Valley’s top chocolatiers come together to provide your sweet tooth with an experience like none other: unique and wonderful chocolate creations expertly paired with wines from around the world.”

  • When: Wednesday, April 10, 7-10 PM
  • Where: Talking Stick Resort, 9800 E. Indian Bed Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85256
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From the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website: “Your fashion-forward experience begins as you walk the red carpet into an evening of food sampling from 20 of the Valley’s favorite restaurants and wine tasting with several unique wineries. The evening includes a spring fashion show presented by Cache, music from DJ P-Body inside and Las Vegas show band True to Life outside offering you all the ingredients for a stellar Eat, Drink and Be Pretty evening.”

  • When: Friday, April 12, 7-11 PM
  • Where: Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, 7380 East 2nd Street, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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From the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website:The Blue Moon Southwest Festival of Beers gathers 200 specialty beers and some of your favorite local establishments to create a party unto itself. Talk to craft brewers, distributors, and restaurant owners as you enjoy superior sights, sounds, and suds. The hoppin’ confines of the infamous ‘Beer Garden’ also offer delicious food, wine, and hand-crafted live music all day.

On Sunday, we welcome the return of Blues and Brews and the pairing of three of the finest Blues acts in the Valley with the best beer tasting selection in the West.

For admission, guests receive a tasting mug on a string, live music and access to the five acres of fun. Tasting Tickets to purchase $1 beer samples, wine, soft drinks and food are sold separately.”

  • When: Saturday, April 13, 12 PM – 7 PM; Sunday, April 14, 12 PM – 6 PM
  • Where: Scottsdale Civic Center, 3939 North Drinkwater Boulevard, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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From the Scottsdale Culinary Festival website: “Bask in the sunshine, sip on mimosas, and peruse outstanding silent auction items, taste and vote for your favorite brunch bites from some of the Valley’s top restaurants. This year will be big; after all, it’s the 25th Wine Country Brunch: The Challenge.”

  • When: Sunday, April 14, 11 AM – 2 PM
  • Where: Scottsdale Resort and Conference Parkway, 7700 East McCormick Parkway, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

There are tons of other events happening during the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Be sure to visit their official website for a complete event schedule and ticket and location info.

And don’t forget to contact us for convenient, quick, and fun transportation.