April 14 – 18 in Scottsdale, Arizona

As the longest running festival of its kind in the country, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival draws over 40,000 food enthusiasts looking to celebrate and taste supreme cuisine, as well as partake in the festivities. For residents and visitors alike, this is one of Scottsdale’s most highly anticipated annual events.

This year’s festival—in its 31st year—features a wide variety of exciting activities from cooking demonstrations by some the country’s most prominent chefs to a unique James Beard dinner. Cuisine includes Southwestern, Asian, French, Italian influences and more.

Renowned for its array of upscale events, as well as more relaxed activities and tastings, Scottsdale Culinary Festival is held at a variety of locations.


Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner

Seven James Beard award-winning chefs prepare a six-course meal with selected wine pairings. This is a rare dining event showcasing renowned chefs—all at the top of their game.

Tuesday, April 13, 6 PM

The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa

$200 per person

Eat, Drink, & Be Pretty Party

See and be seen at this chic food and wine tasting. The weekend kickoff boasts live entertainment, dancing, music and a fashion runway show.

Friday, April 16, 7 – 11 PM

Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

$60 in advance, $70 at the door

Chefs Wine Dinners

Join award-winning chefs at some of the Valley’s top restaurants in Scottsdale and Phoenix for a series of exclusive four-course dinners paired with vintage wines. (Dinners limited to 24 attendees per restaurant.)

Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician

Palm Court at Scottsdale Resort and Conference Center

Sushi Roku at W Scottsdale

T. Cook’s at Royal Palms

Talavera at Four Seasons

Zinc Bistro

Saturday, April 17

Great Arizona Picnic:

Two-day food affair with live entertainment at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall featuring tastings from up to 50 restaurants alongside live music and plenty of wine, beer and margaritas.

April 17-18

$10 admission

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