Foodies unite, and prepare for one of the most delicious events you’ll ever experience! The Scottsdale Culinary Festival lasts for just a handful of days, but will be the highlight of the year for anyone looking for amazing things to do in Arizona. Ferocious competition, food experimentation, bubbly cocktails, and festivities galore are all part of the fun.
Shaken & Stirred, 7 p.m., $40, Searsucker
Return to a richer time in history when Sinatra and his cronies sipped the most stylish and complex cocktails. You will love the upscale atmosphere and the perfect entertainment.
The Chocolate and Wine Experience, 7 p.m., $50, Talking Stick Resort
For attendees of this event, the two best tastes in food are served in tandem, their delicate flavors complementing one another and bringing out the full spectrum of flavors in each.
Burger Battle, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m., $55, Scottsdale Stadium
Sixteen participants face off in this year’s mighty Burger Battle. Guests sample and vote on each of the burger selections, choosing a favorite to be honored with the People’s Choice Award. A panel of evaluators decide who earns the Judge’s Choice Award. Winners walk away with trophies and pride!
Bubbles & Bliss, 7 -10 p.m., $40, W Hotel
Dress your best for this stylish champagne party featuring the shining waters of the pool at W and lots of crisp bubbly.
George Beard Benefit Dinner, 6 p.m., $200, Deseo at Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
If you’d like to experience the absolute best that life has to offer, this dinner must be on that list. Award-winning master chefs prepare the ultimate in delicacies and complex fare for your appreciation, paired with the perfect wine for each plate.
Eat, Drink & Be Pretty, 7 – 11 p.m., $75, Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts
For lovers of fashion and food, this will be a top night. Taste and style are brought together for an amazing night of entertainment that will satisfy your need for the exquisite in both food and clothing.
Chef Wine Dinners, 6:30 p.m., $125, Various Locations
Eight luxurious locations are part of this wonderful event where the finest dinner offerings are presented with beautiful selections of vintage wines. Things to do in Arizona could not be more fabulous than these intimate dinners.
The Great Arizona Picnic, noon – 9 p.m. (noon – 6 p.m. Sunday), $10, Scottsdale Civic Center
This weekend-long event is one of our favorite things to do in Arizona largely because of the variety of experiences present. Dozens of restaurants and bars present their best. Intricate dishes and flavorful cocktails are set to fantastic live entertainment and a beautiful venue. Admission also allows entry into the Epicurean Expo, a presentation of cooking demonstrations and cookware designed for the serious culinary enthusiast. VIP Access available.
Wine Country Brunch, 11 a.m., $65, Scottsdale Resort & Conference Center
Silent Auctions, brunch samples, and competition abound at this, the 25th anniversary of its inception.
Best of the Fest, 6:30 p.m., $175, Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort & Spa
One of the most exciting events of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Best of the Fest pits ten fantastic restaurants against each other in a fierce contest of taste temptations. Five full service courses accompanied by the perfect wine provide each restaurant the opportunity to flaunt their talent in a showdown like no other.
The Scottsdale Culinary Festival is an event you won’t want to miss. With the most amazing food selections, delectable drinks and top shelf style, it should be at the top of your list of things to do in Arizona this spring.