Your Guide to This Weekend’s Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

This weekend, get ready for Arizona’s tastiest fundraiser, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, taking place at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall on Saturday, April 16 – Sunday, April 17, 2016. Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, this event features eleven themed zones jam packed with interactive experiences to taste, sip and celebrate the Arizona food culture.

Highlights include 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden, a vodka lounge and much more.

Here’s the full event guide to help you plan your day so you don’t miss a single delicious thing:

SATURDAY, APRIL 16

MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

CACTUS STAGE

12:30-2 p.m.               Shari Rowe

2:30-4 p.m.                 Elvis Before Noon

4:30-6:30 p.m.            Rock Lobster

7-9 p.m.                     DJ Jen Jones

BAREFOOT WINE & BUBBLY STAGE

12-1:30 p.m.               Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra

2-4 p.m.                      Vaughn Willis & Ear Candy

4 p.m.                         “Best of” Award Announcements- Best Food, Best Dessert, Best Booth

4:30-6:30 p.m.            Ryan Sims Band

7-9 p.m.                      Erin Kalin

BLUE MOON BEER GARDEN

12:30-2:30 p.m.          Vox Urbana

3-4:30 p.m.                 Uncorked

5-6:30 p.m.                Crown Kings

Chef DEMOS – STAGE 2

1 p.m.                         Lee Hillson/ The Phoeniciain

3 p.m.                         Greg Peterson /Urban Farming

5 p.m.                         Eddie Matney/Eddie’s House

TEEN COOK OFF: CHALLENGE TO THE CHEFS

1 p.m.

Chaparral High School – Gabbey Raissen /Carlo Bonette

Camelback High School – Joseph Grant / Ariana Soberanes

Pinnacle High School – Cheyenne Lee/ Makenzie Davidson

3:30 p.m.

Paradise Valley High School – Jared Witte/ Jacob Degiuli

Camelback High School – Juan Carlos Ornelas / Javier Duarte

Chaparral High School – Esai Yanez/ Christian Lopez

6 p.m.

Finale Round

BIG GREEN EGG DEMO STAGE

2 p.m.                         Phil Johnson/ Phil The Grill – Caribbean Rum Shrimp with Grilled French Bread

4 p.m.                         Corey Gifft/ Master Chef Jr.  – Farfalle Pasta with Grilled Chicken and Asparagus

6:30 p.m.                    Sterling Smith/ Loot N Booty BBQ – Cedar Planked Smoked Salmon & Aioli

CULINARY EXPERIENCE TENT

1 p.m.                        Mixology Demo /Luke Detraz/Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona | Director Of Mixology

4 p.m.                         “The Power Of Scent On Flavor” / Prena Mirchandani/ Sensmood | Founder & Fragrance Connoisseur

5:30 p.m.                    “Meet The Brewer” / Dustin Hazer/ Helio Basin | Owner & Brewmaster

AZ WINE EXPERIENCE

1 p.m.                         Keynote / Cellar 433

2:30 p.m.                    Source Matters

4 p.m.                         Wine 101

FAMILY ZONE

1 p.m.                         Face Painter + Balloon Twister

SUNDAY, APRIL 17
MUSICAL ENTERTAINMENT

CACTUS STAGE

12-1:30 p.m.               Dry River Yacht Club

2-4 p.m.                      Nate Williams Band

4:30-6 p.m.                 Sassy and the Sneak Attack

BAREFOOT WINE & BUBBLY STAGE

12:30-2 p.m.               Groove Merchants

2:30-4 p.m.                 Nineball

4:30-6 p.m.                 Arizona Blues Company

BLUE MOON BEER GARDEN

12:30-2:45 p.m.          Whiskeys Quicker

3:15-5:30 p.m.            Georgia Chrome

CHEF DEMOS- STAGE 2

1 p.m.                         Ryan Laufenburger / Brat Haus

3 p.m.                         Diane Henderiks & Richard Sandoval / Celebrity Chefs

BIG GREEN EGG DEMO STAGE

1:30 p.m.                    Sterling Smith / Loot N Booty Bbq – Cedar Planked Smoked Salmon & Aioli

4 p.m.                         Elizabeth Havlicek / Elizabeth’s Moments of Joy – S’more Pan Cake / Strawberry Shortcake

CULINARY EXPERIENCE TENT

12:30 p.m.                  “Bean to Bar” / Jim & Maureen Elitzak/ Zak’s Chocolate | Owners

2:30 p.m.                    “The Power Of Scent On Flavor” / Prena Mirchandani/ Sensmood | Founder & Fragrance Connoisseur

4 p.m.                         “Meet The Brewer” / Steve McFate/ Fate Brewing Co | Owner

AZ WINE EXPERIENCE

1 p.m.                         Keynote / Cellar 433

2:30 p.m.                    Source Matters

4 p.m.                         Wine 101

FAMILY ZONE

1 p.m.                         Face Painter + Balloon Twister

1-3 p.m.                     Pinspiration- Hosted Craft

Scottsdale Culinary Festival Quick Facts

When:

Saturday, April 16, 2016, noon – 9 p.m.

Sunday, April 17, 2016, noon – 6 p.m.

Price Points:  

$10 General Admission

Kids 12 and under are free

$40 Southwest Festival of Beers – includes GA  + a souvenir tasting mug and 20 beer samples

$140 Saturday VIP Admission

$115 Sunday VIP Admission

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

Where:           

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

Tickets:

www.scottsdalefest.org

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 The Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner. Since 2002, the League has contributed more than $4 million to numerous organizations such as Ballet Arizona, Childsplay, and Free Arts of Arizona.

About the Scottsdale League for the Arts

The Scottsdale League for the Arts is a 501(c)(3), non-profit volunteer organization of accomplished men and women who support artists, arts programs and arts education through fundraising and special events. In order to offer continuous value and assistance to the arts, the League awards all net funds raised to a variety of arts focused organizations through a grants program. For more information, visit: http://leagueforthearts.org.

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