By Niki D’Andrea
Two days. More than 20 bands. More than 34 vendors. With numbers like that, it can be hard to whittle down what to do and eat at the upcoming Scottsdale Culinary Festival. So we’re offering this handy quick-hit guide for making the most out of the weekend.
See: The Teen Cook Off and chef demos. The former features six teams of young chefs from around the Valley competing for entrance into the World Food Championships (preliminary rounds take place at 12:30 and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, and the finals take place Sunday at 2 p.m.). Chef demos take place at 12:30 p.m. Sunday in the Virginia G. Piper Theatre.
Hear: Headlining bands Everclear and Eve 6. The 1990s alt. rock hit-makers take the main stage on Saturday evening. Several local acts will also play throughout the weekend, including Fayuca, The Black Moods, and Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra.
Eat: Everything. Just kidding. This is a choose-your-own-gastronomic-adventure. Meat lovers will dig Aioli Gourmet Burgers, Honey Bear’s BBQ, Pork on a Fork, and Tom’s BBQ; sweet teeth can get satisfied with Butta Cakes, Doughlicious Desserts, Flourish, and The Nitro Live Ice Creamery; and just about everyone can appreciate Cornish Pasty, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, the Pho King Food Truck, Sonata’s, and Zoe’s Kitchen. But it’s all good.
Drink: Whatever your heart desires. Beer fans can hunker down in the Beer Garden, which features more than 200 specialty craft beers (admission costs $42 presale, $45 the day of and includes admission to the festival, a souvenir tasting mug and 20 samples of beer at 4-ounces each), while wine and spirits lovers can hit the Liquid Arizona lounge.
Scottsdale Culinary Festival takes places Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and April 15, at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 E. Second Street, Scottsdale. General admission tickets cost $12 presale online, $15 day of the event, free for kids 12 and younger. VIP tickets are also available. For more information, visit scottsdalefest.org.
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