Culinary Festivals and Events

Great Events in Phoenix and Scottsdale Where You Can Eat,Drink and Mingle

Looking for beer or wine events? Do you enjoy gourmet delights or gumbo? No matter what your taste, there is sure to be a festival in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area to suit you. You can relax outdoors while snacking and sipping, or dress up to see and be seen while you sample the efforts of our best chefs. Go with an appetite and leave the calorie counting and daily point limitations at home!

Note: Almost all of our hundreds of festivals in Greater Phoenix include food and beverages, but these are the ones where the true focus of the event is sampling culinary creations.

All dates and offerings are subject to change without notice. Photo credit: Catherine Lane, E+ / Getty Images. Image is generic and not intended to represent any particular culinary festival.

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    Street Eats
    ••• Street Eats. Judy Hedding
    A festival of truck food sampling! Held at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale. Usually takes place in January.
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    Celebrity chefs, plus a large sampling of food, craft beer and wine from sixty chefs, breweries and vineyards. Usually takes place in January.

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    The Arizona Craft Brewers Guild and its members invite the public to the Arizona String Beer festival, as well as to many beer sampling activities, restaurant specials and bar events around town and cities across Arizona. Usually takes place in February.
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    Held at the Phoenix Art Museum, this culinary festival spotlights local artisans, farms, restaurateurs, food producers and vintners. Usually held in March.
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    Bon Vivant
    ••• Bon Vivant. Judy Hedding
    A fun, casual, food and drink tasting event held at Rawhide. Wear your favorite western gear or dress to impress and help raise money for more than 30,000 children and teens who count on the Boys & Girls Clubs of the East Valley. Live entertainment. 21+ only. Usually takes place in March.
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    A culinary showcase of Arizona’s favorite independent restaurants,  wineries and craft breweries that have been featured on the local Channel 8 television program. Downtown Phoenix. Usually takes place in March.

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    Great American BBQ & Beer Festival
    ••• Great American BBQ & Beer Festival. Judy Hedding

    The Great American BBQ & Beer Festival is not just another barbecue competition. It is a family festival in the streets of downtown Chandler where you can listen to music, have fun and enjoy great food and beer. Usually takes place: Spring.

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    AZ BBQ Festival
    ••• AZ BBQ Festival. JudyHedding
    About 50 barbecue teams will compete, and you get to taste them all. Scottsdale. Usually takes place: Spring.
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    Cajun Fest
    ••• Cajun Fest. Judy Hedding

    Celebrating Cajun culture and handcrafted beer, the Great Southwest Cajun Fest will showcase the heart and soul of New Orleans paired with Arizona fusion and flavor. Live musical entertainment. Usually takes place: Spring.

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    Arizona Wine & Dine
    ••• Arizona Wine & Dine. Judy Hedding
    Formerly known as Forks & Corks. More than 20 of the top chefs from renowned local restaurants and resorts set up and prepare a specialty or two from their menu. Musical entertainment. An evening event, 21+ only. Scottsdale. Usually takes place: April.
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    Flavors of the West
    ••• Flavors of the West. Judy Hedding

    West-siders have a culinary festival to love, with West Valley restaurants participating. Instead of an admission charge and then tickets for samples, your admission allows you as many samples as you'd like. Litchfield Park. Usually takes place in April.

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    Burger Battle at Scottsdale Culinary Festival
    ••• Burger Battle at Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Judy Hedding

    Food and wine events for every level of foodie in the Valley of the Sun. The Scottsdale Culinary Festival includes wine dinners, chef events, specialty beverage events, and food competitions between both local and nationally acclaimed chefs. Usually takes place: April.

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    Festival of Beers
    ••• Festival of Beers. Judy Hedding

    The Scottsdale Culinary Festival Weekend (formerly known as the Great Arizona Picnic) and the Southwest Festival of Beers happen on the same days and at the same location. These are two of the featured events of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Sunshine, wonderful food, great beers, and hot music are the trademarks of the Great Arizona Picnic and Southwest Festival of Beers. Usually takes place: April.

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    The Original Taste
    ••• At Scottsdale Waterfront. The Original Taste

    The Taste began more than 35 years ago. It's a spring event attracting an average of 6,000 guests annually. This event is a benefit local charities supported by Executive Council Charities to fund youth programs. Scottsdale. Usually takes place: April.

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    ••• Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain

    A four-day event at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, featuring world-acclaimed chefs and winemakers for a series of tastings, special meals, and a celebrity golf tournament. Paradise Valley. Usually takes place: April.

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    Culinary Festival in Scottsdale
    ••• EPICURIAD. Beer for Brains Foundation

     A Food, Craft Beer & Wine Pairings event in Scottsdale hosted by the Beer for Brains Foundation, a Scottsdale-based national non-profit organization of craft beer lovers, distributors and brewers committed to raising public awareness about brain cancer. The main event includes sampling of gourmet food, craft beer and wine from Street Food Chefs, breweries and vineyards. Usually takes place: April

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    ••• Delicacies being prepared by the Chefs at Different Pointe of View in Phoenix. Judy Hedding
    Attend Phoenix Cooks! classes, culinary demonstrations, sample Chef creations and spirits, marketplace. The ultimate foodie event is the Phoenix Cooks! Dine-Around. Usually takes place: August/September.
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    ••• © Different Pointe of View
    Several major cities around the country set a side a week where local restaurants can showcase their menus by offering a special meal at a special price. It's a great way to get to know some of the local dining options around town, some of which might have prices that are a bit our of reach when they aren't running a special promotion like this. Usually takes place: September.
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    National Bank of Arizona hosts the annual Taste of the Biltmore, a block party featuring local restaurants and eateries with musical entertainment. This event is a benefit for a local nonprofit. It takes place at the bank headquarters in Central Phoenix. Fall.
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    Arizona Taco Festival
    ••• Arizona Taco Festival. Photo Courtesy Arizona Taco Festival
    Sample tacos and side dishes, listen to music and enjoy cool beverages while various competitors vie for cash prizes and top honors for the best tacos in the land. A family-friendly event in Scottsdale. Usually takes place: Fall.
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    An evening event, 21+ only. Chefs compete in various categories with culinary creations in varying degrees of spicy heat. Usually takes place: Fall.

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    Greek Festival of Chandler
    ••• Greek Festival of Chandler. Judy Hedding

    You can experience a slice of Greece at this outdoor festival featuring traditional Greek foods, Greek products, live Greek music, costumed folk dancing and a Kids Fun Zone. Usually takes place: Fall.

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    Dish It Out
    ••• Dish It Out

    Local participating restaurants and experiences serve up their Sunday best to thousands at this benefit for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Phoenix. The “Culinary Clash of Champions” features a cooking competition where local prominent chefs offer up their best creations for a celebrity judge. Usually take place: Fall.

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    A local food, music & talent event in the Roosevelt Row community in downtown Phoenix. Local restaurateurs and chefs prepare hot and spicy samples. Expect cooking demos, music, activities for kids. Free admission, charge for food. Usually take place: Fall.

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    An evening, event, cocktail attire. Cuisine from about 30 restaurants from all over the Valley, along with wine, cocktails, beer, entertainment and surprises. 21+ only. Usually takes place: Fall.
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    Taste of Cave Creek
    ••• Photo provided courtesy of Taste of Cave Creek
    Hosted by the Town of Cave Creek and located in Downtown Cave Creek, this event showcases food and drink from about 20 local restaurants and beverage purveyors. Usually takes place: October.
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    Cooks & Corks
    ••• Popular Local Chefs at Cooks & Corks. Photo Courtesy Cooks & Corks
    Cooks & Corks used to be part of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, but in 2013 it split off into its own event. It's a one-night-only, self-guided, outdoor culinary tasting event spotlighting Arizona’s top local chefs and a world-class collection of winemakers. Usually takes place: Fall.
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    Chiles & Chocolates
    ••• Chiles & Chocolates. Courtesy Desert Botanical Garden

    A culinary festival at the Desert Botanical Garden with flavors both spicy and sweet. Celebrate the unique taste of the Southwest at an open air market. Sample savory treats such as gourmet chocolates and zesty salsas. All products available for purchase from local vendors. Cooking demonstrations, children’s activities and live entertainment. Usually takes place: Fall.

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    The state's top wine makers showcase their finest wines at an interactive event where guests learn about Arizona wine production, walk through exhibits of the state's grape growing regions, taste dozens of wines and ultimately vote for their favorite. Usually takes place: Fall.
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    A celebration of all things local. Food samples, food trucks, beer and wine garden featuring Arizona-produced wine and beer. Family-friendly. Usually takes place: Fall.

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    Food samples, wine tasting, craft brewers, distillers and interactive foodie experiences.
    Usually takes place: Fall.