Phoenix Cooks!

Culinary Festival in Scottsdale

Phoenix Cooks!
Judy Hedding

Phoenix Cooks! is one of many culinary events that take place in the Greater Phoenix area. About 50 restaurants will participate, offering guests the opportunity to sample interesting wines, beers and mouthwatering foods, witness chef and celebrity cooking competitions, attend classes and shop at this popular culinary event. What a great way to spend Labor Day Weekend!

When is Phoenix Cooks?

September 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where is it?

The culinary event takes place at the Westin Kierland Resort in North Scottsdale. If you want to make it a special weekend, why not spend the night?

How do I get tickets and how much are they?

Tickets are $85 each in advance  online (fees may apply) until 5 p.m. on Sept. 1 or $100 each at the door. People who choose not to drink alcoholic beverages at the event may purchase Designated Driver Tickets for $60 each in advance or $75 at the door. Children ages 6 and older are required to purchase a General Admission ticket.

Your ticket entitles you to sample unlimited food, wine, beer and spirits. You are welcome to attend the demonstration stages.

Are discounts available?

A discounted price, as mentioned above, is offered if you buy tickets in advance. No other coupons are offered that I know of.

What else should I know?

Phoenix Cooks affords participants the opportunity to see culinary demonstrations on several stages and sample Chef creations and spirits as well as shop in the marketplace.

No strollers are permitted, so if you are bringing any children under the age of six you must carry them at all times. My recommendation is to leave them with a babysitter.

Seven Tips Before You Go to Phoenix Cooks!

  1. You'll see all kinds of attire at Phoenix Cooks, everything from shorts and sneakers to little black dresses. Nice jeans or resort casual attire would be appropriate.
  2. This is not a cheap ticket and the event only lasts a few hours. If you are thinking that you don't want to eat at 10 a.m., think again. When I arrived at 10:30 the parking lots were already full and the event was packed! Come early and pace yourself. It may seem at times that lines are long for some samples, but I found that if you are patient and seek out the chefs that have plenty prepared you'll have no problem.
  1. I found wines, some beers, a few tequilas and some water varieties. Water was easy to find and there were even soft drinks/juice vendors.
  2. Make sure you explore the entire venue—outside the main hall there were more chefs, autos on display, a fundraiser auction, seminars and additional vendor booths. This event has expanded over the years, so make sure you visit the ballrooms on the other side of the convention center, too, off the main lobby. There was a packed house over there, too!
  3. Many of the chefs were mingling during the event. It's a great opportunity to meet them, ask advice and try to wrangle a few culinary secrets out of them.
  1. There were a few children there, but generally I would not recommend that you bring the kids. There's no face painting or bouncy attractions here. No strollers are permitted.
  2. Leave whatever you might think of carrying at home. If you don't need a purse or a camera, you'll find it much easier balancing your tray, wine glass, napkins and utensils. Inside the ballroom there are few areas where you can sit while you eat.

What if I have more questions?

For more information, visit Phoenix Cooks online.

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