I’m so thrilled to be working with the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau again this month to share some of the awesome local activities with you. Up this month is one of the awesome annual events in Scottsdale.
If you’re a regular reader you know I enjoy cooking. And who doesn’t enjoy eating, especially delicious foods?! Scottsdale, Arizona has tons of amazing places to eat, as well as many different food festivals to enjoy. Best of all, many of these festivals are perfect whether you’re going alone, with your significant other, your friends, or the entire family. That’s right, family friendly!
This past month marked the 36th anniversary of one of those festivals- the Scottsdale Culinary Festival– which happens to be the longest running event of it’s type in the nation!! It’s a 6 day festival- with the weekday events happening in the evening and the weekend events starting in the afternoon- so you can pick and choose which days work best for you and your family and/or which events you’re most interested in. As a guest, you’ll be able to enjoy all different types of foods, experience the culinary genius of tons of chefs, and even enjoy live music while you’re there! Whether you love chocolate and wine, burgers or BBQ, there’s an event tailored to the food you love most. Or if you love a little bit of everything, you can attend the signature event- the Great Arizona Picnic.
During the Great Arizona Picnic, guests wind through 25 acres of gardens and fountains along the Civic Mall in downtown Scottsdale while sampling tasty bites from over 50 Valley restaurants, watching cooking demonstrations from top chefs and enjoying live music on three stages.
Doesn’t that look like fun?!
Additionally, the festival is the primary fundraiser for the Scottsdale League for the Arts, whose members and staff work all year to present the festival. The League’s mission is to support artists, art programs, and arts education through fundraising and special events. Since 2002, the League has donated over $3.8 million to arts organizations in Arizona. So, when you purchase tickets to attend a festival event, or if you volunteer, you are supporting the arts and culinary scene in the Valley of the Sun!
Like Scottsdale Culinary Festival on Facebook to stay up to date with upcoming events. As always, check with Experience Scottsdale if you need help finding accommodations for your stay, or if you’re looking for a different activity on your trip to Scottsdale.
I was compensated for sharing the above mentioned activities with you. Regardless, all thoughts expressed are my own, and I never share anything I don’t feel would be a good fit for myself or my readers.