Celebrating some of the simplest and purest pleasures in life, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival is Arizona's premier culinary event, bringing people together to appreciate good food, good drinks, and good company. This event, which has been going on for more than 40 years now, having celebrated its 40th edition in 2018, offers a whole host of edible experiences and exciting events for attendees of all ages.

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The Scottsdale Culinary Festival is a place to enjoy the wide variety of flavors found all around Arizona and beyond, bringing people together through a shared love of food and offering a wide range of delicious treats, unbeatable drinks, live music entertainment, and all sorts of special events to make the day complete. Every year, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival grows larger, adding new ideas and attracting new people, making it one of the best events to check out in the Phoenix area.

Details on the 2019 Scottsdale Culinary Festival

The 2019 Scottsdale Culinary Festival will be held from Saturday, April 13 to Sunday, April 14 of 2019. Doors will open at midday on both days, with the event coming to a close at 9pm on Saturday and 6pm on Sunday. This will be the 41st Scottsdale Culinary Festival and it's set to be one of the best ever events, offering a huge array of restaurants, breweries, live music acts, demonstrations, and more, all in a beautiful outdoor location beneath the friendly warmth of the Arizona sun. You can expect to taste all kinds of food and drinks at this event. There are a Beer Garden and Wine Garden, both offering lots of free tastings, and there’s a full VIP experience for people who really want to make the most of the day.

Getting to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

The 2019 Scottsdale Culinary Festival will be held at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, which is located at 7380 E 2nd Street Scottsdale, AZ 85251. This is a gorgeous outdoor location and one of Scottsdale's prettiest spots. It's also very easy to access, especially for people in and around the Phoenix area in places like downtown Phoenix, Mesa, Tempe, Gilbert, Chandler, Glendale. Getting to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival 2019 is very simple. There's a bus station on Drinkwater Bl, just a short walk away, as well as metro stations in the Tempe area too, so you can ride the metro and then take a bus or taxi, if you're relying on public transport. Otherwise, you can simply drive over directly to the event.

Parking at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

If you're traveling to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival by car, you'll find ample parking at the three following locations: Drinkwater Boulevard at East Second Street, Wells Fargo Avenue, and the Old Town Parking Corral on Brown Avenue. All of these locations are very close to the event itself and parking here is totally free, so you won't need to worry about paying any extra charges on top of your festival admission price.

Buying Your Ticket for the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Looking to buy tickets for the 2019 Scottsdale Culinary Festival? If so, you'll be able to do so in two ways: either online or at the door. It's cheaper to pay online, so it makes a lot of sense to book your tickets in advance. The event will be held regardless of the weather, so you aren't running any risks of cancellation by booking online.

Regular tickets cost $12 on the internet, but will be priced at $15 on the door. Any children aged 12 and below can enter the Scottsdale Culinary Festival for free. If you'd like to access the Beer Garden in addition the rest of the festival, you'll need to purchase a Beer Garden ticket for the price of $42 online or $45 on the day. VIP tickets are also available, offering a bunch of additional benefits and experiences, for the cost of $150 on Saturday and $125 on Sunday.

VIP Tickets for Scottsdale Culinary Festival

So, what are the advantages of buying a VIP ticket for the Scottsdale Culinary Festival? Well, these tickets offer the best possible way to experience the event. As the name indicates, you'll be treated like a VIP every single second of the day, gaining full access to the festival grounds and being able to claim up to eight free beverages from any vendor you like.

Exclusive cocktails will also be provided to VIPs, and you'll gain access to the VIP tent, which contains free food and drinks. VIPs will receive free access to the beer garden, which comes with over a dozen beer samples and a free mug. You'll get the best seats for the live music shows too and even a meet and greet opportunity with some of the acts, as well as various other benefits that will be revealed on the day.

The Scottsdale League for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization that hosts Arizona’s tastiest fundraisers, donating all net proceeds to local arts non-profits. Since 2000, the League has donated $4.5 million to the local arts programs. In 2018, 25 organizations serving thousands of Valley residents, including children in hospitals, aspiring playwrights and more, received grants. Organizations include the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Ballet Arizona, Scottsdale Philharmonic, Phoenix Film Foundation, and the Southwest Shakespeare Company. website