55 Things to do #11: Attend the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

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Victory 55 Things - Attend the Scottsdale Culinary FestivalGood food is an important aspect of enjoying life, and Victory at Verrado will be a place where great culinary experiences and delicious cuisine can be had in spades. Main Street Verrado and the Raven club are already home to top-notch restaurants, with even more planned for the Victory District.

Here, food will be an immersive experience. A foodie’s paradise. Learning, preparing, cooking and eating in a space designed for those who are passionate about their culinary pursuits. Access to professional grade equipment and expert chefs will further your exploration of food and drink; from brewing, to bottling, to braising, baking and everything in-between.

And what better way to get your culinary curiosity flowing than to attend a wonderful local food event, the 36th Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival.

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival kicks off Tuesday, April 8 with the Opening Night Affair at the downtown Casablanca Lounge where you can enjoy vintage cocktails including the TeqCasa, made with Espolon, lime, grapefruit, and pomegranate juice, topped off with chile-infused agave syrup.

And be sure to put your Founder’s Day picnic skills to good use at their signature event the Great Arizona Picnic on Saturday, April 12 and Sunday, April 13. If you are interested in something more exclusive, buy tickets for the VIP Experience. It includes access to all specialty picnic venues and entry to the VIP tent overlooking the main music stage.

The festivities continue through Sunday, April 13 with the grand finale event Best of the Fest.

Click here to view the full schedule of events.

About the Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

In 2014 we celebrate the 36th anniversary of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, the longest running event of its type in the nation. The Festival has grown to a community favorite hosting over 35,000 guests, 20 events, 100 restaurants, dozens of top chefs and countless fine wine and spirit selections.

The six day festival offers a diverse menu of luxurious dinners, themed cocktail parties and our signature event, the Great Arizona Picnic featuring 50 restaurants, chef demonstrations, live bands and specialty tasting venues.

Scottsdale League for the Arts

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. When you attend a festival event or volunteer, you are supporting the arts and culinary scene in the Valley of the Sun – thank you!

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