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Scottsdale Culinary Festival, April 14 – 19, 2009

Warm sunshine, palm trees and the sights, sounds and scents of the country’s longest-running food festival: It’s Scottsdale at its finest! As frigid weather grips much of the country, it hardly seems possible. But it’s just around the corner …

What: The 31st Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival, a Southwestern tradition for foodies, culinary conquistadors and anyone looking to savor great flavors and soak up a week-long festival that brings it all to one place. It’s the original – and still the best.

When: Tuesday, April 14 through Sunday, April 19. Presented by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, the festival’s schedule is packed with a diverse roster of food and drink happenings and special appearances by local and national celebrity chefs. The fest, known for its array of casual to upscale events, will be held at a variety of locations and will feature: food and drink demonstrations by renowned chefs and guest sommeliers; mixologist and cocktail parties; live music from acclaimed bands; social soirees; and a unique Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner at which guests can mix and mingle with culinary icons.

Cost: Tickets range from $10 – $225. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

Where: The Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza (and locations throughout the Valley)
7374 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(Second Street and Civic Center Boulevard)
Scottsdale League for the Arts can be reached at (480) 945-7193

Why: Since 1992, the Scottsdale League for the Arts (SLA), the nonprofit organization behind the 31st Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival, has contributed more than $2.9 million to numerous organizations benefiting children, including The Phoenix Symphony, Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arts in Education Council, and Phoenix Boys Choir. SLA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit volunteer organization made up of concerned and caring individuals who invest their time and effort to raise funds for the arts and arts education programs.


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Proceeds from the festival will benefit the arts and arts education programs across Arizona.
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