32nd Annual Scottsdale Culinary Festival

April food festival will have a fresh new twist

By: By Janeen Christoff

Great Arizona Picnic // (c) 2010

Great Arizona Picnic

This year’s Scottsdale Culinary Festival in Scottsdale, Ariz., will take place from April 13 to 18. For one week, clients can indulge in savory delights and sun-drenched days with an average temperature of 84 degrees. The festival, one of the country’s longest-running food festivals, offers culinary events ranging from the casual to the upscale. Not-to-be-missed spots include the Friends of James Beard Benefit Dinner at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa; the Chef Tribute Dinner at J&G Steakhouse; sessions with a Mixologist "On the Rocks" at Hotel Valley Ho; Eat, Drink & Be Pretty at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts; and the biggest event, the Great Arizona Picnic at Scottsdale Civic Center Plaza.

This year the culinary event is a fresher festival because of a new partnership with Singh Farms, a 20-acre, family-run farm in Scottsdale known for its sustainable practices. Singh Farms and the Scottsdale Culinary Festival planted a vegetable garden on the grounds of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts that will provide fresh herbs and produce to be used at this year’s event.

Ticket prices range from $5 to $200 per person.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival