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Scottsdale Culinary Festival: Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17

Dining well has always been a focus for our luxury Scottsdale Family Resort, because if one has not dined well, one cannot travel well, vacation well, or relax well either. If you are in town April 16 and 17, you will be certain to dine well at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. This annual event is a weekend devoted to celebrating amazing food and drink, complete with live entertainment, wine garden, beer festival, and even a family fun zone. No matter who you are, as long as you like food, you’ll love the Scottsdale Culinary Festival.

"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." - Virginia Woolf

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

The festival is held on 25 acres of park land, where you can try as much phenomenal food as you can handle. Admission to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival includes a variety of unique culinary experiences. At the Epicurean Expo, guests can watch renowned chefs in action, learn how to craft the perfect cocktail, and peruse the latest knives, cookware, and cooking appliances. You can even watch local teens show off their skills as they compete in the Teen Chef Challenge. Curious about what it takes to produce wine in Arizona’s climate? Check out the Arizona Wine Seminars where you can listen to expert panel discussions and taste how Arizona does wine.

If you need to take a break from eating, you can play extra large yard games, join in some of the interactive art projects, or simply unwind while listening to live music. The festival Family Zone has been expanded this year to ensure there is fun for all ages. The bouncy house, magician, face painting, temporary tattoos, carnival games, and crafts provide plenty of ways to for kids and their parents to work up an appetite.

Add on Experiences

Southwest Festival of Beers: With 200 specialty beers, craft brewers, and restaurant owners all under one tent, the Southwest Festival of Beers is heaven for hops lovers. Tickets for the Southwest Festival of Beers include admission to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival as well as a souvenir tasting mug and 20 beer samples.

VIP Experience: For those who want a first-class experience, there are a limited number of VIP tickets available. VIPs receive access to all specialty venues and the exclusive VIP tent. In the VIP tent, guests can indulge in unlimited free food and drink, receive mini massages, and enjoy premium seating to watch the live music. VIP tickets sell out every year, so it's best to buy them early.

After a day of dining well, take the time to vacation well. Immerse yourself in serenity at the Luna spa, take a leisurely swim in one of our two outdoor pools, or simply sip a prickly pear margarita at the Twisted Vine Pool Bar. Located less than 15 minutes away from the festival grounds, The Scottsdale Resort at McCormick Ranch is the perfect place to stay for the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. Contact us today to make a reservation for your culinary weekend.

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