Arizona’s tastiest fundraiser, the 2018 Scottsdale Culinary Festival, is celebrating its 40th anniversary on Saturday, April 14 – Sunday, April 15, 2018. Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, this year’s celebration will be the biggest and best yet with a robust array of 40 local restaurants and 20 national and local bands across four stages. Other top highlights include VIP quarters, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, Four Peak’s beer garden, Tito’s Handmade Vodka Stardust Lounge and Hensley’s Liquid Arizona–a lounge packed with local beer, wine, spirits and entertainment.
This year’s national headliner will be Everclear, performing live on Saturday, April 14th. Everclear, known for their mega hits “Santa Monica”, “Father of Mine” and “Wonderful”, was formed by Art Alexakis in 1991 in Portland, Oregon. Since then, the band has enjoyed a lengthy career spanning 10 studio releases, numerous videos, thousands of shows and accolades that include a 1998 Grammy nomination for Best Rock Instrumental, for the Afterglow track “El Distorto de Melodica.”
Eve 6, a 90’s SoCal pop-punk trio, best known for their hit singles “Inside out” and “Leech” will take the stage to open before Everclear. With much success in the late ‘90s and early millennium, Eve 6 ingrained their anthemic radio hits into the fabric of the lives of a whole generation. Reunited and re-energized, the band has returned with album Speak In Code eight years after parting ways in 2004. As the fourth full-length release for Eve 6 and their debut on their new label Fearless Records, the album heralds not just a return to form for the threesome, but a new chapter in a book that had ended all too abruptly.
Other entertainment highlights for Saturday include: The Black Moods, Wyves, Rock Lobster, The Sink or Swim, Lee Perreira, Whitherward, The Waters and Joel Maze & Kung Fu Grip. For Sunday’s festival, highlights include Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra. Spark Jack Daddy and Jay Allan & The Uncommon Good.
General admission, beer garden and VIP tickets are available for both days online at www.scottsdalefest.org. All the entertainment mentioned above is included with general admission.
General Admission | Presale | $12
General Admission | Day Of | $15
Kids 12 and under are free
Beer Garden | Presale | $42
Beer Garden | Day Of| $45
*Beer Garden includes General Admission to the Festival, a souvenir tasting mug and 20 four ounce beer samples.
VIP | Saturday Admission | $150
VIP | Sunday Admission | $125
*VIP admission includes exclusive demo seating and unlimited food tastings within the VIP tent (while supplies last.)
Held at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, the City of Scottsdale is proud to be the host sponsor of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. The City of Scottsdale is a premier destination for things to do in Arizona.
Special thanks to the 2018 Scottsdale Culinary Festival sponsors: The City of Scottsdale, Hensley Beverages, Four Peaks Brewing Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Phoenix Magazine, Phoenix NewTimes, Lincoln Motor Company, 3 Amigos Tequila, Sub-Zero, Lyft, Kind Bar, Powercrunch, Yelp, Elite Restaurants, Vienna Beef, Monster and Fiji Water.
All net proceeds raised will support the non-profit Scottsdale League for the Arts in its effort to promote the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area, via annual fundraisers such as the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and Cooks & Corks. Since 2002, the League has contributed more than $4.4 million to numerous organizations such as Ballet Arizona, Childsplay, and Free Arts of Arizona. For a complete list of events, please visit www.scottsdalefest.org.