Food for the arts

Festival attracts people from around the country

Samantha Hernandez, Reporter

The 37th Scottsdale Culinary Festival will attract around 40,000 people to the city for a six day event. The festival brings some of the best chefs and culinary food from around the country for attendees to enjoy.

Money from the festival goes to Scottsdale League for the Arts. It’s an organization that supports art in the Valley, as well as in schools were children can benefit from the education.

The festival begins Tuesday, April 9, with the Opening Night Culinary Countdown. It’s a party to celebrate and kick off the event held at Talking Stick Resort.

On Wednesday, the Chocolate and Wine Experience will take place at the Musical Instrument Museum. One can enjoy from a selection of chocolate and wine, all while viewing the different exhibits.

Thursday night will have the Bubbles and Bliss event, as well as the Burger Battle. Bubbles and Bliss is a champagne celebration held at the W. Burger Battle is a competition between top chefs to decide who makes the best burgers.

Eat, Drink and Be Pretty is the main event Friday night and includes a live performance by Ashley Red.

The highlight of Saturday and Sunday is the Great Arizona Picnic. It will take place along the Civic Center Mall and it will include three stages where live music will be played as well as an array of presentations and samples of food. It also includes an area where children will be able to enjoy the festival, making it a memorable event for all ages.

Live music, great food, and various unique events is what the 37th Scottsdale Culinary Festival will bring to the table in April.