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Scottsdale Culinary Festival

7380 East Second Street in Scottsdale, Arizona

Apr 18 2020 - Apr 18 2020

Price: $12 - $24

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The Scottsdale Culinary Festival is a one-day event that celebrates fine food, fashion, music, and dance. Attendees get the opportunity to try samples from various restaurants from the Greater Phoenix region. According to the Scottsdale League for the Arts, which presents the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, this is the longest-running event of its kind in the nation. At least 25 vendors will be handing out samples of their amazing creations for 2020. Attendees can also watch live cooking demonstrations on how to create fabulous meals at home. Additionally, live bands will play tunes throughout the day. 

LOCATION

Mark your calendars to attend the Scottsdale Culinary Festival on April 18, 2020. The festival will occur at 7380 East Second Street in Scottsdale, Arizona, which is the address for the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

LINEUP

The Scottsdale League for the Arts has yet to release the full schedule of events for the 2020 festival. However, the lineup will include programs and performances at different areas in and around the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. Cooking demonstrations are set to take place at the amphitheater stage. At the fountain stage, you can catch live music and dance. Tastings and other activities will be held at the north side of City Hall.

RVING AT THE EVENT

Regardless if you bring your RV or rent one from RVshare, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival is an ideal stop for road trippers. While there aren't RV accommodations at the festival, you'll find several campgrounds in the region. For example, the Scottsdale Trailer Corral is located about a mile south of the performing arts center on the same road. 

WHERE TO STAY

If you are coming to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and want to stay all night in your RV, then you'll probably need to stay at the Scottsdale Trailer Corral as it is the only campground in Scottsdale. You could also head to nearby Mesa, where you'll find the following RV parks:

Apache Palms RV Resort: This campground, which is located about 7 miles south of the festival, offers a heated swimming pool and full hookups along with internet and cable television connections. Basic sites start at $55 per night. 

Green Acres RV Park: This campground, located about 14 miles southwest of the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, offers concrete patios behind each back-in site, full hookups, a heated spa, and a swimming pool. Rates at this campground start at $50 a night. 

Mesa Spirit RV Resort: Located about 18 miles southeast of the festival, this RV park offers full hookups, wide spaces, and a swimming pool. Rates at this 55-plus campground start at $64 a night. 

There are also several hotels near the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. These include the following: 

Saguaro Hotel: This pet-friendly hotel located 0.2 miles from the festival offers two heated outdoor swimming pools, cruiser bikes, and a spa. 

Hilton Garden Inn Old Town: Located about 0.5 miles from the festival, this midrange hotel offers refrigerators and microwaves in every room along with a lounge. Rates start at $199 per night. 

Marriott Suites Old Town: This all-suite hotel 0.6 miles north of the festival offers a huge fitness room. Even more impressive, many rooms come with a terrace with views of the nearby mountain. Rates start at $269 per night.

HOW TO GET THERE

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival will be held at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. The easiest way to get to the center is to get on the Highway 101 Loop. Get into the right two lanes of the loop and exit onto Thompson Road. Continue until you come to North 76th Street/North Miller road. Turn right onto this road and continue until you come to Osage Road. Turn left on Osage Road. Make a right in one block onto North Drinkwater Boulevard to arrive at your destination. 

PARKING

There are 368 parking spaces at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. However, some of them may be blocked off during the Scottsdale Culinary Festival because of access needed for vendors and other things. Therefore, event organizers recommend that attendees park at the following nearby lots: 

Civic Center Library Garage: This free lot, located at Drinkwater Boulevard and East Second Street, is accessible only to vehicles shorter than 6 feet, 6 inches tall. 

Civic Center Lot and Garage: This parking lot and garage, located at 3888 Wells Fargo Avenue, offers 368 parking spaces. Some of them are suitable for parking an RV while others have covers that are too short for RV parking. 

Old Town Parking Corral: Located at East Second Street and Brown Avenue, this lot has 224 spaces. Vehicles must be shorter than 8 feet, 8 inches tall to fit in this lot. 

Pepperwood Lot: There are 123 spaces within the Pepperwood Lot, which is at East First Avenue and Buckboard Trail. While this lot has no height restrictions, you can only park your vehicle in it for three hours. 

A free trolley runs to each of these parking lots and also stops at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival.

TICKETS & PRICING

Children under 12 do not need tickets to attend the Scottsdale Culinary Festival. General admission tickets are $12 in advance, and they can be obtained through the event website. If you wait to buy your tickets at the gate, then general admission tickets are $15. You can upgrade your experience by purchasing the yacht package for $42. This comes with a souvenir mug and 20 4-ounce drinks from vendors during the festival. You can also buy a VIP Premier Pass for $125 that comes with entrance to two exclusive entertainment areas, catered food inside the VIP tent, and a drink card for limited drinks around the festival grounds. 

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