He Said: Can’t-miss upcoming foodie events in the Phoenix area

Feb 9, 2017, 5:28 AM

This is the time of year when the Phoenix area is inundated with festivals and events galore that will tempt your taste buds.

We took a look at a few of the ones we’ve enjoyed in the past that can’t wait to experience again and also a sneak peek at a new festival.

There are so many options to choose from, so get your stomachs ready for a season of amazing foodie events!

Devour Phoenix

(Instagram Photo)

(Instagram Photo)

Everyone knows about the weekend of Devour Phoenix events at the Phoenix Art Museum but did you know there are events all week leading up to the always sold out weekend food fest?

Bartending competition: Bartenders from nine metro Phoenix bars and restaurants armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits convene for a mix-off.

Participating bartenders will go head-to-head in a series of three rounds, shaking it to compete in the final, mystery basket round for the title of Arizona’s Star Bartender in 2017.

Seven-Chef Singh Along: During this family-style wine-paired dinner, each chef will prepare a single course that highlights both their distinctive style and the bold flavors of Arizona.

Each course will be paired with a fine Arizona wine from local producers.

Palette to Palate: The event blends the visual arts and culinary arts by pairing chefs and painters to interpret each other’s work for a show that is at once unique and insightful into the worlds of the two artists.

The evening will feature Arizona wines and award winning chefs, paired with regional artists who will unveil new works at the event.


  • Bartending competition — Feb. 26, 3 p.m.
  • Seven-Chef Singh Along — March 1, 5:30 pm
  • Palette to Palate — March 2, 6 p.m.


Ticket Info:

  • Bartending competition — $40
  • Seven-Chef Singh Along — $160
  • Palette to Palate — $40

Burger Battle

(Facebook Photo)

(Facebook Photo)

A dozen of the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants go head to head for the title of best burger in the Valley.

Hungry patrons will enjoy tasting mouthwatering burger creations and voting for the best burger to bestow the People’s Choice Award.

A panel of culinary experts and local celebrities will taste their way through the grills and select the Judge’s Choice Award winner.

Two lucky chefs will win the golden ticket to compete in the World Food Championships in November.

When: March 9 — 7 p.m.

Where: Scottsdale Waterfront

Tickets: General admission tickets are $65 during presale and $75 at the door.

VIP Admission is $85 and includes early entry, meet and greet with local celebrity judges, a VIP gift and access to the exclusive lounge area.

All admissions to Burger Battle include all the burger tastings you can eat, ice-cold beer, wine, fries, desserts, lawn games and live entertainment by the Groove Merchants.

This is a 21 and over event.

Eighth Annual Great American Barbecue and Beer Festival

(Facebook Photo)

(Facebook Photo)

More than 60 BBQ pitmasters from across the nation serving up over 20,000 pounds of mouth-watering pork ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, all paired with 200 kegs of the state’s finest craft beer from SanTan Brewing Company.

Festival highlights include a full day of country music — headlined by Easton Corbin — a March Madness lounge, grilling demonstrations, a kids zone, eating competition zone, a local band stage, mechanical bull riding, jumbo lawn games, a farmers market and over 100 exhibitors.

When: March 25

Where: Downtown Chandler

Tickets: Presale general admission tickets are available for $15 online and will be $20 at the gate.

A corral pass is available for $75. It includes side stage access in a gated private zone, a souvenir bucket of beer, private restrooms, seating and snacks. It is open to adults 21 and up only.

VIP passes are available for $175 for a limited time. VIP admission includes six alcoholic beverages, catered food, private seating and restrooms, front stage access, and shaded areas. It is open to adults 21 and up only.

Fifth Annual Flavors of the West

(Facebook Photo)

(Facebook Photo)

More than 30 restaurants are expected serving delicious samples featuring everything from seafood to Asian cuisine. Can you say “free samples?”

When: April 8 — Noon to 4 p.m.

Where: Litchfield Park, alongside the historic community on Old Litchfield Road

Tickets: General admission is $45 plus fees. This gets you unlimited food samples and five drink tickets.

VIP tickets are $100 plus fees. They include early entrance to the event (11 a.m.) and access to an exclusive VIP garden, extended bar stocked with spirits, live dueling piano show, exclusive dessert bar and a signature gift.

Nirvana Food and Wine

(Sanctuary Resort Photo)

(Sanctuary Resort Photo)

This new series of events will draw international talent for a four-day extravaganza with star chefs and the Sanctuary’s own Executive Chef Beau MacMillan.

From a kick-off torch party at Sanctuary’s famous infinity-edged pool to a birds and bubbles dinner, master of taste event and best of the West showcase, guests and locals will experience a true taste of Paradise (Valley).

When: April 27-30

Where: Sanctuary Resort, Paradise Valley

Tickets: Food event tickets will range in price from $85-$350. Golf tournament is $400 per player.

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He Said: Can’t-miss upcoming foodie events in the Phoenix area