The Scottsdale Culinary Festival, located in the heart of the parks in Scottsdale is an impressive, well-structured event fit for the Scottsdale demographic, whatever you think that is.
With an entrance fee of only $10.00s, it’s worth it to check out. There’s PLENTY of food, great entertainment, and a decent shopping area.
If you like to spend money, you can hop into the beer club room for $30.00s or get a VIP pass for $140 dollars. I think if I were to come back, I’d try and do the VIP.
Parking really sucks here but Scottsdale is one of those places where you just have to know the secret spots. Most of the time, the secret spots are decently far and you have to walk a block. The library is always a good place to find good parking for these types of events.
I think as a blog about food, it would be preposterous not to mention this event. It’s a good event! Sure somethings are overpriced, but there are deals for everyone.
Most booths are actually located inside an auditorium known as the culinary symposium. In my opinion, it was a bit lackluster and focused on a lot of store brands, food travel and specialty craft stores.
There is plenty of entertainment going around with about two big stages and a bunch of small shows around the venue. The big stages had music ranging from cultural folk dance to not-bad cover bands. It was a beautiful day here in Scottsdale so we were able to enjoy the sun, the shade and just the nice, bright, atmosphere.
I went to a wine tasting with my group and it was kind of a bad idea. Originally, I just wanted to taste free wine but it turned out it was a pretty serious lecture about local Arizona wines. I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t for my friends. They got bored really fast.
Honestly, nothing really worth shopping here. Go spend your money on food. Seriously.
We ate a lot but it was so worth it. The food’s relatively cheap, with the rnage generally being $2.00-$6.00 and when you compare it to a cup of beer ($6.00) you are going to have a hard time debating whether you should get a beer or a gyro.
Legion’s Roast Beef Slider
For two dollars, this was the first bite I’ve had in the festival and I believe it set the bar really really high. For such a small sandwich, it was absolutely beautiful. The meat was moist and tangy and the complementary tomato and dill pickle completed the bite along with the hearty kaiser roll.
DC’s Smokin BBQ
Standard barbecue but it hit the spot. The ribs were soft and tender and the beans were spiced well.
Los Gringos Tacos
I got two tacos for $6.00s. This included the spicy chicken and the green chillie pork. The spicy chicken had quite the kick and the green pork was very savory. You get a lot of meat in these tacos and the sauce binds well to the meat so you get a lot of flavor infused goodness. I feel like good soft taco tortillas are hard to describe
Roka Akor’s Ribs
I actually ate these at the Matsuri festival a couple months back.
Sushi Roku’s Bites
Deep fried glutinous rice cubes topped with a spicy salmon mixture. These were pretty darn good and I think were overshadowed by the amount of people buying bacon-wrapped shrimp. Either way, I loved the contrasts of flavors here. You have a glutinous yet crunchy deep fried bite mixed with a refreshingly spicy fish paste.
Pita Jungle’s Gyros
I admit, I should have gotten something more unique but I haven’t had Mediterranean food in forever! With a gyro only $6.00 (I guess in New York, it’d be cheaper but we’re not in New York) I couldn’t resist. The gyro was refreshing with plenty of lamb and I enjoyed scarfing it down. With the nice, summery day outside, I found the gyro from Pita Jungle a perfect companion for sitting outside and eating.
I debated eating this or pizza and this won out. I actually was walking around and found a herd of girls holding these beautifully colored dessert spheres. I had to find the trail and it lead me to this Gelato cart. I got the Italian ice, which is a beautifully designed, home-made refreshing dessert.
Free KIND Bars
Not pictured but Kind was doing an awesome promotion where they lined up like 16 different bars for people to sample for free.
I also heard the mac and cheese entrees were bomb but I wasn’t in the mood. However, since it was such a nice day, I treated myself with a root beer float because I needed it but it was nothing special.
The Scottsdale Culinary Festival was a great, high quality festival and I think anyone who’s a big foodie should really go to this. There’s a price for all demographics here and there is a lot of really tasty food, an awesome crowd, some great entertainment, and you can really squeeze your money’s worth just relaxing and enjoying the scenery.