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2016 ARIZONA - MARCH 2016
Food Festivals & Local Food and Beverage Events

(see also: 2015 - 2014 - 2013 - 2009)

February 28-March 6, 2016  Devoured Culinary Classic - Tucson, Arizona

March 5-6, 2016  18th Annual Litchfield Art & Culinary Festival
Litchfield Park, Arizona
More than 250 extraordinary fine artists and craftsmen, irresistible culinary samplings, and lively entertainment.  A Culinary Pavillion featuring some of the region's top chefs conducting cooking demonstrations. Dozens of festival eateries will be dishing up a world of flavor complimented by a superb selection of fine wine, micro-brews and refreshing margaritas.  Attendance: 90,000.


March 5-6, 2016
My Nana's Best Tasting Salsa Challenge
Tempe, Arizona
A statewide culinary festival showcasing the prominence and popularity of our #1 condiment in the United States: salsa! Over 75 professional and amateur chefs prepare fresh salsa on site. Bartenders compete in the Margarita Mixoff. Enjoy live music and family activites. All proceeds benefit the Arizona Hemophillia Assoc.  (also: )  Attendance: 20,000

March 7-11, 2016  National School Breakfast Week
Nationwide - School Nutrition Association. 'Make the Grade with School Breakfast.'

March 11-13, 2016  12th Annual Fountain Hills Fine Art & Wine Affaire
Fountain Hills, Arizona
Thunderbird Artists presents this juried fine art festival, featuring over 125 of the nation's most accomplished artists. In addition, this festival features fine wines from around the world, live musical entertainment, gourmet food, and much more!

March 11-13, 2016  28th Annual Ostrich Festival - Chandler, Arizona
To celebrate this rich history, as well as provide a first-class community event, the Chandler Ostrich Festival began in 1989. The event has grown to become one of the premier festivals in the southwest, with 250,000 to 350,000 people attending the three-day celebration each spring.  The Ostrich Festival is a community family event featuring live ostrich races and ostrich-themed activities, national and regional entertainment, carnival midway, spectacular food, upscale arts & crafts, a Saturday morning parade and much more.  Attendance: 350,000.

March 15, 2016  'AgDay' National Agriculture Day - Nationwide
A day to recognize and celebrate the abundance provided by agriculture

March 19, 2016  Great American Barbeque & Beer Festival
Chandler, Arizona
The sweet aroma of BBQ will fill the air when thousands of hungry festival goers will be out in full force enjoying the food, craft beer, live entertainment, kid’s zone, farmer’s market and eating competitions. 20,000 pounds of BBQ and 200 kegs of beer.  Tickets online for $12 - $15 day of event. VIP admission $125.

March 20-23, 2016  American Bakers Association Annual Convention
Phoenix, Arizona
The ABA Annual Convention is the one time each year that the entire baking industry gathers together to chart new business courses, explore innovative opportunities, hear from policy and business leaders, and network with industry colleagues.

March 24, 2016 - 5th Annual Burger Battle - Scottsdale, Arizona
The competition heats up as over a dozen of the Valley’s best chefs and restaurants go head to head for the title of Best Burger in the Valley at the 2016 Burger Battle, presented by Leinenkugel’s. We challenge our guests to taste all the burgers, and then vote for the burger with the best bite to bestow the People’s Choice Award.


Meanwhile, our panel of chefs and culinary experts will taste their way through the smoking grills to select the Judge’s Choice Award. Winners will automatically qualify to compete in the World Food Championships.   Your Burger Battle ticket includes all the burgers you can eat, ice cold Leinenkugel’s beer, fries, dessert and live music, all in the friendly confines of the Hotel Valley Ho.  NEW: VIP Admission with early entrance, meet and greet with local celebrity judges, exclusive lounge area, & VIP gift.  Tickets: $65 General -- $85 VIP.

March 28, 2016  25th anniversary Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame
Scottsdale, Arizona
Prepare yourself for a new flavor of ceremony at this year’s 25th anniversary Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame, presented by the Scottsdale Culinary Festival and the Scottsdale League for the Arts.  The ceremony will recognize 2016’s culinary elite. An electoral kitchen including chefs, mixologists, media, farmers, organization leaders and board members will vote for this year’s inductees. The voting body includes the Scottsdale League for the Arts membership, the food and beverage community, the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Phoenix Convention and Visitors Bureau, and all past recipients of the Arizona Culinary Hall of Fame awards.  Tickets: $25 presale.

March 30-April 3, 2016  FEDA Annual Convention 2016 - Tucson, Arizona
Foodservice Equipment Distributors Association annual convention.


2015 ARIZONA - MARCH 2015
Food Festivals & Local Food Events

events still waiting for new dates

March 7, 2015  37th Annual Arizona State Open Chili Championship
The 2016 Cook-off has been canceled.

March 15-17, 2015  InnDependent Lodging Summit & Trade Show
Tucson, Arizona
With more than 6,000 members representing more than 24,000 hotels in 170 countries, IBC is clearly one of the fastest-growing independent hotel organizations in the hospitality industry.

This event promises to be unlike any other as well as the showcase event for the voice of independent hotel owners in the industry.  The IBC ILIA IJT Independent Lodging Summit & Trade Show offers something for everyone. From the trade show that offers one-stop shopping for every hotelier to the networking and educational programs and esteemed guest speakers, this is sure to be an experience you’ll never forget. Enjoy world-class activities, beautiful sunny Arizona weather, fresh air, and contemporary southwestern cuisine.  This is event of the year and one that you can’t afford to miss!


2014 ARIZONA - MARCH 2014
Food Festivals & Local Food & Beverage Events

events still waiting for new dates

March 15, 2014  Celebrity Chef Showcase - Tucson, Arizona
Famed chefs will visit a historic Tucson resort this spring to mingle with the locals. Attendees can experience delicious recipes paired with signature cocktails, beer and wine.  The event will feature culinary experts from around the world creating signature food from their latest published cookbooks alongside a local chef on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 6 p.m. The artistic culinary demonstrations will be paired with cocktails, beer and wine at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa.  Proceeds benefit paid internships for Slow Food Southern Arizona and SAACA’s arts therapy and education programs.  $125 per person - Includes featured menu samplings from celebrity chefs newest cook books, paired with selected wine, cocktails and beer.  Meet and greet with the celebrity chefs onsite.  All menu items will be re-created by local Tucson chefs who have partnered with each celebrity chef.

March 15-16, 2014  Tucson Festival of Books Culinary Stage
Tucson, Arizona
Chefs who are also best-selling authors are featured on the Culinary Stage. Presentations include live cooking demonstrations. Celebrity chefs and regional masters share their kitchen tips, demonstrate techniques and discuss the latest food trends.


2013 ARIZONA - MARCH 2013
Food Festivals & Local Food and Beverage Events

events still waiting for new dates

March 21-24, 2013  Festival of The West 2013 - Scottsdale, Arizona
Celebrating all things Western. Includes Chuck Wagon Cooking Competition, Western Trade Show, Entertainment, and More.


2009 ARIZONA - MARCH 2009
Food Festivals & Local Food and Beverage Events

events still waiting for new dates

March 14-15, 2009  West of Western Culinary Festival - Phoenix, Arizona
Fifty of Arizona's top independent and resort chefs join a hundred wineries in a two-day garden party, with chef cooking demos, wine classes, food seminars and jazz.  Phoenix Art Museum.




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