Supporting the Arts Never Tasted Better

2019 Burger Battle and more

The Scottsdale League for the Arts, which was formed in 1978, is a nonprofit volunteer organization that support artists, arts programs and arts education by presenting food-oriented fundraising events throughout the year. The League awards all net funds raised to a variety of arts focused organizations through a grant program each summer. This year’s grant funding supports thousands through the 25 selected organizations, serving at-risk youth, hospitalized children, young composers, aspiring playwrights and more.

This month, burger aficionados are invited to cast their vote in the People’s Choice competition at the 2019 Burger Battle. Guests at this all-inclusive event (21 and over) will enjoy unlimited burger tastings, fries, milkshakes and beer; live music, lawn games and more. Restaurant contenders also compete for a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships and title of “Best Burger” through an anonymous presentation to a panel of celebrity judges and culinary experts. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Scottsdale League for the Arts.

Also this month, join the League for its newest event, Mixed: A Cocktail Culinary Series, at The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa. See story on page 13. The League’s premier event, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, is the longest-running festival of its type in the nation and will be held April 13–14 at Scottsdale Civic Mall. The weekend tasting festival features more than 35 restaurants and 18 live local bands, national music acts, beer garden, chocolate and wine sampling, spirits tasting, family zone and more.

The 2019 Burger Battle will be held March 22, 7–9:30pm, at Scottsdale Waterfront at Southbridge, 7135 East Camelback Road. VIP tickets are $85 for private lounge seating and bar, and early entrance at 6pm. General admission starts at 7pm and costs $65. Tickets may be purchased online.

For up-to-date information on all Scottsdale League for the Arts fundraising events, visit

Scottsdale Culinary Festival Celebrates Fortieth Anniversary

40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands & more

Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, this year’s Scottsdale Culinary Festival is expected be the biggest and best yet. Guests at this 40th anniversary celebration will enjoy tasting the culinary creations from 40 local restaurants, live music by 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden and the Tito’s Handmade Vodka zone.

Returning this year is the Local Lounge presented by Hensley Beverage Co., showcasing local wineries, spirits and craft beer from around Arizona. Hosted by Four Peaks Brewing Co., the Beer Garden will feature more than 30 breweries and 250 specialty beers from local and national craft breweries, food from local restaurants and beer games. Or, take a break from the food and enjoy live entertainment on three stages. For the kiddos, fun abounds in the Family Zone where they will enjoy face painting, bouncy houses, carnival games, a magician, crafts and more.

On Saturday in the Virginia Piper Theatre, take in the preliminary rounds of the second annual Teen Cook Off where local culinary arts students will compete for prizes and bragging rights. Then, return to the festival on Sunday for the final competition round.

This year’s national headliner is Everclear, performing live on Saturday. Eve 6, a 90’s SoCal pop-punk trio, will take the stage to open before Everclear. Other entertainment highlights for Saturday include .

All net proceeds raised will support the nonprofit Scottsdale League for the Arts ( in its effort to promote the arts and arts education organizations in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Since 2002, the League has contributed more than $4.4 million to numerous organizations such


as Ballet Arizona, Childsplay and Free Arts of Arizona.

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival takes place Saturday, April 14 – Sunday, April 15 at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, 7380 East Second Street. For a complete list of events and to purchase tickets, visit

Taste, Sip & Celebrate

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

Culinary Festival 2Hosted by the Scottsdale League for the Arts, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival returns to Scottsdale Civic Center Mall April 16-17. Event highlights include 40 local restaurants, 30 craft breweries, 20 bands, a teen cooking challenge, chef demos, family zone, wine garden and a vodka lounge.

Stroll the 25-acre Festival grounds and explore 11 themed zones jam packed with interactive experiences to taste, sip and celebrate the Arizona food culture. Access to all zone activity is included with general admission tickets, with the exception of the VIP zone and the Southwest Festival of Beers.

Culinary Festival 1The Southwest Festival of Beers features 200 specialty beers from local and national craft breweries, food from local restaurants and beer games. Tickets ($40) include admission to the Culinary Festival, a souvenir tasting mug and 20 beer samples.Culinary Festival 3

In the Culinary Experience Tent, education is the focus with mixology and chocolate making demos, meet the brewers panel and food photography and urban farming seminars. An Epicurean Expo features chef demos, student cooking challenges, wine seminars and the latest in kitchen and cooking gadgets. A new addition to Sunday’s lineup is the Challenge to the Chefs: Teen Edition, held in the Virginia Piper Theatre.

In addition to a Family Zone, where children will enjoy face painting, bouncy houses, carnival games, a magician and crafts, enjoy live entertainment on three stages and multiple opportunities to sample festival libations.

General admission tickets are $10; children age 12 and under are free. For more information, visit

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