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5 Food and Drink Festivals to Attend in April 2018

Eat, drink and be merry!

Taste buds are tempted at the many culinary and drink festivals around the Valley this month. Food samples, local and celebrity chef events and unique pours are just some of the draws. Kick off the fun at the Chandler Crafts Spirits Festival on April 14. Held at Dr. AJ Chandler Park in Downtown Chandler, this 21+ festival (children under 12 admitted with a parent) features 150 cocktails from local and boutique distilleries, a kornhole tournament, games, live music, cocktail education, food, wine and craft beer. 

Scottsdale Culinary Festival
Scottsdale Culinary Festival. (Courtesy Scottsdale Culinary Festival)

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

This renowned culinary festival celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018. The Cocktail Society, on April 13, leads to the headlining culinary extravaganza, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival April 14-15 at Scottsdale Civic Center Mall, and the Best of the Fest on April 15 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. Tastes from local restaurants, cooking demos, family activities, live music and more. 

Nirvana Food & Wine Festival
Nirvana Food & Wine Festival. (Courtesy Nirvana Food & Wine Festival)

Nirvana Food & Wine Festival

This festival bring local and international culinary and mixology headliners to Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa for a four-day festival of tastings
April 19-22, themed parties, fine dining and other events. See star chef/television personalities Beau MacMillan, Todd English, Chuck Hughes, Stephanie Izard and Scott Conant; master mixologists Jason Asher and Maxton Kennedy; and more at events ranging from Flutes and Coops and Best of the West to the Celebrity Golf Tournament. 

Great Southwest Cajun Fest

Celebrate the tastes of New Orleans April 21 with a crawfish boil, jambalaya, fried gator, hush puppies and more, plus eating contests, a kids’ zone, live entertainment and Southern-style cocktails. This festival at Dr. AJ Chandler Park in Downtown Chandler.

The Original Taste

More than 40 of the Valley’s best restaurants gather for this 21+ food and beverage celebration at the Scottsdale Waterfront April 28. Plus, wines from around the world, select brands of beer and premium spirits, and entertainment. 

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival
AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival. (Courtesy AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival)

AmeriCAN Canned Craft Beer Festival

Find more than 250 canned craft beers from more than 100 breweries at Margaret T. Hance Park on April 28. Other festival activities include live music, food trucks, a beer science garden, canning seminars, beer Olympic games and a rare beer garden.