Foodies rejoice! The Scottsdale Culinary Festival will celebrate its 35th anniversary this year, April 9-14. With 100 participating restaurants, 20 wineries, 10 events and more than 40,000 visitors, the longest-running festival of its kind in the United States  has become a community favorite — and for good reason! The six-day celebration features everything from lavish dinners with top chefs and live music, to beer, wine and spirit tastings, and even a fashion show!

The festival’s signature event, the Great Arizona Picnic, showcases samples from more than 50 of the Valley’s top restaurants, cooking demonstrations and live bands on two stages. The Picnic will take place next weekend, April 13-14, and is conveniently located just minutes away from The Phoenician at the Scottsdale Civic center. Additional events include the Best of the Fest, Burger Battle and the Chocolate & Wine Experience. To view the full list of scheduled events and to purchase tickets, go to

This year, Il Terrazzo at The Phoenician will join the list of premier Valley restaurants participating in the festival’s Chef Wine Dinner Series. Chef Frank Belosic and Chef Brian Cooper will be creating a delectable four-course dinner paired with vintage wines for attendees to enjoy.

Executive Pastry Chef Roy Pell will also be participating in this year’s culinary festivities as a top-chef judge at The Ultimate Cake Decorating Competition. Cakes will be judged on originality, creativity, artistic value, difficulty of execution, overall appearance and interpretation of the “international culture” theme.

Best of all, festival attendees will be indulging for a great cause. As the primary fundraiser for the Scottsdale League for the Arts, all proceeds are donated to various non-profit art organizations throughout the state. The League has donated more than $3.5 million in the last 10 years alone.

If you love delicious food, luscious libations and live entertainment, then this event for you — just be sure to bring your appetite!