Your Complete Guide to the Valley’s Top Food Festivals in 2019



Street Eats Food Festival

February 16-17

We’re not sure if it’s the low prices, the seeming impossibility of cooking up delicious meals in something the size of a minivan or the delight of seeing your favorite food truck somewhere unexpected, but food trucks are one of our favorite ways to eat out. Fellow food truckers can enjoy one of the best weekends of the year at the Street Eats Food Festival which will have 55 food trucks offering $2 samples of nearly every kind of fare you can imagine.

Phoenix Vegan Food Festival

February 23-24

As veganism continues to gain popularity, there, of course, grew a need for an all plant-based food festival. This one brings together over 100 vegan-friendly vendors, thousands of attendees and dozens of entertainment experiences.

Devour Culinary Classic

February 23-24

The award-winning Devour Culinary Classic is celebrating ten years of foodie heaven with some of the Valley’s best chefs and bartenders. It’s one of the state’s most anticipated food events of the year and benefits Local First Arizona, Desert Botanical Garden and Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.

Burger Battle

March 22

Finding a perfect burger can be life-changing, and at Burger Battle, you’re sure to find a burger you can’t live without. The event includes unlimited burger tastings, fries, shakes as well as a drink card. Past winners include Aioli Gourmet Burger, Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill and Hopdoddy Burger Bar.

The Great American BBQ and Beer Festival

March 30

Few things go as well together as beer, barbecue and country music. This year’s ten-year anniversary festival will feature music on two stages, a petting zoo, carnival and lots of eating contents for the most dedicated barbecue lovers.

My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge

April 13

My Nana’s Best Tasting Salsa Challenge is a chips and salsa lover’s dream with dozens of salsas to sample — from classic to unexpected. Plus, there’s the margarita mix off, KidZone and live entertainment all benefiting the Arizona Hemophilia Association.

Scottsdale Culinary Festival

April 13-14

Scottsdale Culinary Festival is the nation’s longest-running food festival at 41 years. This year’s event will include a beer garden, vodka lounge, chocolate and wine sampling, food from 35 restaurants and a performance by chart-topping 80s’ group Berlin. Proceeds benefit Valley arts programs.

FRIED: French Fry and Music Festival

April 20

Phoenix’s very first French fry festival is already expecting nearly a dozen French fry vendors, with more to be announced. So far, attendees can look forward to gourmet fries from French Me LLC, Krazy Taters, Frites Street and The Dressing Room. As if that weren’t enough, the festival is also hosting some great music acts like Fairy Bones and Decker.

Taco Festival

October TBD

The Arizona Taco Festival is the festival that began the trend of specialty food festivals in the Valley, and it’s still one of the state’s best-attended festivals. During the two-day event, attendees enjoy $2 tacos from approximately 50 of the Valley’s top restaurants, as well as a chihuahua beauty pageant. Plus, on Saturday night there’s a tequila expo featuring 100 brands of the spirit.

Donut Festival

November TBD

It’s hard to deny that the donut is one of the premiere desserts of the world — it can be a breakfast, an after dinner treat or a late-night lifesaver, so we definitely can’t complain that this festival is returning to the Valley this fall. Last year’s lineup included dozens of donut spots as well as cold brew coffee, pizza and chicken.

Phoenix Pizza Festival

November TBD (likely the Saturday before Thanksgiving) 

Arizona’s first pizza-dedicated festival has been a sell-out hit since it’s first year. Last year’s festival had nearly 20 pizza restaurants serving up every variation you can imagine in addition to plenty of desserts, beer and wine.

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