News, Press Release

March 20, 2020

April 2020 Culinary Festival Postponed

Scottsdale Culinary Festival was slated to celebrate its 42nd year on Saturday, April 18, as the longest continually running event of its kind in the country. With the challenges posed by COVID-19, Scottsdale League for the Arts, Scottsdale Arts, and R Entertainment are announcing this event is now postponed. The refund policy will be sent directly to original ticket buyers within 10 business days.

At this time, we encourage loyal patrons to support the restaurant community by ordering takeout and gift cards. Meanwhile, our thoughts are with those challenged by the virus and the medical professionals and first responders at the forefront.


Formed in 1978, the Scottsdale League for the Arts has presented the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, the longest-running festival of its type in the nation. The 501(c)(3), nonprofit, volunteer organization supports local arts programs through culinary fundraising events. In 2018, grant recipients included Ballet Arizona, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Free Arts for Abused Children, Phoenix Theatre, Southwest Shakespeare Company and Valley Youth Theater. The League has donated more than $4.5 million to the arts since 2000.


Through its dynamic partnership with the city of Scottsdale, the nonprofit Scottsdale Arts (formerly known as Scottsdale Cultural Council) creates diverse, inspired arts experiences and educational and outreach opportunities for the community, while fostering active engagement of individuals, businesses, education and government with the arts. Since its founding in 1987, Scottsdale Arts has grown into a regionally and nationally significant, multi-disciplinary arts organization offering an exceptional variety of programs through four acclaimed branches — Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation — serving more than 600,000 participants annually. In conjunction with the city of Scottsdale, we also host more than 200,000 people annually on our campus through a robust rentals program.


R Entertainment is an experiential marketing, content and business development company, producing 200 dates a year, such as the USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience, The Taco Festival with Comcast Spectacor, Kentucky Derby Fillies & Lilies Party, Super Bowl events, PGA Waste Management Phoenix Open, Arizona Diamondbacks Evening on the Diamond, Shea Homes® Good Life Festival™, and others. R Entertainment also books concert entertainment nationwide. Visit


Cynthia Dunne 602.570.7828

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Emma Russell 208.949.4080

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