The 2018 Devour Culinary Classic is Sold Out

Erica Fetherston, Local First Arizona:, 602-956-0909 ext. 7
Dana Terrazas, Desert Botanical Garden:, 480.481.8101
Gretchen Harper, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance:, 520-797-3959

The 2018 Devour Culinary Classic is Sold Out

Limited quantities of tickets for three Devour Week events are still available

Phoenix, AZ (January 3, 2018) - Tickets for the highly anticipated Devour Culinary Classic have sold out. Tickets went on sale to the public on November 13, 2017, and all packages were sold out on December 22, 2017.

Tickets are also still available for the three Devour Week events leading up to the Devour Culinary Classic: Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition (February 25, 2018), Seven Chefs Dinner (February 28, 2018), and Devour the World (March 1, 2018).

Those interested in purchasing tickets for any of the Devour Week events can visit

The Devour Culinary Classic brings together the culinary and beverage leaders who are establishing Arizona as a sought-after destination. An annually award-winning event, the Devour Culinary Classic has been named Best Southwestern Culinary Festival by the New York Times, Best Food Festival by Phoenix Magazine, Best Culinary Festival from the Phoenix New Times, and Best Food Event from azcentral. A continuously updated list of confirmed talent for the Devour Culinary Classic can be viewed at

Devour Week Events

As in years past, the Devour Culinary Classic will host a series of pre-events ahead of the main event to extend the culinary celebration all week long. Event details subject to change, and other events may be added at a later date.

  • Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition: Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Desoto Central Market - Kick off Devour Week and celebrate the best of local cocktail culture at the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition. Attendees can root for their favorite bartenders from the Devour Phoenix Coalition of restaurants as they sip on their competition creations. Facing a celebrity lineup of judges and armed with a selection of Arizona’s best locally distilled spirits, local bartenders will be up on stage shaking it up to take the title as Arizona's Star Bartender. Tickets are $40 per person and include cocktail samples from participating bars and restaurants.

  • Seven Chefs Dinner: Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Singh Farms - Join the James Beard hosted "Arizona Seven" for a one-night-only dining event. Enjoy a farm-fresh feast paired with fine Arizona wines and served by some of Arizona's top chefs. Tickets are $160 and include a multi-course dinner paired with wines, tax, and gratuity.

  • Devour the World: Thursday, Mar. 1, 2018, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Japanese Friendship Garden - East meets west, north, and south with this new Devour Week event that celebrates the international flavors of Phoenix. Unwind in the serene Japanese Friendship Garden as you taste the multicultural cuisines from the regions of your favorite countries. Chefs and restaurant lineup to be announced soon. The event is brought to you in partnership with Phoenix Magazine, Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, and Local First Arizona. Tickets are $40 and include samples from participating restaurants.

Official event hashtag: #DevourPhoenix. Follow @DevourPhoenix on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for updates.

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Devour Culinary Classic
Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition
Seven Chefs Dinner
Devour the World

About Local First Arizona

Founded in 2003 by Director Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona (LFA) is a statewide non-profit organization working to strengthen communities and local economies through growing, supporting, and celebrating locally owned businesses throughout the state of Arizona. LFA seeks to promote, support, and celebrate a vibrant and sustainable Arizona economy by educating consumers, stakeholders, business leaders, and policymakers about local business ownership, social equity, cultural diversity, environmental kinship, and collaboration. Visit for more information and a directory of more than 3,000 locally owned businesses.

About Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Southwest, featuring 50,000 plants from across the world. The Garden allows visitors to experience the beauty of the desert like never before. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with an emphasis on the Southwestern United States. Visit for more.

About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance

The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events, and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages. Visit for more.