SAVE THE DATE: Devour Week Highlights Culinary Excellence in Phoenix in 2020


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SAVE THE DATE: Devour Week Highlights Culinary Excellence in Phoenix in 2020

Phoenix, AZ (October 2, 2019) - The most anticipated culinary week of the season returns February 15 - 23, 2020. Devour Week is comprised of three signature events, Seven Chefs Dinner, Devour the World presented by the City of Peoria, and Devour Culinary Classic, all of which aim to elevate Arizona’s culinary and cocktail culture and spotlight the region as a world class destination for food and dining.

The premier event of Devour Week is the 11th Annual Devour Culinary Classic featuring Arizona’s best local chefs, finest wines, beers and spirits, taking place on February 22 - 23 at Desert Botanical Garden.

The Devour Culinary Classic seeks to bring attention to Arizona’s culinary scene through national prestige, with recognition as the Best Southwestern Culinary Festival, New York Times, as well as annual recognition from Phoenix Magazine, and Arizona Foothills Magazine.

Devour Culinary Classic 

  • Date: Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2020

  • Time: 10:00 AM - 3:30 PM (Media/VIP Hour: 10:00 - 11:30 AM)

  • Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

  • Tickets: Purchase General Admission and VIP Tickets Nov. 22

“One of the finest food festivals I've been to. The Garden venue is spectacular and spread out. The range of restaurants was impressive. All staff — restaurant and festival — are cheery and helpful. It all adds up to a lovely and delicious day.” ~ Scott Mowbray, James Beard Award-winning author who has been Editor in Chief of both Cooking Light and Eating Well magazines and 2019 Devour Culinary Classic Judge

Ticket Sales
The 2020 Devour Culinary Classic offers two different ticket packages. Cost of ticket package includes ticketing and processing fees. Packages are available for single-day 21+ attendance only; those interested in attending both Saturday and Sunday must purchase a ticket package for each day. 2020 ticket sales will open first to members of the coordinating organizations on November 8th and to the general public starting November 22th at:

Tasting Package - $105: 

The Tasting Package offers the essential experience allowing guests to sample and enjoy the best local restaurants and food while strolling Desert Botanical Garden.

  • One Day General Admission to Devour Culinary Classic

  • Access to Hensley/Quench Beverage Garden

  • Access to Hensley/Quench Wine Sales area, with an exclusive selection of wine and spirits available at discounted prices

  • Access to Chef Demos

  • Reusable Commemorative Wine Glass and Yolk

  • Live Music and Arts Experience throughout the Garden 

  • Lyft Discount

VIP Package - $205: 

The VIP Package is for those looking to have a truly exclusive experience with a private VIP Lounge with chefs and libations, and early entry to the event to stroll, meet the chefs before General Admission entry.

  • VIP early admission increased to 90 mins and reserved parking for one day to Devour Culinary Classic

  • The 2020 Devour VIP Dorrance Hall Lounge will feature an immersive experience of entertainment, and food exhibitions. Rub elbows with Devour special guests, celebrities, media and food judges throughout the day. 

  • Two Tickets for a return attendance to Desert Botanical Garden ($50 value).

  • Access to all participating chef and purveyor menu tastings and experiences

  • Access to all featured culinary demo, and education sessions

  • Live Music and Arts Experiences throughout the Garden

  • Reusable Wine Glass and Yoke

  • Lyft discount PLUS

“Beautiful venue, of course, and nice weather for walking around and eating and drinking. I think the combination of having so much space, with stands so spread out, and the comparatively limited number of people admitted added up to something of a rarity for events like this – a situation where there was almost never a wait of more than a few minutes to get something to eat.” ~ Colman Andrews, 2019 Devour Culinary Classic Judge, Eight-time James Beard Award-winning food writer and editor and co-founder of Saveur magazine.

Devour Week Events - February 15 - 23, 2020 

Devour the World presented by the City of Peoria 

Celebrate the international flavors of the Valley while enjoying cultural music and dance performances from around the world. Devour the World will move to Peoria in 2020 to make this unique cultural festival more accessible to West Valley residents.

Date: Saturday, February 15
Location: Centennial Plaza – Peoria City Hall Complex
9875 N. 85th Ave, Peoria AZ  85345

Seven Chefs Dinner

Enjoy a one-night-only dining event at award-winning restaurant The Gladly with top local chefs, who first cooked together at the prestigious James Beard House in New York City, and now get together annually to promote the Arizona cooking scene.

Date: Sunday, February 16, 2020
Location: The Gladly, 2201 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, AZ 

Devour Culinary Classic 

The 2020 Devour Culinary Classic presents the very best that Arizona’s culinary scene has to offer with even more opportunities to connect with Arizona’s local culinary culture. 

Date: Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23, 2020
Time: Media/VIP Hour: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM, General Admission 11:30 AM - 3:30 PM 
Location: Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008

A hundred percent of all proceeds from the Devour Culinary Classic benefit the community efforts of Local First Arizona, Desert Botanical Garden and the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA). 

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


About Devour Phoenix 

Started in 2009 by Kimber Lanning, Founder of Local First Arizona, Devour Phoenix is an initiative of Local First Arizona and rose up as a collaborative coalition of local chefs working to create a destination food and dining scene worthy of national prestige. The cornerstone of this coalition is Devour Week, a multi-event food and drink experience hosted annually in the Spring. Visit for more.

About Desert Botanical Garden

Discover the tranquil vibrancy of 50,000 desert plants nestled amid the red rocks of the Papago Buttes at Desert Botanical Garden. An Arizona icon celebrating 80 years in the Valley, the Garden has grown into a compelling attraction and desert conservation pioneer, offering worldly plants, vibrant trails, world-class exhibitions, festive events, fascinating classes and so much more. Visit for more.

About Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the Arts. SAACA strengthens the bonds between people, place and purpose through collaborative, arts-driven experiences. SAACA (formerly the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council) was created to develop cultivated programming that spotlights local creatives and celebrates unique culture, while providing direct opportunities for artists to make and sell their work. To date, SAACA has created over 200,000 arts-driven experiences, from innovative community festivals and cultural celebrations to creative sector development, and accessible arts enrichment programs. SAACA continues to grow in footprint and in impact while working to pursue the mission of strengthening the bonds between people, place and purpose. Visit for more. 

Megan Noonan