Photos courtesy of Local First Arizona

One of the most eagerly awaited tasting events of the year is the 15th annual Devour Culinary Classic, which is set to tantalize taste buds on February 24 and 25. Hosted by Local First Arizona, the Desert Botanical Garden, and the Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance, this festival will feature an array of Arizona’s most creative chefs, sommeliers, cicerones, and purveyors.

Taking place at the scenic Desert Botanical Garden, located at 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., in Phoenix, the event promises to be a feast for the senses. More than 70 food and beverage businesses will participate, including over 25 sought-after restaurateurs each day, showcasing the best of Arizona’s culinary scene.

The Devour Culinary Classic is a display of Arizona’s rich and diverse culinary culture. As Kimber Lanning, CEO and founder of Local First Arizona, says, “Arizona is abundant with incredible culinary talent and rich, unique flavors. No other event shines a spotlight on so many of our state’s best chefs in a more gorgeous setting with art and live music than Devour Culinary Classic. This festival will delight your palate and captivate your senses.”

Attendees can look forward to indulging in offerings from renowned restaurants such as Aioli Gourmet Burger, Café Lalibela, Roka Akor, Talavera at the Four Seasons Resort, and many others, along with 20-plus artisan purveyors. The event is recognized nationally, having been dubbed the Best Southwestern Culinary Festival by the “New York Times,” and featured regularly in local and national publications.

The festival offers two types of tickets: Early Entry Tickets at $225 per day, which include 90 minutes of early access, exclusive wine and spirit selections, live music, arts, a reusable commemorative wine glass and yoke, priority parking, and two tickets for a return visit to the Desert Botanical Garden; and General Admission Tickets at $150 per day, including general admission, access to exclusive wine and spirits, live music, arts, and a commemorative wine glass and yoke.

Given that last year’s tickets sold out in three weeks, early purchase is advised. Attendees must be 21 years or older to purchase tickets. For more information, visit