West of Western Festival…

westofwesternHappy birthday, to me!

I just bought tickets to next weekend’s West of Western culinary festival. Sort of my own birthday present to myself. I mean, what could be a better present for a foodie than a ticket to a food and wine festival?

We’re really blessed with a variety of food festivals. There’s the grand dame (Scottsdale Culinary Festival coming in April — it’s 31st year), the baby (Eats3, the second event is scheduled for October 22-24), and this 5th annual West of Western. All of them add up to a foodie fantasy bar none.

Next weekend, the West of Western returns to the Phoenix Art Museum for the second year, a much better venue than the grounds at the Arizona Center where the festival began.

In addition to top toque talent setting up booths and handing out generous samples of their fare, the festival has some chef demos and classes lined up that will give you a chance to digest your food a bit before tent hopping again.

I want to mention a handful of these demos and seminars — all of them celebrate the diversity of our desert foods.

Pamela Hamilton, publisher of Edible Phoenix will dish on ancient chocolate elixirs,  Andy Broder will make magic with mole, Candy Lesher will present packets of pleasure – green corn tamales, and Barbara Fenzl will handle hot and not, chiles. Click here to see more about these and other classes during the two day festival.

Last year, I attended both days, following Chef Jack Strong from Kai around on Sunday for an Edible Phoenix article. This year, I’m looking forward to just being a guest. Hope to see you there.

5 replies
  1. Sharon
    Sharon says:

    Gwen,
    Just reading about your spicy foods and outdoor festivals warms my (East Coast winter-weary) spirits!
    Your blog is really fun. I would not go West without it!
    Sharon

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