Welcome to 2018 Devour Week of events! We look forward to celebrating Arizona's cuisine with you! A few things before you arrive:
- All festival events are ticketed, with access to the space exclusive to paying guests.
- For your safety and others, please do not drink and drive. Safe Ride Sponsor Lyft will be onsite at all events and has provided a discount code for all paying guests so you can taste responsibly. We also encourage you to use public transportation and to take advantage of our hotel partners.
We appreciate your help in ensuring that all Devour Week attendees have a safe and enjoyable time!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When do tickets go on sale for the Devour Culinary Classic 2018?
A: For members of Desert Botanical Garden, SAACA, or a Localist with Local First Arizona: November 1, 2017 For the general public: November 13, 2017
Q: How do I get “Early Bird” ticket access (between Nov. 1 and Nov. 13)?
A: Become a member of Desert Botanical Garden, SAACA or Localist with Local First Arizona if you are not already. Once you are a member, you will receive instructions either via your registered email or via a mailed postcard with a unique link or code from your respective member organization.
Q: DO i need to be a member of all three organizations to qualify for early access to Devour Culinary Classic tickets?
A: No, you only need to be a member of one of the organizations but your membership must be current at time of purchase.
Q: if i am a member of any of the three organizations, is there a discount for the Devour culinary Classic?
A: There will be no discounts available, however, members of Desert Botanical Garden, SAACA or a Localist with Local First Arizona will get the first chance to buy their tickets before they are available to the public.
Q: Is there a limit on how many tickets I can purchase for the devour culinary classic?
A: There is a (6) ticket maximum when purchasing.
Q: Does my Devour Culinary Classic package ticket include both days of the event?
A: No, each package ticket is only valid for the date that you choose. To attend both days, you will need to purchase a separate ticket for each date.
Q: Do I get a discount for purchasing both days’ tickets?
A: No, each ticket must be purchased at full price.
Q: How much are Devour culinary Classic tickets?
A: There are three different levels of tickets available. Each admits one guest for the day chosen. More details on package “perks” and descriptions can be found here.
- “The Tasting Package” - $105 : This package can be likened to our General Admission ticket offered in previous years.
- “The Connoisseur Package” - $155: New this year, this package is for the person who has appreciated the General Admission in previous years and/or would like to experience a little more with the new space and event features.
- “VIP Package” - $205: This package is for those wanting the most exclusive experience, with access to new event features.
Q: Is there a difference between A Saturday and Sunday Devour Culinary Classic ticket?
A: Each day has a different selection of restaurants and chefs in participation, regardless of package purchased. Those interested in choosing their day of attendance based on their favorite lineup of restaurants or favorite chef should visit our Talent page and click Saturday or Sunday.
Q: Does my Devour Culinary Classic ticket include access to the Desert Botanical Garden day of the event?
A: Yes, your ticket provides admission into the Desert Botanical Garden and the ability to access all Garden trails. The butterfly exhibit will be closed.
Q: Do I have to purchase a ticket if I don’t partake in the samples?
A: Yes, access to the event is exclusive to guests whom purchase tickets.
Q: What organizations does the Devour Culinary Classic support?
A: 100% of the net proceeds benefit three community organizations: Desert Botanical Garden, Local First Arizona and the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance.
Q: Are Devour Culinary Classic tickets tax deductible?
A: The tax deductible amount of your ticket purchase is limited to the excess of the amount contributed over the fair market value of the ticket less any associated taxes and fees paid. You should work with your tax professional to determine the tax deductible amount (if any).
Q: Will food and beverage be available for purchase AT THE DEVOUR CULINARY CLASSIC?
A: The only place where food/drinks will be available for additional purchase is at the Hensley/Quench Wine Sale, where all guests may opt to purchase from an exclusive selection of wine and spirits available at discounted prices. Otherwise, all food and drink (50+ restaurants, food artisans, and beverage vendors each day) for the event is included in the ticket price.
Q: What items are prohibited from the events?
A: Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: outside food and beverages, drugs, weapons, backpacks, large bags and suitcases.
Q: Will there be food to fit my dietary restrictions at devour week events?
A: We cannot guarantee that participating chefs, restaurants, or bartenders will prepare dishes without common allergens, including nuts, dairy, gluten, etc. Additionally, not all events will have vegetarian options available. It’s important to always ask whether or not certain allergens or food items are in the dishes you are going to consume.
Q: Is there a dress code?
A: As a general guideline, we suggest “smart casual” attire for our daytime events in the Desert Botanical Garden. The Garden has uneven terrain, with long walking trails, please wear comfortable shoes. Hats, sunscreen and water is suggested.
q: Will pets or service animals be permitted into Devour Week events?
A: Service dogs with appropriate vest and/or tag are permitted. Pets are not otherwise permitted inside of the Desert Botanical Garden.
Q: What happens in the case of bad weather?
A: The Devour Culinary Classic is an outdoor event, and will happen rain or shine! All tickets are non-refundable.
Q: Will the Garden be open to the public during the Devour Culinary Classic?
A: No, the Garden will be closed to the public all day on March 3 & 4.
Q: Will Gertrude’s/Garden Shop be open?
A: No. Both Gertrude’s and the Garden Shop will be closed over March 3 & 4, 2018.
Q: Why has the Devour Culinary Classic moved from the Phoenix Art Museum?
A: After planning the 2017 Devour Culinary Classic, it became apparent that a new venue was needed to accommodate the growth and popularity of the event. Read more about the move here.
Q: I have a restaurant, artisan food business, or beverage company and would like to participate in the Devour Culinary Classic. How can I do so?
A: All interested participants must apply to participate at the Devour Culinary Classic. The application with more information and due dates can be found here. Please note that Devour is an invitational event and simply applying does not mean you will be accepted. Space is limited. If you are not a restaurant, artisan food business, or beverage company and/or would like a larger role within this event, please refer to our Sponsors page.
Q: I am a bartender and would like to compete in the Devour Phoenix Bartending Competition. How do I enter?
A: The Bartending Competition is open to Devour Phoenix Restaurant Coalition members and affiliate restaurants only.
Q: Are children permitted to attend events?
A: Due to all events being open-sampling and for the safety of all involved, no one under the age of 21 is permitted to attend festival events.
Q: I'm a ticket holder of a Devour Week event, but can't find my Lyft discount code. How do I retrieve this?
A: Your Lyft code will be on your ticket confirmation email. If you do not receive it, please email us.
Q: I work in media and would like to request a press badge for Devour Week. How do I apply?
A: For all media inquiries, please see our media participation criteria and press pages to apply.