Top 5 Favorite Events at the 2013 Scottsdale Culinary Festival

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Over 100 restaurants, dozens of chefs, 20 events, countless wine and spirit selections, and 35,000 hungry guests? It must be the Scottsdale Culinary Festival.

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Celebrating its 35th anniversary, the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, the longest running festival of its type, happens Tuesday, April 9, through Sunday, April 14 at various locations around the Valley. And with so much going on -- from luxurious dinners, themed cocktail parties, chef demonstrations, and tasting venues -- getting the most bang for your festival buck can feel a bit overwhelming.

Here's five of our favorite events to help guide the way. We'll be there. Will you?

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Burger Battle
6:30 - 9:30 p.m., Thursday, April 11
Scottsdale Stadium, 7408 East Osborn Road, Scottsdale
Cost: $55 per person

Burger fans can take a bite of 16 burgers from 16 chefs and restaurants (think Cold Beers & Cheeseburgers, Culinary Dropout, Lenny's Burger, RnR, and Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar) and vote on their favorite for the People's Choice Award (there's a Judges Award as well). Plus, your Burger Battle tickets include Leinenkugel's beer, soft drinks, fries, dessert, and live music -- all in the friendly confines of Scottsdale Stadium.

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Chocolate and Wine Experience
7 - 10 p.m., Wednesday, April 10
Talking Stick Resort, 9800 East Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
Cost: $50 per person

You and your sweet tooth will appreciate this event, where the Valley's top chocolatiers expertly pair their creations with wines from around the world. Look for B Naked Chocolates, Cowboy Ciao, Epicurean Foods, Sassi, and Tracy Dempsey Originals to be among the participants.


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