April 20, 2009

The Scottsdale Culinary Festival


This past Saturday, my girlfriend and I went to the Scottsdale Culinary Festival by accident. We saw that there was a Robert Mondavi wine tasting event in town so we decided to go check it out. Little did we know, the event was part of a MUCH bigger event. The festival had all sorts of booze, beer, and food plus a few awesome cover bands playing.

Here’s a few of the things we managed to check out while we were there.

Robert Mondavi Wine Tasting Festival

For the past few months, I have been getting more and more into wine. I really enjoy drinking it and I’m learning more and more as time goes on (thanks Gary V!). Anyways, the wine tasting event was pretty cool.

For 3 bucks, we got a tiny little tasting glass and 4 vouchers to try different ones. Of course, the lines were super long so we opted to go for two doubles instead of trying 4 different wines. I must say I was really happy with the wine. I’ve had Mondavi wines before but not the ones I tried at the event. I ended up really liking the Meritage wine, which was a mix of some red wines.

I must say, it was a cool event and I hope to go to more wine tasting events in the future.

Patron Margaritaville

Besides wine tasting, we also checked out the Patron Margaritaville. For 7 tickets (7 bucks), we drank a ultimate margarita which consisted of Patron tequila and Patron orange liquor. I must say, they were damn good. Worth 7 bucks? Ehh not so much. But hey, the whole point of the festival was to try new things.

They also had Bud Light Lime which I actually like, unlike every other shitty light beer made here in America. My girlfriend tried it out with a salted glass and it makes the beer go down super smooth. It’s sort of like the poor man’s Corona Light.

The ony thing I didn’t like was the fact you had to pay 5 bucks a person just to get into the Patron event. This is on top of the 10 bucks a person it was to get into the main event.

The Food

There were dozens of food booths open at the event that were serving everything from pork to sushi. They even had booths that sold nothing but cupcakes (I stayed away). It was a great place to try food from different restaurants here in the Valley for less than it would cost to actually go to them. I ended up trying one piece of pizza from an awesome pizzeria.

Cover Bands

The best part of all was the cover bands that were playing all day. Especially that last band that played Saturday night. I got a kick out of watching drunk people dance and make fools of themselves. It’s always nice to be the spectator once in awhile instead of the main event. Here is a video of the band:

As you can see, there were tons of people at the event. I was really surprised at how big it was since I had never heard of it until we went there. I’m glad we managed to check it out since we only have a few weekends left in Arizona before it’s time to make the move.

5 thoughts on “The Scottsdale Culinary Festival

  1. Brian G.

    Hey Justin 🙂

    I have become a Daily reader of The Life of Justin. Even if there isn’t a new post, I still find it easy to kill time and read up on your older stuff (I’m particular to the way you write your stories out… especially all the cubicle life stories! ha!)

    Glad you and the lady got to get out and experience some new things, and taste some wine! I my self fell in love with wine while stationed in germany. If you can, try to get a hold of a good imported bottle of Eiswein. Its a verrrrryyyyy good sweet white wine that is made in germany when the grapes have the last frost of the season on them, they are picked and crushed, with the frost still on them!

    oohhh sooooooooo good!

    1. Justin Wright Post author

      Hey Brian, thanks for checking out my blog and leaving some feedback. It’s always nice to hear from a fellow reader. I’m glad your liking some of my posts (I must admit the cubicle ones are still my favorites).

      I’ll have to give that wine a shot if I can find some. I always like trying new ones.

  2. Sidney

    Sounds like you had a great time! Besides, how could you possibly go wrong with wine, good food and Scottsdale sunshine?! You mentioned that you’re really getting into wine. We’d be happy to help you store it as your collection grows!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *