When you hear the word “Nirvana” do you think of 90’s grunge metal? Well, the Nirvana that I’m sharing with you today is pretty much the exact opposite so if you’re into greasy hair and flannel shirts just stop reading now. On the other hand, if you’re in to a culinary heaven with four days of food-related fun whipped up by world-acclaimed chefs, mixologists, and California winemakers then keep on reading.
Converging on Camelback Mountain April 19-22 Sanctuary resort will be home to Nirvana Food and Wine Festival, the most lavish and grandiose foodie event in Scottsdale. On the bill this year: more tastings, themed parties, fine dining and opportunities to get up close and personal with international celebrities from culinary world including Sanctuary’s very own Beau MacMillan and his foodie friends Todd English and Aarón Sánchez to name drop a few. I can speak from personal experience, Nirvana is not to be missed and tickets will sell out quick so I’m rounding up a few of my favorite events below.
Flutes & Coops
Fried chicken and Champagne prove to be an inspired pairing as an all-star line-up of local chefs put their own spin on the southern specialty, complete with side dishes, fine bubbly and live music thanks to American country singer/songwriter D. Vincent Williams & the Nashville Allstars.
Bourbon Street Blues
Nirvana will kick off with a grand New Orleans-style festival, complete with a dazzling array of food and drinks. Live jazz will set a Mardi Gras mood featuring the Valley’s top mixologists. Guest are encouraged to dress in their best masquerade attire.
Rosé Parté–Hosted by chef Todd English
A refreshing alternative for those who prefer pink to golf course green, this new-to-Nirvana event will pair fine bites with fashionable rosé against a backdrop of spectacular desert views.
Best of the West
Nirvana’s closing night will bring together the best chefs in the West for a grand finale-worthy walk-around tasting that will take guests to indoor and outdoor settings throughout the resort.
Tequila & Tortillas
Because it’s always five o’clock somewhere, Nirvana’s Southwestern-style show-stopping farewell brunch promises tequila, tequila and more tequila. Festival-goers can shake off the sleep with palate-wakening Mexican specialties and live music to celebrate their final morning in paradise.
Master of Taste Dinners
The Master of Taste dinners are intimate culinary experiences pairing top chefs from the Scottsdale area and California’s Sonoma County with a notable winemaker. These very special events will be hosted at one of Sanctuary’s most luxurious private estate homes offering dinner attendees a spectacular view of the valley.
If gourmet food, themed parties, or superb people watching isn’t your thing, there’s always golf!
Celebrity Golf Tournament
Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m.
Golf enthusiasts can tee off their day on Mountain Shadows, one of Phoenix’s premiere courses, with Nirvana’s fun-filled celebrity tournament. Each foursome will be paired with a renowned, star mixologist or notable sports figure, with plenty of food, beer, wine and spirits on hand to fuel an unforgettable round.
Tickets to Nirvana are available at www.NirvanaFoodandWine.com. In addition to individual tickets, there are two value packages available: the Nirvana Passport and the Fiji Tastemaker so be sure to check out the savings that go along with both of those.
Those interested in turning their festival experience into a luxurious culinary getaway can book one of two Nirvana Packages to spend the weekend at Sanctuary, one of the most celebrated resorts in the U.S., Book online at https://www.sanctuaryoncamelback.com/nirvana-food-wine-getaway/ or call 844-871-6042 and be sure to mention Nirvana!