October 24-30, 2011

Greater Phoenix offers a treasured heritage of family farms, local purveyors and long-standing festivals that make for lasting memories and enhanced culinary options throughout the Valley of the Sun. We remain committed and engaged in the vital and growing local food movement. With a savory spectrum of cuisine that ranges from signature Southwestern dishes to exotic international fare—plus weather that’s perfect for patio dining under the desert sky—Greater Phoenix has all the ingredients to leave diners feeling a warm, after-dinner glow. We intend to showcase our burgeoning farm-to-fork cuisine paired with local Arizona wines while you immerse yourself in Native American culture and experience the myriad diversity of activities that Greater Phoenix has to offer.

Phoenix, AZ skyline

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Activities intended for you to experience:

Downtown Phoenix is the place where creative people come to do extraordinary things. It is the commerce and cultural capital of Arizona, representing an urban hub of performing arts venues, unique restaurants, museums, educational opportunities and diverse residential options. Explore the Phoenix Public Market, which offers the best in Arizona agriculture and features Arizona Wines, adjacent to the Phoenix Farmer’s Market which takes place Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Experience responsible street vending while sampling innovative street food supplied by multiple gourmet food trucks utilizing local resources.

Barrio Cafe in downtown Phoenix

Barrio Cafe in downtown Phoenix

Who says things don’t grow in the desert? Visit several Valley farms including: Arizona’s only family-owned and operated working olive mill and farm; Agritopia, an integrated mixed use community made up of homes, urban agriculture, commercial enterprises as well as Joe’s Farm Grill featuring wholesome, fresh foods bursting with flavor; and The Farm at South Mountain, a truly urban farm located within 8 minutes of downtown Phoenix, and known as the ‘best picnic spot under a pecan tree.’

Culture Fest Phoenix Arizona

Culture Fest Phoenix Arizona

Discover Arizona Wines. The Verde Valley Wine Trail invites wine enthusiasts to experience a destination rich in history, beauty, and the production of exquisite wines. Enjoy an adventure on the Verde Valley Wine Trail offering a variety of skillfully crafted wines to satisfy any wine taster’s pallet.

Immerse yourself in Native American Culture. In a land of legends, where wild horses still roam free, indulge in a luxury resort experience at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa featuring Forbes Five-Star Award-winning restaurant Kai, the only Native American owned and operated Five-Star restaurant in the United States. In addition, visit the Heard Museum, one of the best places to experience the myriad cultures and art of Native Americans of the Southwest.

Evening View from Balcony

Evening View from Balcony

Unleash your passion for food. Experience culinary masterpieces created by James Beard award-winning/notable chefs.

Divulge your senses and shed away the pressures of life. Greater Phoenix offers an endless menu of both native and innovative spa treatments. Rejuvenating your mind, body and spirit is our specialty as you embark on your own spa experience.

Civic Space Park

Civic Space Park

Experience the history and charm of the Southwest. The Arizona Biltmore has been an Arizona landmark since opening in 1929, when it was crowned the “Jewel of the Desert.” The legendary Grand Dame remains one of the most recognized resorts in the world for its distinctive Frank Lloyd Wright architectural style, luxurious facilities, and storied history as a playground of the rich and famous.

Plus, many more activities…

Please note this is subject to change.

Air Allowance will be $200 per primary journalist to PHX. If you can fly Allegiant to Phoenix-Mesa Gateway (AZA), it will be totally comped. Here is a link to the cities Allegiant serves. We are happy to offer this service.


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