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Check, Please! Arizona Festival
Sunday, March 20th, 2016, 11:00am - 3:00pm
Margaret T. Hance Park, downtown Phoenix

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Don't miss the 4th annual Check, Please! Arizona Festival!  Sample chefs' signature dishes and discover restaurants from some of your favorite episodes of Check, Please! Arizona. Enjoy the cuisine of independently owned restaurants featured on the show along with wine and beer pairings from participating wineries and breweries as well as cooking demonstrations and panel discussions with top Arizona chefs. All festival events, food and wine/beer samplings are included in the ticket price.

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Come see our celebrity chefs!

Chef Robert McGrath

Robert McGrath

Chef Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich

Chef Barbara Pool Fenzl

Barbara Pool Fenzl

Exciting new things are on the way for the 2016 Check, Please! Arizona Festival! Arizona PBS is pleased to welcome the star of the popular series Lidia’s Kitchen, Lidia Bastianich, and Savor the Southwest host Barbara Pool Fenzl – alongside our very own Emmy Award-winning host of Check, Please! Arizona, James Beard Award winner Chef Robert McGrath.

While you’re at the festival, make sure to check out the Inspired by Lidia Booth sponsored by MATCH Cuisine & Cocktails.

And special guest!

David Manilow

David Manilow

Original Check, Please! creator and developer of Check, Please! programs nationwide, David Manilow. David will join our “Check, Please! Confidential” panel discussion, sharing his stories from behind the scenes of developing Check, Please! programs across the U.S.

New Location! Margaret T. Hance Park

We are also in a new location this year, which will allow us more space to expand the experience! Margaret T. Hance Park, also known as the Central Deck Park connecting downtown and midtown Phoenix neighborhoods, is the green space running east-west between Culver Street and Portland Streets from 3rd Street to 7th Avenue. This event will take place on the "neighborhood side” of the park, located on the west side between 3rd Avenue and Central Avenue (67 West Culver).

Plus, just as in years past, you’ll have a chance to audition for the show at the event!

We look forward to greeting you there!

Margaret T. Hance Park, downtown Phoenix (map & directions)

Margaret T. Hance Park is also easily accessible via Valley Metro Light Rail from either the Roosevelt or the McDowell stop – an easy way to go green on your way to the festival, and a great option if you’re planning to enjoy beer and wine sampling at the event.

This map highlights some parking options for the festival. Street parking and light rail are also great alternatives!


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Purchase date:


Early Bird General Admission 1/15/16 to 2/29/16


Advance General Admission 3/1/16 to 3/19/16


General Admission at the gate


Participating restaurants at Check, Please! Arizona Festival for 2016 include:

Event Schedule

Cooking demonstrations:

Stage 1


11:30 AM

Chef Barbara Pool Fenzl

12:30 PM

Chef Eddie Matney from Eddie’s House

1:30 PM

Chef Lester Gonzalez from Cowboy Ciao

Cooking demonstrations:

Stage 2


12:00 PM

Chef Jeremy Pacheco from Lon’s at the Hermosa Inn

1:00 PM

Chef Gio Osso from Virtu Honest Craft

2:00 PM

Chef Adrian DeLeon from Tarbell's

More details coming soon, including our lineup of panel discussions!

Win a chance to meet Lidia Bastianich!

If you had the chance for a meet and greet with public television celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich, what would you ask her? One lucky winner following us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram will win a chance to ask her their question, along with a pair of free tickets to the festival, plus you and your guest will each receive a copy of Lidia’s book “Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine.”

Click here for complete contest details.

2016 People’s Choice Award

New this year, you’ll have an opportunity to vote for your favorite dish of the festival in our new People's Choice Award competition on social media – using the official event hashtag #CheckPleaseAZFest.

Voting is easy:

  • Snap a picture of your favorite dish at the festival
  • Post it to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
  • Tag the restaurant (or just type the restaurant name)
  • – and be sure to use the hashtag #CheckPleaseAZFest!

If your restaurant wins you may be selected for a free dinner for two!

Click here for complete contest details.

Festival Sponsors

Check, Please! Arizona Festival would like to honor the generosity of the following sponsors:

R-Entertainment Southern Wine Goose Island Red-Bird-Farms Monark SubZero-Wolfe Portland On The Park
Mercedes-Benz of Scottsdale

Series Sponsors

Check, Please! Arizona Festival would like to honor the generosity of the following sponsors:

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