A message from the Nirvana team:
As we have continued to closely follow the recommendations of health and government officials, we are making the difficult yet appropriate decision to postpone Nirvana Food & Wine. Ultimately, there is nothing more important to our company than ensuring the health and safety of all who attend and we trust that you will agree with our decision to delay. We will be providing a total refund to anyone who had purchased tickets.
Should you have any questions, please reach out to us at 877.818.5620. We appreciate your understanding and wish you good health!
Nirvana Food & Wine
Welcome to Nirvana 2020
The Southwest’s premier food festival, Nirvana Food and Wine showcases national and international chefs, winemakers, spirit makers. Chef Beau MacMillan, the creative mastermind behind Nirvana Food and Wine, welcomes an all-star celebrity lineup in an unforgettable four-day culinary extravaganza. From ultra exclusive sit down dinners with some of the world’s best winemaker’s and chefs to uniquely themed events celebrating the hottest trends and culinary tastemakers, all set against Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain’s spectacular backdrop, Nirvana is every foodie’s dream.
Nirvana Food and Wine returns for its fourth year April 16-19, 2020, with another star-studded lineup. Mark your calendars and check back as we begin to announce this year’s events and participants. See you at Nirvana!
See what Forbes’ had to say about Nirvana Food in Wine in their article “Sniff and Swish at These Food and Wine Festivals”.
Wood, Wine & Wagyu
Presented by Far Niente
6-10pm Thursday, April 16
Hosted by Hosted by John Tesar, Jeff Jackson, Danny Grant, Drew Deckman, Paul Boehmer, Ryan Clark, & Beau MacMillan
Nirvana 2020 will kick off with this amazingly popular event! This is the ultimate wagyu experience, packed full of superstar chef talent from all over North America and will feature Snake River Farms American Wagyu beef cooked over open wood flames. Guests will have the ability connect with their favorite chefs in the open wood fire kitchens. Sanctuary’s Eddie ‘Aces’ Garcia will be crafting whisky based cocktails, guests will then be invited to sit down to an intimate family-style dinner with wines provided by Far Niente. Country music superstars D. Vincent Williams, Dillon Dixon and Joe Diffie will be providing the entertainment for the evening, this is the not to miss kick-off event for Nirvana Food & Wine.
Wines by Far Niente, Cocktails by Woodford Reserve and Surprise Musical guests.
Chefs & Winemaker: John Tesar (Top Chef), Beau MacMillan (elements), Danny Grant (Maple & Ash), Paul Boehmer (Boehmer Restaurant), Drew Deckman, Jeff Jackson, Ryan Clark (PY Steakhouse @ Casino Del Sol), Bruce Mooers (Far Niente Wines)
$350 per person plus tax
Flutes & Coops
Presented by Veuve Clicquot
7-10pm Friday, April 17
Mixologist Travis Garcia
A champagne campaign & fried chicken bash to beat the band, DJ Miss Mixx and Fosterson headline the entertainment so be sure to bring your dancin’ shoes. Seventeen of the valley’s best chefs will flex their culinary prowess when it comes to all things fried chicken. This indoor/ outdoor event will feature full bars and cocktails shaken by some of the Valley’s best mixologists. One chef will be crowned king of Flutes & Coops by popular vote, if you like fried chicken and fun then this is the Nirvana event for you.
Chefs & Mixologists: Travis Garcia (Hotel Valley Ho), Christopher Brugman (Harvest at Castle Hot Springs), Lance Whipple (Talavera), James Garron (Chicken & Farm Shop at Soho House Chicago), Lee Hillson (T. Cook’s at Royal Palms), Brian Lieske (Grayhawk Golf Club), Stephen Jones (the larder + the delta), Nick Gownaris (Fare Provisions), Dominic Zumpano (The Gallery), Travis Post (Plenty of Clouds), George Frasher (Frasher’s)
$150 per person plus tax
Nirvana Celebrity Golf Tournament
Presented by Chapman Automotive Group
9am Tee off Saturday, April 18
Mountain Shadows Golf Course
Nirvana’s Celebrity Golf Tournament provides the opportunity to play a round paired with all your favorite celebrity chefs, musicians, A-list actors, comedians and athletes. Past participants include Kurt Russell, Anthony Anderson, Rob Riggle and more! Mountain Shadows’ Short Course will be decked out Nirvana style with food and cocktail stations, interactive games for a round you will never forget!
$2,000 per foursome plus tax
Tequila & Tortillas
11am-2pm Saturday, April 18
Hotel Valley Ho
Host Aarón Sánchez & Russell LaCasce
Mixologist Keifer Gilbert
The party just got bigger with Celebrity Chef Aarón Sánchez (Master Chef), Hotel Valley Ho host Chef Russell LaCasce and craft cocktail extraordinaire Keifer Gilbert of Toca Madera teaming up to debut Tequila & Tortillas at its new space, Old Town’s legendary haunt the Hotel Valley Ho. Guests will have even more access to everything they love about this event- over seventeen local and nationally recognized chefs will be cooking up some of the best in southwestern fare, not to mention the Valley’s best craft cocktailers shaking tasty tequila based cocktails. But its’ not just about tequila, the event also features a full liquor bar. New this year will feature a team taco takedown relay, tequila luges as well as a Dia de Los Muertos theme ad costume contest with awesome prizes for the best dressed guest. Last but not least, Artist Gennaro Garcia will showcase a gallery of his latin culture inspired artwork.
Chefs & Mixologists: Aáron Sánchez (Master Chef), Keifer Gilbert (Toca Madera), Russell LaCasce (Hotel Valley Ho), Rich Hinjosa (CRUjiente Tacos), James Fox (Vecino), Nathan Larsen (Waft & Warped), Fidencio Alatriste (TACOCAT), Alex Olmos Axelson (Noi Cacaco), Heath Schecter (Hey Chef Health)
$125 per person plus tax
Best of the West
6:30-10pm Saturday, April 18
Host Scott Conant
Mixologist Tony About-Ganim
Double D and the Nashville All-Stars
Chef Scott Conant and renowned mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim. Best of the West isn’t just limited to the best of Phoenix and Scottsdale, it will also showcase chefs from Flagstaff, Tucson, Sedona and Prescott. Double D and the Nashville Allstars will close out this Saturday night event with a live concert. This not to miss event will feature over 20 high end wineries as well as 20 action stations featuring chefs cooking the finest cuisine and the best views from the heart of Camelback Mountain.
Chefs, Mixologists & Winemakers: Scott Conant (Mora Italian), Tony Abou-Ganim, Oscar Valles (Prado), Travis Strickland (Baltaire / Flint by Baltaire), Lisa Dahl (Dahl Restaurant Group), Bruce Mooers (Far Niente Wines), Tyson Kellez (Roka Akor), Todd Sicolo (Westward Look Wyndam Grand Resort & Spa), Dom Ruggiero (Hush Public House), Franck Desplechin (Cress on Oak Street), Dushyant Singh (Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails), Calib Schiff (Pizzicletta), Ron Dimas (Orange Sky)
GA – $175 per person plus tax
VIP – $250 per person plus tax
11am-2pm Sunday, April 19
Hosts Robert Irvine, Nikki & Brie Bella
Mixologist Jillian Vose
Nirvana’s Rosé Parté celebration is back where it all began, right here at the Sanctuary Resort. This boujee brunch soiree brings out all the best in rose wines, food, music and beauty. When you put together Food network Star Robert Irvine and E! Network Stars Brie and Nikki Bella, you know you’re in for a Rosé Parté! The Dead Rabbit’s Jillian Vose headlines the mixology this year, so put on your Sunday best and sip and savor the swirl to the sounds of DJ Miss Mixx. This is the real all you can eat and drink Sunday funday at Rosé Parté!
Chefs & Mixologist: Robert Irvine (Kitchen Impossible), Jillian Vose (The Dead Rabbit), Nikki & Brie Bella (WWE / Belle Radici / Birdie Bee), Tamara Stranger (Cotton & Copper), Tandy Peterson (Mowry & Cotton), Chris Mayo (Flint by Baltaire), Andrea Tucker (aBakershop), Jennifer Russo (The Market by Jennifer’s), Clarissa Robinson (Hotel Valley Ho), Jennifer Caraway (The Joy Bus), Gio Osso (Virtu Honest Craft), Michael John Coe (Wildflower Bread), Francois De Melogue (Foods in Season), Chris Nelson (Nelson Meat & Fish)
GA – $150 per person plus tax
VIP – $200 per person plus tax