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Annual PBS food fest moves to Hance Park

In its fourth year, the Check, Please! Arizona Festival benefitting Arizona PBS transforms the west end lawn of Margaret T. Hance Park (3rd Ave. and Culver St.) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

The festival presents foodies with a convergence of independent restaurants and Arizona culinary celebrities. More than 20 of Arizona’s independent local restaurants will be on hand, offering bite-sized samples, craft beer and wine tastings. In addition, a panelist stage hosts Arizona’s James Beard Award winners, along with two cooking demonstration stages: one showcasing some of the restaurants most recently featured on the award-winning “Check, Please Arizona” television show; the other featuring beloved “Check, Please! Arizona” show veterans and more.

General admission advance tickets are $59 from March 1 through March 19; tickets at the gate are $69. All tickets include food, wine and beer sampling as well as panel discussions, cooking demonstrations and guest lectures. Tickets are on sale at


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