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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