2023 Arizona Indigenous Culinary Experience

The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) will present the Arizona Indigenous Culinary Experience on November 18, 2023, to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Native Arizona will take center stage at this culinary/cocktail-tasting event. In addition to traditional and contemporary Native cuisine, Native Arts will be showcased and live performances. Indigenous Chefs and Demonstrators will delight with curated tasting stations, demonstrations, and interactive conversations.


We are excited and honored to announce the Indigenous Chefs and Food Way Demonstrators for our 2023 Indigenous Culinary Experience. We thank Bleu Adams, Chef and Director of IndieHub, who is curating and working with our chef line-up this year. 

We welcome Chef Denella Belin representing the Dine and Tohono O’odham Nations, Chef Renetto-Mario Etsitty of the Navajo Nation, James Beard Nominee Chef Jaren Bates Dine, Chef Roxanne Wilson of Emerson Frybread, Pastry Chef Reina Cruz with Spirit Mountain Coffee, the Hualapai Community, and Native Health Arizona. In addition, we welcome back Fashion Designer Joan Miles-Long R.R. Raid with her models and a new collection on sustainable Native Fashion. Furthermore, we are honored to have Laney Lupe, Miss Indian Arizona, 2023-24, Natiana King, 1st Attendant to MIA and Tonana Ben 2nd Attendant to MIA will all be attending the Arizona Indigenous Culinary Experience.

In addition to the Chef element this year, we will be introducing through this event Indigenous Agrotourism businesses within the Arizona Tribes. Indigenous agro-tourism offers a sustainable way to combine agriculture and indigenous culture, allowing visitors to learn, explore, and support indigenous communities economically. 

The event will be held at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of The West and will bring together many Arizona Native communities with traditional and contemporary elements that highlight and celebrate the beauty and essential contributions of Arizona’s Native Peoples.

Saturday, November 18 | 6 – 9 P.M.

Foodies, culture enthusiasts, and Arizona lovers won’t want to miss this chance to explore the tastes, sights, and sounds of Native Arizona.

Tickets are $40.00 and $70.00

Programs and times are subject to change.

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