Devour the World will kick off Devour Week 2020 and make its debut in Peoria, Arizona, on Feb. 15, 2020, for the first time to showcase international flavors, music, dance, cultural performances from around the globe in the West Valley. 

A collaborative event, Devour the World is presented in partnership with the City of Peoria, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and Local First Arizona.  

“From flavors that can only be found on the islands of Jamaica to the great vistas of the Navajo Nation, this is the perfect event to explore the rich diversity that makes Arizona so special and share it with friends, family, and community,” says, Kimber Lanning, Local First Arizona Founder.

The unique culinary festival celebrates cuisine and entertainment from around the world including Ethiopia, France, Greece, India, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Nepal, Spain, Vietnam, and more.

Sneak Peek at the Talent:

• Abyssinian Restaurant and Cafe — Chef Azeb Getahun

• The Breadfruit & Rum Bar + Chef Danielle Leoni

• Bottega Pizzeria Ristorante

• Carolina’s Chocolate — Chef Lisa Toon

• Carolina’s Mexican Food

• Casa Corazon Restaurant — Chef Javier Verdugo

• Colados Coffee & Crepes — Chef Berni Reina

• Cool Vybz Jamaican Restaurant — Chef Kelso Raymond

• Everest Momo – Chef Subash Yadav

• Flavors of Louisiana

• Happy Buns — Chef Jay Kwan

• Hummus Xpress

• Kood Tea Bar & Cafe — Chef Qiaoyi PU

• Mochilero Kitchen — Chefs Jorge Cota & Justin Baunach

• Paz Cantina

• Red Ginger _ Chef Fermina Carmona

• República Empanada

• The REZ an Urban Eatery

• Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine

• Sabor A Mi

• Salvadoreño Restaurant — Chef Yesenia Ramirez

• Squid Ink Sushi — Chef Santos Rodriguez

• Tandoori Times — Chef Kamal Singh

• Tamales y Tacos Puebla — Chef Ricardo Aguirre

• Urban Margarita

• Winery 101

“Peoria’s events scene continues to get better and better, and I am thrilled to have this multicultural, culinary experience coming to the heart of our city,” says Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat. “I can’t wait for family and friends to gather as they ‘Devour the World’ together.” 

Attendees will get to explore global cuisine that they might not know can be enjoyed in Arizona and even taste test some that will be opening up physical locations soon. Mochilero Kitchen, opening its doors in early March in Peoria, will serve dishes from various regions in Mexico.

“Mochilero translates into ‘backpacker’ and that’s exactly what guests will get to do through our menu and at this event. We’re just not focused on one region, but all regions that make up Mexican cuisine,” says Jorge Cota, owner of Mochilero Kitchen. “The beauty of food is that you can start in one region, travel just 10-20 miles, and have a completely different culinary experience.”

Additional highlights include:

A principal cultural stage will feature musicians and dancers showcasing culturally diverse performances. Attendees will enjoy a Taiko Drumming Showcase from renowned musician Ken Koshio, experience a Kawambe-Omowale African Dancing, be wowed by a Chinese Lion Dance, and so much more! 

Hensley international beverage garden featuring beers of the world including Hoegaarden Beer, Stella Artois, Kirin Ichiban, Baja Brewing Co.

A diverse mix of local ambassadors and fun activities, cultural discover offers a virtual trip around the world with workshops, interactive presentations, and hands-on activities.

A musical instrument petting zoo from the Musical Instrument Museum where attendees can play instruments from around the world including a ukulele, a West African djembe, a concertina, and many others.

When: Saturday, February 15th, 2020 from 11 am – 3 pm

Where: Centennial Plaza – Peoria City Hall Complex, 9875 N. 85th Avenue, Peoria, AZ 85345 

Tickets: $55 and include libation and food sampling from regional restaurants and chefs.