Writer Shoshana Leon
Photography by Brian Poore
[dropcap]F[/dropcap]or more than 25 years, people have enjoyed great food and drink, live entertainment and the company of friendly folks at the Taste of Cave Creek, which takes place October 16 and 17 at Stagecoach Village. This year’s two-day event is expected to attract more than 6,000 people from near and far who come to experience the flavors of Cave Creek restaurants, bars and breweries.
“What started as a few restaurants and one or two beer companies has grown to over 30 restaurants, including several food trucks, over 15 craft breweries, numerous wine and tequila tastings, and tons of live music and fun,” said Cave Creek Town Marshal Adam Stein, chair of the event.
“Where else can you try so many restaurants in one location? Come to the Taste of Cave Creek and find your new favorite restaurant!”
Taste of Cave Creek does more than showcase all Cave Creek has to offer; it fosters a strong sense of community.
“The event is a celebration of Cave Creek that brings neighbors together,” said Marsal Stein. “Cave Creek prides itself on being a small town where everyone is a neighbor and no one is a stranger.”
Taste of Cave Creek features samples from a variety of area eateries and drinking spots, a beer garden and live music. Entertainment will be provided in the gazebo by Fosterson Music Oct. 16 and Crown Kings Oct. 17. Lindsay Vogt will perform in the beer garden both nights.
Restaurants participating in the Taste of Cave Creek include Bryan’s Black Mountain Barbecue, Buffalo Chip Saloon and Steakhouse, Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, Indigo Crow Restaurant and Bar, El Encanto, Harold’s Corral, Grilled Addiction, Wandering Donkey, It’s a Divine Bakery, Le Sans Souci, The Horny Toad, The City Creamery and many more.
New to this year’s event is a vodka challenge hosted by Frankly Organic Vodka, a local company offering five flavors of organic vodka. Local bartenders will compete to see who makes the best drink using Frankly Organic Vodka. Chef Carlos Marquez from Indigo Crow Restaurant and Bar will try to defend his title after winning last year’s vodka challenge.
In addition to great food, drinks and entertainment, Taste of Cave Creek supports local charities, including the Foothills Food Bank, Foothills Caring Corps, Tierra Madre Horse and Human Sanctuary, and several others.
“Every year we look forward to this great event,” said Marshal Stein. “I think my favorite part is seeing all our friends and neighbors coming out and enjoying our awesome local restaurants. It’s a perfect way to experiment with restaurants in the area and find your next favorite. You can come out, have fun, enjoy the food and just relax.”
Taste of Cave Creek
Oct. 16–17 | 5–9 p.m. | Stagecoach Village | 7100 E. Cave Creek Rd.
$10 entry; free for children 12 and under | $3–$5 per sample