Celebrate Cave Creek with a Second Night of Music, Drinks, Food & Fun

The annual celebration of all things Cave Creek kicked off Wednesday, Oct. 16, and continues tonight as the Town hosts the second day of its signature Taste of Cave Creek event.

For 27 years, the Town of Cave Creek has offered this event as a chance for residents to mingle with neighbors, and for those from other parts of the Valley to sample the amazing fare offered from the local restaurants and bars. Held at Stagecoach Village, guests can stroll through the outdoor setting as the sounds of the Crown Kings, Fosterson and Lindsey Vogt fill the air, all while sampling cuisine from more than 30 area restaurants.

“It’s a perfect way to experiment with all of these restaurants in the area and find your next favorite restaurant in town,” says Town of Cave Creek’s Marshal Adam Stein, event chair. “It promises to be a night like no other and the Town’s largest Taste of Cave Creek event ever.”

More than 30 restaurants will descend upon Stagecoach Village for the taste fest, including Bryan’s Black Mountain BBQ, Buffalo Chip Saloon & Steakhouse, Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, Indigo Crow, El Encanto, Harold’s Corral, Grilled Addiction, It’s a Divine Bakery, Le Sans Souci, The City Creamery, The Horny Toad and Wandering Donkey, to name a few.

This year’s event brought a new partner, Frankly Organic Vodka, a local vodka company offering five flavors of organic vodka that will host a vodka challenge at the event. There will also be wine and beer tastings (with more than 21 breweries participating), as well as bourbon and tequila tastings.

Also new this year, the Town is changing its parking plan. Shuttles will transport patrons from throughout the town core to the event. There will be no onsite event parking other than a limited number of on-site handicapped parking spaces for those with placards.

“You can come out, have fun, enjoy the food, and just relax,” says Marshal Stein. “Everyone’s a neighbor a Cave Creek, there are no strangers here.”

The second day of Taste of Cave Creek takes place Thursday, Oct. 17, 5–9pm, at Stagecoach Village, 7100 East Cave Creek Road. Tickets are $10 for entry (free for children 12 and under); food and drink tickets, $3–$5. For additional information, visit www.tasteofcavecreek.com.

Get Ready for the 2019–20 Cave Creek Special Events Issue!

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As the Town of Cave Creek gears up for its season of events around town, CITYSunTimes, in conjunction with the Town, is hard at work on October’s 2019 Cave Creek Special Events Issue. This annual issue includes a calendar of events for the upcoming season, a special advertiser’s section and a preview of some of the biggest events heading to town for the season.

“Cave Creek is preparing for yet another busy special event season,” says Town of Cave Creek’s Marshal Adam Stein. “Each year we are seeing more and more visitors coming to our great events in Cave Creek. Residents and visitors alike are realizing that Cave Creek is the place to be and the place everyone wants to visit. The town has welcomed more and more special events in town and driving through our town during the ‘busy’ season will clearly show you that Cave Creek is a happening place. From mountain bike events to Cave Creek Bike Week to the Taste of Cave Creek and Hidden in the Hills.

“People who want to have fun…come to Cave Creek. Welcome back to our friends and visitors, and if you have never come to Cave Creek…what are you waiting for? All your friends are visiting us, see what you are missing.” |CST

Savor Local Flavor At The Taste of Cave Creek

The Town of Cave Creek will once again host its premier event, The Taste of Cave Creek. From Bryan’s Black Mountain BBQ to Z’s Asian Fusion, the two-day Taste of Cave Creek will represent the eclectic mix that Cave Creek is most known for. Marshal Adam Stein is once again heading up the Taste of Cave Creek, and Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln are the premiere sponsors of the event.

The Taste of Cave Creek is held at Stagecoach Village, 7100 East Cave Creek Road, in an outdoor, open-air setting that will feature two stages of live music nightly. Held October 18 and 19, this year’s event will offer two new experiences: The Craft Beer VIP experience and a Wine Tasting VIP experience. (Learn more about both VIP experiences on page 32 — see “Mayor Bunch Writes…”).

Some of the more than 35 restaurants attending the Taste include Bryan’s Black Mountain BBQ, Bourbon Cellar, Brugo’s Pizza & Bistro, Cartwright’s Modern Cuisine, Desirable Desserts, El Encanto Mexican Food, Harold’s Corral, Grilled Addiction & Wandering Donkey, Indigo Crow, It’s a Divine Bakery, Le Sans Soucie, Local Jonny’s, Grotto Café, Mountain View Pub, The Horny Toad, Small Cakes, Z’s Asian Fusion, the Village Coffee Shop, Tukees Tamales, Venues, The City Creamer, Q to U BBQ, The Meat Market, The Creek Patio Grill, Mike’s Chicago Dogs, Edible Arrangements, The Treatery and many more.

In addition to the food, there will be a craft beer garden featuring more than 18 craft beers, along with wine tastings, and tequila tastings sponsored by Tito’s Vodka. Two nights of entertainment, 5–9pm, include The Crown Kings (October 18); Fosterson (October 19); and Rock the District (both nights).

For additional information, call 480.488.6636 or visit .

Cave Creek… It’s Where You Want To Be

Cover photos, from top left: Cave Creek Indian Market – Naiche Duncan; Photo: AO Tucker Cactus Classic Fiesta Days – Photo: Ric Andersen Wicked All Day & All Night The Taste of Cave Creek Fiesta Days – Photo: Ric Andersen Wild West Days – Photo: Mike Pintar Magic Bird Festivals Treasure Fest Wild West Fest Center: Vermillion Promotions; Sarah Foster jewelry

Cover photos, from top left: Cave Creek Indian Market – Naiche Duncan; Photo: AO Tucker; Cactus Classic; Fiesta Days – Photo: Ric Andersen; Wicked All Day & All Night
The Taste of Cave Creek; Fiesta Days – Photo: Ric Andersen; Wild West Days – Photo: Mike Pintar; Magic Bird Festivals Treasure Fest
Wild West Fest; Center: Vermillion Promotions – Sarah Foster jewelry

The 2016-17 event season gets underway

By Kathryn M. Miller ~ The 2016-17 Cave Creek season of events officially kicks off in October, and the Town of Cave Creek putting out the welcome mat and pulling out all the stops and for locals and visitors. The town invites everyone to “Enjoy all that Cave Creek has to offer, from our great restaurants to our amazing special events,” says Marshal Adam Stein. “Cave Creek…it’s where you want to be.”

Kicking off the season is Taste of Cave Creek, a Town of Cave Creek signature event.

“Come on out and enjoy this year’s The Taste of Cave Creek October 19 and 20,” says Stein. “Enjoy live music, great food and an all-around great atmosphere.”

Also in October is Biketoberfest at Hideaway Grill and the ever-popular Cave Creek Wicked – an all day and all night Halloween party. In addition, Sonoran Arts League teams up with Foothills Food Bank for the Empty Bowls Project.

November brings the 13th Annual Wild West Days, hosted by the Cave Creek Merchants & Events Association, the 20th Annual Hidden in the Hills Studio Tour and Sale, Desert Discovery Days at Jewel of the Creek Preserve and so much more

The season offers multiple cultural performances and art exhibitions, as well as opportunities to explore and support Desert Foothills Library and Cave Creek Museum – all family friendly and just minutes away.

From a homecoming parade and game, foot and bike races to events for the biker set, history buffs, foodies and theater and art lovers; from Halloween to Wild West and Fiesta Days celebrations to hot air balloons and Fourth of July – and everything in between – there is surely something for everyone in Cave Creek this season.

Save the Cave Creek 2016-17 Calendar of Events and keep it handy all year long. And we’ll see everyone out and about town this season. |CST

Old Favorites and New Finds: Get a Taste of Cave Creek

Official Taste of Cave Creek artwork by Lance Headlee

Official Taste of Cave Creek artwork by Lance Headlee

The annual Taste of Cave Creek is a Town of Cave Creek signature event that brings food, wine, live music and more to the beautiful outdoor setting of Stagecoach Village. This year, the event premier sponsor is AutoNation Ford Scottsdale.

Marshal Adam Stein will again be heading up the festive event and invites residents and guests alike to get a Taste of Cave Creek on Wednesday, October 14, and Thursday October 15, with food samplings from more than 25 restaurants. A number of favorite restaurants are returning to the event, along with some new and soon-to-be favorites – all of which are sure to temp the taste buds. For a list of restaurants, visit the event website.

A craft beer garden and wine tasting (courtesy of Oak Ridge Winery) will once again have a presence at the highly anticipated event, and The Ryan Sims Band will play nightly in the gazebo.

Now in its 24th year, the event runs from 5-10pm. Stagecoach Village is located at 7100 East Cave Creek Road. There is a $10 admission fee, available at the front gates. Children 12 and younger are free. Food tickets are $1 and may be purchased at the gate. Food tastings cost $2-$5 each. Parking is available north of the Post Office (38406 North Schoolhouse Road) with shuttles to and from Stagecoach Village. For additional information, visit www.tasteofcavecreek.com.

The Taste of Cave Creek Returns

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“The Taste of Cave Creek is an event to bring our friends and neighbors together,” says Town of Cave Creek Marshal Adam Stein “We hope that people come, visit our event and try a restaurant that they may have never tried before.”

?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????More than 25 restaurants will join the eclectic mix this year, including Alberto’s, Amaro Italiano Ristorante, AZ Select Ice Cream & Candy Co., Brugo Award Winning Gourmet Pizza, Bryan’s BBQ, Buffalo Chip, Cartwrights, Cave Creek Smokehouse, Cave Creek Tap Haus, Chef Sara Raw Vegan Cuisine, Cibo e Vino, El Encanto, Hacienda’s Mexican Grill, Harold’s, Hideaway, Horny Toad Restaurant, Indian Village, Indigo Crow, It’s A Divine Bakery, Jacked Ice, Janey’s Coffee Co., Le Sans Souci, My Sweet Blessings BakeryOregano’s Pizza Bistro, Spotted Donkey, The Boulders Resort, Tonto Bar & Grill, Venues Café and Z’s Asian Fusion Restaurant.

Events of this size could not take place without the support of the community and the many sponsors, including this year’s premier sponsors.

Sanderson Ford and Sanderson Lincoln on Bell Road are returning partners and familiar faces at most of our events,” says Stein. “Mayor Francia is the one person who always encourages special events and supports all of our happenings.”

Again this year, the outdoor, open-air setting will feature two stages with live music nightly by Ryan Sims Band and Jake Dean Band. A craft beer garden and wine tastings (courtesy of Oak Ridge Winery) will once again have a presence at the event, and some new activities have been added.???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

“Each year we try and bring something new to A Taste of Cave Creek,” says Stein. “This year I think I am most excited about the all new Tequila Tasting area as well as our all new Margarita challenge….who will make the best Margarita in Cave Creek…come and find out!”

For more details, call the Town of Cave Creek at 480.488.1400 or visit www.tasteofcavecreek.com. |CST

Cave Creek Kicks Off Its 2014-15 Events Season

September 2014 CST.inddBy Kathryn M. Miller The Town of Cave Creek is gearing up for another spectacular season of events.

“Cave Creek is not only known for its spectacular desert, but also for its vibrant Town activities,” says Mayor Vincent Francia. “For each of the 12 months there is a promotion. Although these promotions are varied – from the cuisine of October’s Taste of Cave Creek to the rodeo of March’s Fiesta Days – the one thing they have in common is fun and good memories are guaranteed.”

The 2014-15 Cave Creek season kicks off with its signature event, Taste of Cave Creek. The two-day event showcases the best that the town has to offer, including its more than 25 area restaurants, live music, wine tasting, beer garden and some favorite artists, artisan shops and area vendors.

“Cave Creek is a small town that offers our residents that old town, charm, where we know our neighbors and our kids can play out in our yards…safely,” says Town Marshal Adam Stein, who is also chair of the Taste of Cave Creek. “Cave Creek is special in many ways, from our Western culture to our open space and hiking trails.”

In November, the 11th Annual Wild West Days returns to Downtown Cave Creek and Stagecoach Village. The event is Arizona’s largest western celebration and features five days of nonstop family entertainment.

“Spend the day, and say hello to your friends and neighbors; see why Cave Creek truly is where the Wild West still lives,” says Stein.

The season continues with art shows and studio tours, classic car and custom bike shows, a trail run, the annual Balloon Festival and Pro Rodeo and wraps with annual Independence Day celebrations – and so much more.

“Coming to Cave Creek because of a promotion is a good way to get to know the Town,” continues Francia. “You’ll come back. And we’ll love to see you again.” |CST

Get Ready To Paint The Town!

TownofCaveCreekCave Creek Special Events Edition in September

By Kathryn M. Miller

The Town of Cave Creek is gearing up for another spectacular season of events!

The 2014-15 Cave Creek season returns in October with its signature event, Taste of Cave Creek. The two-day event will showcase all the best that the town has to offer, including its more than 25 area restaurants, live music, wine tasting, beer garden and some favorite artists and artisan shops and area vendors.

In November, the 11th Annual Wild West Days return to Downtown Cave Creek and Stagecoach Village. The event is Arizona’s largest western celebration and features five days of non-stop family entertainment. With everything from a non-motorized western parade and cattle drive to mutton bustin’, bull riding, bathtub races, live music and plenty of food and drink, it is a party that’s not to be missed.

Also in November, experience the Hidden in the Hills 18th Annual Studio Tour and Sale, as well as the Stagecoach Village Art Festival.

December will bring the 12th Annual Luminaria Run and the Fifth Annual Cruise & Car Show.

Always a family favorite, the annual Cave Creek Balloon Festival will once again soar over Rancho Mañana in January. The Annual Indian Market also returns in January.

The Fiesta Days and Cave Creek Pro Rodeo hits the Memorial Arena in March. Soak up a true cowboy rodeo experience with three days of pro rodeo events, a parade and dances.

And if that all isn’t enough, the Town will host the Cactus Shadows Homecoming Parade, Biketoberfest, Stagecoach Fine Art & Wine Festival, Wicked, Triple R fundraiser, Cave Creek Museum events, the Cactus Classic, Hideaway Custom Builders Showcase, Bike Week, Spring Classic & Collector Car Auction, Trail Run, Independence Day celebrations and so much more.

Whew! That’s a whole lot of events! But never fear, the Town (www.cavecreek.org) and CITYSunTimes is here to help residents and visitors alike plan for all of the festivities. Check out our September Cave Creek Special Events Edition. With a pullout calendar section and handy-dandy map, we’ve got you covered for the year. Now all you have to do is pull on those boots and get ready to paint the Town!

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