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For the first time the Sonoran Arts League also will be part of the Taste of Cave Creek event. Festivities, which get under way on at 4 p.m. on Sept. 29 in Stagecoach Village, will include more than 60 artists on display. The annual event also includes live music, and a wide variety of food from 25 local restaurants.

Cave Creek celebrates food, art, music during 2-day festival

Cave Creek has recently unveiled a new logo to go with its new motto, “Perfectly Uncivilized.”
In an effort to give fellow Valley residents a sense for what that means the community will celebrate the Taste of Cave Creek from 4 – 10 p.m. Sept. 29 – 30 in Stagecoach Village.
The event, which is in its third year at Stagecoach Village, is expanding to a second day for the first time. Food from 25 area restaurants will be on sale ranging in
price from $1 – 4.
“You’re not getting big portions of anything, but that way you can try several different things and get a sense of the great variety we have here in Cave Creek,” Kevin Binkley the head chef and owner of Binkley’s Restaurant said. “We’ve got a pretty amazing food scene up here. It runs the gamut and that’s why we’re doing this event, to show people what we have to offer.”
Additionally there will be a beer garden with 35 different types of craft beers and wine tasting.
Beyond the 25 food booths patrons also will get the opportunity to take in three cooking demonstrations each night. Along with Binkley, who will perform at 8 p.m. each evening, the lineup of demonstrations will also include Cave Creek resident Mad Coyote Joe, who is known best for his Sonoran Grill cooking show that was filmed in his backyard from 1998-2003.
With four cookbooks to his credit Joe Daigneault, a 30-year Cave Creek resident, has plenty of recipes and advice to offer fellow culinary enthusiasts.
“I started cooking as a little kid,” he said. “I loved to barbeque. Some of the recipes I use regularly are 20 years old, but I’m always collecting new ones. I’ll put together a couple things during my demonstrations, but what I really want to do with my demonstration is give the audience a chance to ask the questions they want to ask. They could go to the shows each night, and even though I’ll be making the same dishes they could get very different information from the questions asked.”
In between Mad Coyote Joe at 6 p.m. and Binkley at 8 p.m. Aaron Geister of Tonto Bar & Grill will put on demonstrations at 7 p.m. each night.
In addition to tantalizing the taste buds the event also will attempt to delight the ears. The first night of the event will feature six hours of jazz music.
Among the artists performing will be The Eric Rasmussen Quartet. Rasmussen, who teaches at Mesa Community College, said he looks to blend paying tribute to the classics while breaking new ground.
“We try and focus on original music,” Rasmussen said. “It’s based on jazz traditional music, but we also have an eye to the future. I like to say we have one foot in the past and one in the future.”
Rasmussen said he has a great appreciation for those that refuse to be complacent.
“I don’t think we’re traditional,” he said. “We’re working with some pretty advanced concepts with complex rhythms. We like to challenge ourselves. I was always drawn to Miles Davis, and John Coltrane. They always pushed themselves to try new things.”
From 4 – 6 p.m. The Joel Robin Band with Delphine Cortez will get the music started. Michael Cocour and the ASU Jazz Septet will perform from 6 – 7 p.m. and then take the stage for a second set from 8 – 9:15 p.m. Rasmussen’s group will also perform two sets, first from 7 – 8 p.m. and then again to close the evening, from 9:15 – 10 p.m.
On Sept. 30 the live music will change from jazz to country, rock and blues. The lineup includes Chicks with Picks, Rondavous, Double D and the Sydni Budelier Band, with music from 4 – 10 p.m.
This year’s event also will include visual stimulation in addition to providing taste treats and tunes. The Sonoran Arts League will have more than 60 artists displaying their wares.
“We’ll have a wide range of mediums represented from sculpture to painting to jewelry,” said Karen Budan, the volunteer coordinator. “The artists will be there to answer any questions people might have and visitors will have the opportunity
to purchase art.”
The art will be on display in the same area which will house the VIP lounge and a wine tasting event.
Stagecoach Village, the site of the festival, is located at 7100 E. Cave Creek Road. For information about the two-day event go to