The Carefree and Cave Creek town councils each approved $10,000 donations to kickstart the Art & Foodie Stampede to be held Friday, April 23, to Sunday, April 25.
Carole Perry, the Art & Foodie Stampede chairwoman, said the event’s mission is to attract Arizona residents back to the towns of Carefree and Cave Creek after the usual street fair and snowbird season has ended.
“It’ll be after the tent shows are gone,” she said. “It tells the people in Maricopa County that it’s safe to come to Carefree and Cave Creek. The traffic will have dissipated. The restaurants won’t be so crowded.
“We’re tying art and food together. The Sonoran Arts League is a primary sponsor. We want the towns to spend money up front to get it off the ground.”
Patrons can visit the studios, galleries, specialty shops and restaurants at their leisure, with the draw being demonstrating artists at each venue.
The donations will also allow event organizers to hire a trolley between the towns’ key points with Carefree Marketplace (Bashas’ shopping center) as the probably southeast start point, and Tonto Bar & Grill (Rancho Manana Boulevard and Cave Creek) as the southwestern start point. The trolley will stop running at 5 p.m.
Admission to the event will be free.