EVENT INFO

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GENERAL INFORMATION

LOCATION: Downtown Litchfield Park (Along Old Litchfield Rd., south of Wigwam Blvd.) For GPS, plug in 100 S. Old Litchfield Rd.
DATE: February 23, 2014
HOURS: 12pm-6pm
HOST: West Valley Mavericks
CHAIR: Justin Clarke, jclarke@cdsdrivers.com, 623-826-5552
CO-CHAIR: Robert Stockley, restockley@gmail.com, 480-250-8378

GENERAL ADMISSION: $45

General Admission Tickets includes unlimited food sampling from about 30 of the finest West Valley restaurants and 10 drink tickets. Drinks are priced: 1 ticket for water, soda, or craft beer sample, 2 tickets for a beer, 3 tickets for wine, and 4 tickets for a specialty cocktail. GA Tickets also include access to other event elements: hourly cooking demonstrations, a huge kid’s zone, live music stage, incredible silent auction tables, and fun contests to enter. A handpicked selection of West Valley businesses will also set up booths for attendees to peruse in between bites.

VIP TICKET: $100

VIP Tickets include General Admission access and a lanyard that allows for access into a lovely Wigwam Resort VIP area. Inside, there is an extended bar filled with top shelf spirits, live dueling piano show, shaded lounge seating, corn hole tournaments, and catered desserts by a top Valley pastry chef. VIP ticket holders receive more drink tickets to use both at the VIP bar and for craft beer sampling in the General Admission area. These tickets also include a take-home bag of goodies from event sponsors and restaurant partners. Plus, there’s private, executive-style bathrooms with hand- washing sinks.

KIDS 12 & UNDER: $20

A Kid’s Ticket is basically a General Admission ticket, but discounted to take into account that they will only use drink tickets for water and soda. Kids have access to the huge Hilgers Fun Zone, where there’s games, bouncy castles, a mechanical bull, and more. If your kid (like ours) shrills at the sight of bruschetta and other culinary festival fare, we’ve got you covered – a Kids Ticket includes ice cream and hot dogs!

 *note: kids 2 and under are free!

2014 HIGHLIGHTS:

THE MAIN STAGE BANDS

The Wiley One

THE WILEY ONE

The Wiley One has played everything from local bars to huge festivals (to the top of a bio-diesel bus!), and at every occasion, the crowd goes wild for their bouncy-bluesy string style riffs and unique blend of acoustic, hip hop, reggae, and blues styles. This band has been performing since 2007, and with their strong roots in Arizona, they’re excited to play this inaugural Flavors of the West culinary festival.
Listen to them here: www.thewileyone.com
Set time: 1pm to 1:40pm

 

Pearl Ridge

PEARL RIDGE

Love the sounds of Janis Joplin and Melissa Etheridge? Then you’ll love Pearl Ridge and their amazing front-woman Kirsten Plambeck. Made up of RJ Rizzo, Ora Zutler, Greg White, and Kriss Heintz, Pearl Ridge provides a performance like no other. Catch them at Flavors of the West, doing classic hits and other energetic tunes that will close out this lively food fest. See their song list and calendar of upcoming performances at their website: www.pearlridgeaz.com
Set times: 4pm to 4:45pm, 5pm to 5:30pm

The Sugar Thieves

 

THE SUGAR THIEVES

Voted “Best Local Band” by Phoenix Magazine, the Sugar Thieves “alchemize blues, jazz, country, folk and other roots music traditions into a single foot-stompin’, hand-clappin’, meat-shakin’ bowl of soul.” What more can we say? Oh yea, they’re scheduled to play Flavors around 2pm. Don’t miss ‘em!
Get to know them here: http://www.sugarthieves.com
Set times: 2pm to 2:30pm, 2:45pm to 3:30pm

Carly Paige

CARLY PAIGE

A 16-year-old singer/songwriter from Phoenix, Carly Paige is influenced by everyone from The Beatles to The Jellyfish. Acoustic guitar, amazing voice, original lyrics. What more can you ask for in an up-and-coming star?! Check out her YouTube page for videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/carlypaigemusic?feature=mhum
Set time: 12pm to 12:40pm
**all set times above are approximate**

Cooking Demos

THE COOKING DEMO STAGE

THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

Sub-Zero/Wolf; Westar Kitchen & Bath, Blue Sky Organic Farms, and West Valley National Bank. This stage features hourly cooking demonstrations by top chefs in a fun atmosphere.
12pm – Steven Griffiths, Estrella Mountain Community College – Ice Sculpting!
1pm – RJ Johnson & David Vose, Blue Sky Farms
2pm – Chef Richard Hinojosa, The Wigwam Resort
3pm – Frank Caputo, Cancer Treatment Centers of America
4pm – Scott Bartz, Dragoncello Farms
5pm – Sharman Hickman, Hickman’s Family Farms

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THE WIGWAM RESORT VIP AREA

Arizona Dueling Pianos Show: www.az-duelingpianos.com
Corn-hole Practice Area
Top-Shelf Bar
Private Bathrooms
TV’s provided by DSS Mountain State Electronics
Excellent catering from The Wigwam Resort: www.wigwamarizona.com
“Vintage Glam” decor
Desserts by: 
www.pixycakes.com

KID’S ZONE & SURROUNDING AREA

Gaming Trailer & Inflatable Games by: Hilgers Orthodontics / Hilgers Pediatric Dentistry
Mechanical Bull Riding
Bike Demo Stunt Ramp by: American Made Ride Shop
Face Painting & Crafts from: Primrose School at Palm Valley
Phoenix Suns Interactive Promotional Vehicle

AT THE BARS

Maverick Moonshine made with Catdaddy Carolina Moonshine, sweet tea, and lemonade
Firefly made with Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, Chila ‘Orchata, and Sazerac
Beer: Coors Light, Blue Moon, San Tan Devil’s Ale, REDD’S Apple Ale
Wine: TBD
Craft Beer Sampling Zone
Bars Operated by: Fringe Salon, Monster Pools, and Majerle’s Sports Grill

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

Corn hole gaming area
Silent Auction
Sponsor Experiences
Shade Zone by: Cancer Treatment Centers of America

WHAT IS FLAVORS OF THE WEST?

Litchfield Park, Ariz. – Building upon a successful inaugural event in early 2013, Flavors of the West has announced Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 as the date for year two of its culinary celebration. It will take place once again in the heart of downtown Litchfield Park, at the intersection of Old Litchfield Road and Wigwam Boulevard. This year, Flavors of the West promises to deliver not only great food and drinks from West Valley chefs and restaurants, but an amped-up event experience, thanks to hosting organization, The West Valley Mavericks.

The Mavericks are a new 28-member men’s group whose mission is to build West Valley community ties while raising money for various charities. For Flavors of the West, the Mavericks have agreed to seek sponsor funds, solicit restaurant partners, and help execute event elements. Mavericks member and Chairman of Flavors of the West is longtime Litchfield resident, Justin Clarke, who says, “this event is the biggest party in the West Valley. And now with the Mavericks help, we’re expanding the attractions to include a BMX bike demo ramp, dueling piano bar in the VIP area, corn hole tournament, and so much more. February 23rd will be an exciting day for the West Valley!”

Taking a leading role in the event efforts are Mavericks Co-Chairman, Robert Stockley, and the groups’ “Marshall” (a.k.a. Chairman), Patrick Clooney. “Everybody’s chipping in,” says Clarke. “For instance, our own Christian Zdebel redesigned the Flavors of the West logo. We’re all bringing something to the table.” The group is currently focused on securing sponsorship funds, so interested parties should contact Stockley at the e-mail address below.

Taking place from noon to 6pm, Flavors of the West will showcase the culinary talents of over 25 West Valley chefs and restaurateurs. Organized in a walk-around format, restaurants will dish out small plates to the 2,000-plus attendees all afternoon. Throughout the day, live bands will perform on the Main Stage, including the group led by Phoenix Children’s Hospital Doctor Greg White, Champagne Tap, who’s been booked to play the event again after their stellar performance last year. Also coming back for year two: Sub-Zero/Wolf and Westar Kitchen & Bath, who will set up the cooking demonstration stage where area chefs can offer culinary tips in 30-minute presentations. A large kid’s zone sponsored by Hilgers Orthodontics will also entertain the crowds.

At the event, the West Valley Mavericks will operate bars, pouring the finest wine, beer, and spirits. The main beneficiary of Flavors of the West is the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation and their new facility in Avondale. Clarke’s own charity, The Honey Foundation, will receive 50 percent of the proceeds from the impressive on-site silent auction.

Restaurants interested in participating in Flavors of the West should contact Lisa Balzotti with Affordable Food Festivals at lisa@affordablefoodfestivals.com. Sponsorship information can be acquired from Robert Stockley at restockley@gmail.com.