On Jan. 18 we went to the Carefree Fine Art & Wine Festival. Carefree is a town about 45 minutes from Surprise and north of Phoenix. It's rural enough to have its own character, and it has a western theme. For more information, click on the Carefree Web link. One of it's claim to fame is that Carefree is the home of the world's largest sundial. We guess every town needs something to make it unique.
Our good friends, Bob & Maggie Lawlor, accompanied us on this excursion. Here we are enjoying the art.
This is a juried art festival, so all of the exhibitors have won awards at other art competitions. This raised the level on the quality of the art and sculpture exhibited, but also raised the price tags. We were there to enjoy the art and taste some of the wine, so price was no object! The wine tasting consisted of a small glass and 5 tickets to exchange for a taste. We decided after tasting some of the wine that Arizona has a long ways to go to produce great wine.
The art was outstanding though. We were not allowed to take a lot of pictures, but John couldn't resist these images, which he knew that Jeni and other cat lovers would love.
John knew there was a reason he preferred wine and dogs over cats. Dogs would never waste good vino!
There was a few other vendors, including a New Mexico farm that produced great goat cheese spreads. The name of the farm is Coon Ridge, which we felt was more appropriate for a TN farm that one from NM. There was many samples, and we choose two, one with Italian Herbs, and the other one natural. They only produce organic cheese, and they do ship, so if you want so really great cheese spread for crackers or bread check out their website at:
It isn't inexpensive, but it is unique, and a little goes a long way.
It was a beautiful day, and we had a great lunch on the Carefree Station Grill. We were lucky to get a table on the patio so that we could continue to enjoy the day. The food was fantastic, and it was nice to sit down and relax after walking around the festival.