This year Bluff restaurants will come together for an evening culinary experience showcasing the town’s chefs. The ‘Taste of Bluff’ will be featured Saturday, Oct. 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Cow Canyon Trading Post allowing participants to purchase on-and-off menu favorites from Bluff restaurants while enjoying live music. Meanwhile, free Saturday night performances will be offered by DDAT and The Crags.
The Farmington group DDAT, including trumpeter Delbert Anderson and hip hop artist Def-i, will perform at 7 p.m. DDAT has been called “outside the box” and “poetic” for their combination of hip hop, jazz, funk and soul. At 8:30 p.m., The Crags, a four-piece band from Durango will perform.
An event called Storytelling by the River returns Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. with Ellen Meloy Fund for Desert Writers Award recipient Deborah Taffa. Taffa’s presentation “America the Blistering: One Family’s Eco-Experience in Arizona and New Mexico” will highlight her tribal histories, her status as a displaced urban Native American and her sacred relationship to the canyons of the American Southwest. This event is made possible through a grant from Utah Humanities. UH works to improve Utah communities through active engagement in the humanities, according to a press release from event organizers.
Following storytelling, at 8:30 p.m. a drumming performance by Moab Taiko Dan will be held from the Bluff Community Center outdoor pavilion. The group performs traditional Japanese taiko pieces as well as original compositions and multi-cultural rhythms. Additionally, the group will conduct a drumming workshop Saturday morning in which registered participants will have the opportunity to learn the art of taiko.
Additional artist-led workshops include plein air painting, rock art drawing, artisan clay-fired beads, writing, creative element weaving, rag rug weaving at the Bluff Fort Co-op, cold frame gardening, kombucha making, off-the-grid living and hiking.
For those looking forward to Bluff’s annual Winter Solstice Burn, artist Joe Pachak is inviting festival attendees to drop in each day to assist in the creation of this year’s sculpture - a coyote.
Additional free come-and-go events include the University of Utah Book Arts Program bookmaking table, in which participants can learn the age-old art of letter printing, and a coil clay creation workshop for kids, both located at the Bluff Community Center beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The 2018 Artist Market, also located at the Bluff Community Center, will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Attendees can peruse works from the Four Corners’ painters, potters, photographers, jewelers and leather workers.