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Tucson’s Agave Heritage Festival explores and celebrates the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of agave on the border region through a festival of seminars, trade shows, and world-class culinary events.

 


The 9th Annual Agave Heritage Festival is bigger than EVER this year! Please note that there are many events associated with the festival this year, so scroll down to learn about all of them, or dive in now and PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS


AGAVE FEST 

May 6 | 6-9pm | $30/$35 (at the door) | Hotel Congress

The nationally acclaimed Agave Fest is the tequila+ party of the year! Immerse yourself in this annual celebration with over 40 tastes of tequilas, mezcals, sotols & bacanoras. The Hotel Congress plaza will come alive with a cocktail competition, education, live demonstrations, music and much more! The party starts at 6pm with an Agave 101 by Master Mezalier Sergio Inurrigario so don’t miss out! purchase your tickets today!
Check out this article on BravoTV about the event

 


Agave Heritage dinner

MAY 5 | 6:30-10PM | $110 (plus tax & gratuity) | Maynards Plaza Patio

Tucson’s culinary giants Chef Janos Wilder and Chef Brian Smith take you on an exploration of Agave through this 4 course experience. Funds from this event will help support Native Seed Search. purchase your tickets today!

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Hand Passed Appetizers
Charred onion sope, Top Knot duck, mole manchamantel, queso fresco, radish
Coal roasted vegetable empanadas, smoked goats cheese, tomato
Green tomato gazpacho, achiote-crema, guymas prawns, sal de chapulines
Cocktail Pairing  – Don Julio Blanco, cherries, lemon, Sal de Gusano, agave syrup

First Course Featuring Chef Janos Wilder
Pan-seared cabrilla, pipian rojo, lime cilantro aioli, the Three Sisters and Cousin Cholla
Vegetarian/Vegan Option
Spring garden tostada with spicy tepary beans, radishes, pickled cholla buds, heirloom carrots, poached garlic, fava beans, roasted corn vinaigrette, flowers
Cocktail Pairing – Don Julio Reposado, celery lime syrup, orange juice, lime

Second Course Featuring Chef Brian Smith
White Sonoran wheat-Arizona corn fried quail, fermented tomatillo jam, purslane, jalapeno, shaved radish
Vegetarian/Vegan Option
White Sonoran wheat berry salad, fermented tomatillo jam, purslane, jalapeno, shaved radish
Cocktail Pairing – Don Julio Blanco, ginger almond agave syrup, lemon, AZ Bitters Lab “Orange Sunshine” bitters

Third Course Featuring Chef Janos Wilder
Grilled beef rib-eye tampiqueña with frijoles maneados, chiles rajas, salsa fresca, cheese enchilada and Anita’s flour tortillas
Vegetarian/Vegan Option
Whole roasted Blue Oyster mushrooms, refritos, chiles rajas, salsa fresca, flour tortillas
Cocktail Pairing – Don Julio Anejo, Carpano Antica, AZ Bitters Lab “Mi Casa” bitters

Dessert Course Featuring Chef Brian Smith
Pastel de elote, avocado-lime ice cream, plantains with piloncillo, orange, mescal, crispy corn
Cocktail Pairing – Don Julio 70, Cointreau, walnut bitters


AGAVE HERITAGE brunch

MAY 7 | 11am-1PM | $55 (PLUS TAX & GRATUITY) | The Carriage House

End this year’s celebration with a culinary fusion 4-course brunch. Chef Janos Wilder and Chef Anthony Coluci will create a dining sensation paired with agave inspired mimosa flights. Proceeds from this brunch help benefit Mission Garden. purchase your tickets today!

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First Course Featuring Chef Anthony Coluci
Avocado louis, gulf stone crab salad, cilantro pistou, cucumber, smoked egg yolk, radish, corn tortilla
Mimosa Pairing – pink grapefruit with Del Arbol chile infused agave syrup

Second Course Featuring Chef Janos Wilder
Chorizo chilaquiles with guaymas shrimp salpicón mojo de ajo and mole verde
Vegetarian/Vegan Option
Mushroom and squash chilaquiles with salpicón and mole verde
Mimosa pairing – almond infused agave with lime and black pepper

Third Course Featuring Chef Anthony Coluci
“Steak and Eggs” Arizona grown NY strip, 40 minute egg, green chimichurri, fried garlic, stewed Anasazi beans, queso cotija, flour tortillas served family style
Mimosa pairing – jalapeño infused agave with orange juice and lemon grass

Dessert Course Featuring Chef Devon Sanner
Julie Shipway’s Meyer lemon curd with kumquat jam and pecan sandies
Vegan Option
Mango sorbet and ginger float with mint syrup
Mimosa pairing – blackberry infused agave with lemon and pearl dust


mezcrawl

MAY 4 | 7-9PM | $25/$40 (take home a commemorative t-shirt) | check in at hydra

Explore downtown through the many takes on Mezcal. Stop in to participating bars and try a unique Mezcal cocktail. purchase your tickets today!


 

This year’s festival will showcase the brilliance of agave with these additional events:

May 3rd

Gentry Award Lecture on Mezcal Origins & Future – 12-1:30pm | Free | Haury Auditorium at University of Arizona 
Ana Valenzuela presents an overview of mezcal research & conservation in Mexico, sponsored by Southwest Center

Agave Heritage Festival Week Proclamation from Mayor Rothschild – 3pm | Free | Hotel Congress Lobby
Join us at Hotel Congress to be in attendance as Mayor Jonathan Rothschild makes our Annual Agave Heritage Festival official!

May 4th

Art In The Lobby  – 6pm| Free | Hotel Congress Lobby
Come and see the great art work of local artists Diane Bombshelter and Paul Mirocha displayed on the famous walls of Hotel Congress during the festival event dates.

Tucson City of Gastronomy Seminar – 6pm| $15 | Maynards Market & Kitchen Drawing Room
Learn more about Tucson being named the first City of Gastronomy in the United States and how the native agave plant continues to be a source of inspiration to our food, local products and economics. purchase your tickets today!

Mezcal and Chocolate Pairing Seminar – 7pm | $15 | Maynards Market & Kitchen Drawing Room
Chocolates can bring out the distinctive characteristics of Mezcal in a unique way. Come experience how these two complement each other! purchase your tickets today!

May 5th

Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
This program explores local resources, with a special focus on Agaves that native peoples of the Sonoran Desert region have traditionally used for food, beverage, medicines, fibers, and more.

Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Enjoy a tour of the Agave Garden from Desert Museum horticulturist, Jason Wiley.

Collectible Agaves for Southwest Landscape & Container Gardner – 10am-2pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Rare and collectible agaves will be for sale from Greg Starr at the Desert Museum’s Desert Garden.

Cryptic Gardens and Cryptic Agaves – 1:30pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Learn how Pre-Columbian agave clones persisted in our Sonoran landscape from A.D. 600 to the present with Wendy Hodgson & Andrew Salywon.

Cinco De Mayo Party – 5pm | FREE | Club Congress
Hotel Congress presents a REAL Cinco de Mayo party, hosted by EL TAMBO and DJ Dirtyverbs, and featuring a whopping CD release from local Latin favorites, Santa Pachita. The music starts at 7pm, but the fun starts at 5pm, with a killer happy hour raging from 5-9pm and food all night! This blowout of a plaza event is FREE until 9pm, and only $3 after that. Join us for a night of fun and celebration!

May 6th

Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
This program explores local resources, with a special focus on Agaves that native peoples of the Sonoran Desert region have traditionally used for food, beverage, medicines, fibers, and more.

Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Enjoy a tour of the Agave Garden from Desert Museum horticulturist, Jason Wiley.

Collectible Agaves for Southwest Landscape & Container Gardner – 10am-2pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Rare and collectible agaves will be for sale from Greg Starr at the Desert Museum’s Desert Garden.

May 7th

Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
This program explores local resources, with a special focus on Agaves that native peoples of the Sonoran Desert region have traditionally used for food, beverage, medicines, fibers, and more.

Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Enjoy a tour of the Agave Garden from Desert Museum horticulturist, Jason Wiley.

Collectible Agaves for Southwest Landscape & Container Gardner – 10am-2pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Rare and collectible agaves will be for sale from Greg Starr at the Desert Museum’s Desert Garden.


Purchase your tickets today! Package options available for those looking to attend more than one event!

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