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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 agave, in short, was meat, drink, clothing, and writing materials for the Aztec! Surely, never did Nature enclose in so compact a form so many of the elements of human comfort and civilization!

– William H. Prescott


The agave plant is deeply rooted in the fibers of our border town and this years’ Agave Heritage Festival is an eventful applaud to this southwest treasure! Come and discover the importance of agave to our region and culture, experience food and drinks that celebrate the unique taste of agave and share in your appreciation with the rest of our Tucson community.

This years festival will showcase the brilliance of agave with incredible events:

April 28th

Mission Garden Presentation with Jesus Garcia – 4pm | $25, ages 21+/$5, ages 20-6/free for ages under 6| Mission Garden
We will be firing up the roasting pit while learning more about agave preparation and tasting the best in agave spirits.

April 29th

Ancient Agave Garden Tour – 8:30-10am | $25 | U of A Desert Laboratory Tumamoc Hill
Suzanne and Paul Fish take you on a fascinating tour of ancient agave roasting sites, right in our backyard.

Mission Garden Presents The Opening Of The Fire Pit – 4:30-7:30pm | $25, ages 21+/$5, ages 20-6/free for ages under 6 | Mission Garden
Jesus Garcia is joined by Suzanne and Paul Fish and Carolyn Niethammer, to share tastes of roasted agave, how to cook it at home, make agave rope  and more…and spirit tastings of course!

Tickets for Mission Garden Events can be purchases at: http://www.tucsonsbirthplace.org/news-events/#agaveweek

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 – 2pm | Free | Hotel Congress Lobby
Mayor Rothschild makes Agave Heritage Festival official!

May 4th

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.

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!

MEZcrawl – 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.

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.

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.

Agave Heritage Dinner – 7-10pm | $110 (plus tax & gratuity) | Maynards Market & Kitchen Patio
Tucson’s culinary giants take you on an exploration of Agave through this 4 course experience. Funds from this event will help support Native Seed Search.

Cinco De Mayo Concert – 9pm | FREE | Club Congress
Tucson, come and party with us at this fun and colorful event!

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 addmission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
Enjoy a tour of the Agave Garden from Desert Museum horticulturist, Jason Wiley.

Agave Heritage Fest | 6-9pm | $30/$35 (at the door) | Hotel Congress
This is the Tequila party of the year, you don’t want to miss this one!
Check out this article on BravoTV about the event

 

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.

Agave Heritage Brunch | 11am-1pm | $55 (plus tax & gratuity) | The Carriage House
End this year’s celebration with a culinary fusion 4-course brunch supporting Mission Gardens.


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

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Thank you to our partners and sponsors!

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