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Agave Heritage Week

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Thank you everyone for making agave heritage week 2016 a huge success!

Stay tuned for 2017



From 2016:

Join us for our first annual Agave Heritage Week! What started off as a celebration of just tequila 8 years ago, evolved into Agave Fest, and now into an entire week long celebration of all things Agave!  Agave Heritage Week celebrates the culinary heritage with our 2nd annual Agave Dinner, art with local artist Diane Bombshelter, science & education with our USBG Seminars & Agave 101 Seminar, and culture with our Cinco De Mayo Celebration! 

Featured Guest Speakers

Sergio Inurrigarro – Master Mezcalier – USBG Seminars May 5th, Agave Dinner 5/6 & Agave Fest w/chalupins 5/7

Rodrigo Medellin – Senior Professor at the Institute of Ecology at UNAM – Agave Dinner 5/6

Diane Bombshelter – featured Artist – 4/23 to 5/24 – reception on 4/23 in Hotel Lobby 6-8pm

Anayency Gomez – Artisanal Chocolatier – Agave Dinner 5/6 & Agave Fest 5/7

Aaron DeFeo – Casino Del Sol Property Mixologist – USBG Seminars 5/5

Layla Linn – Corp. Mixologist & B.A.R. Certified – USBG Seminars 5/5 & Agave 101 Seminar 5/7

Janos Wilder – James Beard Award Winning Chef – Agave Dinner 5/6

Schedule of Events

May 3: La Ley performs at The Rialto Theatre

Latin Grammy Award-winning all male pop sensations kick off Agave Heritage Week with a show at The Rialto.

7p.m., $40 – 45 general admission, all ages show.

Tickets and more information at and 520-740-1000.


May 5: Cinco de Mayo at The Hotel Congress

6p.m. the celebrations begin. $3 entry. 21+

7p.m. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers play Club Congress. $30 show. Purchase tickets here.

Mexican Moonshine Tequila bars will be featured in Club Congress, with $6.00 cocktails, $5.00 shots and $3.00 Dos XX!

USBG Seminars at Maynards Market & Kitchen’s Drawing Room

Let our experts teach you about all things agave! Classes are $20 per person, per class. Cost includes your entry into our special seminar, a commemorative t-shirt, and a traditional mezcal tasting glass.

5:30p.m. Sergio Inurrigarro teaches about all things agave with support from Aaron Defeo and Layla Linn. Get your tickets here.

6:45p.m. Layla Linn, Aaron Defeo, and Sergio Inurrigarro bring their mixology skills to life with an agave-based cocktail seminar. Purchase tickets here.



May 6: The Second Annual Agave Dinner with Janos Wilder at The Carriage House – cost is $95++ per person (total of $120 which includes tax & gratuity).

Hors D’oeuvres
Local Beef Cheek Mini Tacos
Smoked Poblanos and Mushroom Flautas

Cocktail – Blanco tequila, raspberry, habanero shrub, sparkling wine

Ceviche Blanco
Wild Mexican shrimp, pickled nopalitos, local chiles, mizuna greens, Anita’s corn tortillas

Cocktail – Agua Amarga – Blanco Tequila, Apple Almond Orgeat, Lime, Averna

La Codorniz Con Tequila
Tequila and lime cured quail, agave chiltepin glaze, mesquite smoked beef tongue, roasted pan patty squash, garlic confit, prickly pear and yucca root puree.

Cocktail – John Rose – Reposado Tequila, Demerara, lemon, kosher salt, float AZ Red Malbec 

Dos Corderos Del Corazon de Mexico
Double chop of lamb rack with chipotle recado, pepitas, Native Seed/SEARCH mole + roasted corn vinaigrette, lamb shoulder barbacoa, peruana beans, guacamole, pickled cholla buds

Cocktail – La Mordidita – Vida Mezcal, Apricot Brandy, Dry Vermouth, “Mi Casa” bitters

Magdalenas de Mezcal
Ancho chile chocolate cup cake, raspberry and white chocolate Mezcal truffle, coffee caramel, berries and whip.

Served with fresh brewed coffee

This will sell out! Be sure to get your tickets here.

Saul Hernandes of Jaguares performs at The Rialto Theatre

7p.m., $26-$28, all ages show.

Tickets and more information at and 520-740-1000.

El Tambo Dance Party at The Hotel Congress

10p.m., free!


May 7: The 8th Annual Agave Fest at The Hotel Congress

Join us for this special evening of spirits, food, and live music. Your ticket includes entry into this year’s Agave Fest, 10 tasting tickets, as well as food pairings, truffles, traditional mezcal tasting shot glass, and a commemorative shot glass to take home! Ticket also covers entry into Agave 101 Seminar. This event is 21+. 6 to 9p.m., $35-$40. Get your tickets to Agave Fest here.

• Over 50 agave-based spirits & cocktails

• With specially paired tapas by our executive chefs

• Live music by Tesoro

• Cocktail competition, be sure to cast your vote for your favorite Agave Based Cocktail:


               YAS QUEEN – submitted by Gabe Hostedtler

  Three Wells, Vergano Luli Chinato, rose syrup, fresh lime juice, Served over cracked ice and garnished with dried rose petals.


                Tequila’s Dirty Sister  – submitted by Eddie Pain

  Three Wells, Habanero Shrub, Orange, Bacanora mist

                The Hotel Congress

                Mayakoba Bliss – submitted by Abel Ducassse 

Three Wells, Reposado Tequila, Tomatillo, Orgeat, Lemon, House Peach Bitters, Ancho Extract

Agave 101 Seminar with expert mixologist Layla Linn and master mezcalier Sergio Innurrigarro

Learn from expert mixologist Layla Linn and world-renowned mezcalier Sergio Inurrigarro about all things Agave.

6 to 7p.m. inside Club Congress, seating is limited.

RSVP by e-mail, include Agave 101 and your full name in the message. Ticket to Agave Fest is required.


May 8: Close out Agave Heritage Week with our Bloody Maria Bar 

Milagro Tequila is taking over our Sunday Bloody Mary Bar in the hotel lobby to offer an Agave spin of Bloody Marias! Garnished with Nopalito’s, instead of cucumbers, this is sure to kee it traditional and fresh. Recover from the weekend with a breakfast at The Cup Cafe, and enjoy special Bloody Marias while you wait.

Bar opens at 10a.m.

Thank you to our partners



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