Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Culinary Tourism: Tucson Culinary Festival – Oct 23-26

Taste, savor and enjoy the four days of events from Oct. 23-26, starting with the margarita championship and going all the way through the reserve tasting, the grand tasting and the brunch/Copper Chef cook-off.

The margarita event is slated to be held at the Historic Train Depot downtown, with the rest of the events happening at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

Last year’s margarita tasting can be read about here. It was a smashing success. And this year promises to be equally as good. If you’re part of a couple where one drinks and the other doesn’t, I believe there are some virgin margarita options. (Thursday night)

At the Reserve Tasting you can sample more than 40 extraordinary rare and limited wines in your own Riedel wine glass and taste sumptuous appetizers prepared by 14 Tucson Originals chefs. This exclusive event is limited to 250 guests. (Friday night)

Savor small bites from 40 Tucson Originals restaurants and the option to sip 150 wines and spirits from around the world at Tucson’s best party. Meet and mingle with local and national chefs and tastemakers, bid on a special collection of wine in the silent auction, add to your cookbook collection at the book-signing table, and buy fine wines at a discount at the Tucson Originals table as you leave. (Saturday night)

For Sunday brunch two James Beard Award winning chefs, Norman Van Aken of the Ritz Carlton/Orlando, Florida and Mark Ehrler/Loews Ventana Resort fuse their talents to create a brunch of delightful proportions. After brunch watch two top local chefs duke it out in the copper cook-off.  (Sunday mid morning) 

This year’s festival beneficiaries are the Tucson Originals, the Community Food Bank, New Beginnings and the Ara Parseghian Medical Research Foundation.

Check out the schedule, participants and sponsors, wineries, plus purchase tickets (for one event or a weekend pass) and more at the website. Loews Ventana Canyon Resort offers a weekend accommodation special too.

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