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Tucson restaurant: Cinco de Mayo Agave Fest

Hotel Congress, Tucson
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Tucson restaurant news (from the press release)

The first ever “Agavefest” will be held at the Hotel Congress Plaza on Wednesday, May 5 from 5 – 9 p.m.  Featuring a wide variety of tasting and pairing opportunities, the event will showcase beverages made exclusively from the agave plant, including tequila (in all its designations), sotol (made from the Desert Spoon agave) and mezcal made from the maguey plant (another form of agave).

The event will include a special competition featuring the winners of the Herradurra Tequila “Matador” competition held on April 11 at Hotel Congress, along with other local mixologists.  Each will have ten minutes to design a cocktail using a thematic ingredient and basic back bar ingredients. A distinguished panel of local “celebrity” judges will taste tequilas and competitor cocktails in a blind format.

The cost to attend is $20 per person and includes up to 10 tastes from a selection of 30 + rare and ultra-premium varieties of all three beverages, as well as samplings of house made infusions made with a variety of fruits and aromatics.
Following the competition, guests are invited to enjoy dueling bands in a “Cockfight” between the Jons and the Zsa Zsa’s in Club Congress or a special 3-course dinner at  Maynards Market and Kitchen.  Priced at $30 per person (tax and gratuity added), the optional tequila pairing course can be added for an additional  penny if you already have an admission ticket from Agavefest.  For those not attending the event, the cost for the flight is $15 per person.

Agavefest Special Menu
Alaskan Halibut Ceviche paired with Hacienda de Chihuahua Sotol blanco
House smoked Beef Lengua Tacos paired with Del Maguay “Chichicapa”
Agave Nectar Tart – Single Village Mezcal, Herencia Anejo

Hotel Congress room packages will be available at special prices for people who want to enjoy the Agavefest and stay the night. Tickets can be purchased at the Hotel box office, Maynards Market and Kitchen, or online.

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  1. I’m one of the “local celebrity” judges and can’t wait. I’ve had Sotol before but only in the rotgut, um, unprocessed form so I’m really looking forward to the new taste. And the dinner sounds amazing too.

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