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Tucson: No Margaritas Allowed, Agave Fest

No margaritas
No margaritas!

from the press release

(Sounds like fun!)

Tucson’s Bartenders Compete in 5th Annual Agave Fest

TUCSON, ARIZ (April 9, 2013) – Tucson’s best bartenders will go head to head to be named the winner of the 5th Annual Agave Fest, kicking off Cinco de Mayo weekend on Friday, May 3 at 7 pm.

Ally Baron (La Cocina) will return to the Hotel Congress Plaza to defend her title against a new crop of bartenders who want a piece of the agave action.  Aaron DeFeo (Casino del Sol), Luke Anable (Penca), Cameron Fisher (Hotel Congress), David Kwon (47 Scott), Andrew Record (Playground), Jon Herrera (Elliott’s on Congress) and Daniel Cole (Sky Bar) will shake up the evening in a cocktail competition with Patron Silver as the main ingredient.

Anything goes, and the mixologists are free to create an agave cocktail of their choice for the crowd’s tasting pleasure.

Only one rule: No margaritas allowed!

The yearly celebration of all-things-Agave, sponsored by Patron, will showcase a wide variety of tequila, mescal, sotol and bacanora, including some notable standouts like Herencia Mezcalero Mezcal, Pura Vida Tequila, and Hacienda Sotol. Avion Tequila, voted the “World’s Best Tasting Tequila” at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition will also be featured, along with many more award-winning distillations.

The 5th Annual Agave Fest will take place on the Hotel Congress plaza. Cup Café will serve up Chipotle Beef and Potato & Roasted Poblano Tacos, along with a salsa bar that boasts unique combinations like Pineapple, Strawberry-Chipotle, Cucumber-Pickled Onion, Mezcal-Spiked Guacamole, and more.  Dos Equis, Pacifico, and Negro Modelo beers will be on sale in the beer garden.

It wouldn’t be a Hotel Congress event without live music – Latin Funk Project will entertain with their special brand of Latin-rock fusion.

Tickets are $35/advance and $40 at the door, and include free tacos, salsa/guacamole bar, cocktails, and tequila sampling.   Easy, convenient parking at Depot Plaza Garage, Centro Garage, and Pennington St. Garage. Tickets available online at hotelcongress.com, in person at the Hotel Congress front desk, or by calling (520) 622-8848.

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