'Food Festivals'




Bartender mixing People's Choice winner

Bartender mixing People’s Choice winner

I was among the 850 people who judged. While I loved the layered San Carlos margarita, I chose Kingfisher Restaurant’s margarita that tasted of ginger & mint. Normally, I wouldn’t put those flavors together but it sort of reminded me of the very best icy ginger ale with a sprig of mint on the rocks. …

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English: Margarita with lime in a margarita glass.

English: Margarita with lime in a margarita glass. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tucson: World Margarita Championship – October 26

If you appreciate tequila you won’t want to miss this exciting Tucson Culinary Festival event put on by the fabulous Tucson Originals.

The World Margarita Championship™ ~ Friday, October 26 ~ 6-9pm ~ Tucson Museum of Art

The event will feature exciting …

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Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, sh...

Tempranillo varietal wine bottle and glass, showing colour Shot with Nikon D70s (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This year the Tucson Culinary Festival is divided into two different weekends in October 6 and 26. I’m not sure why but maybe because they want to spread out the good times. Or maybe because they want to shake things up a bit.

First on …

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Tucson Culinary Festival

10th annual food, wine, cocktails

In previous years, the Tucson Culinary Festival lasted for one long glorious weekend. This year they’re mixing it up with the Reserve & Grand Tasting wine events on Saturday, October 6 at Casino del Sol Resort and the World Margarita Championship on Friday October 26 at the Tucson Museum of Art.

Here’s the press release …

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Some chicken, pork and corn in the barbeque

Some chicken, pork and corn in the barbeque (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The AZ BBQ Festival is held at the Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona! Set to become the biggest BBQ event in the state, this combined competition and food festival will take place on the sprawling grass fields outside the spring training home of the …

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Food truck at the Taco Festival

Food truck at the Taco Festival

The Tucson Taco Festival was April 28. I was a judge and had to sample 20+ tacos. Click here to read about the training and rules and click here to read part 1. Update: Here are the winners.

Part 2 is mostly photos.

Tacos presented over crushed beer cans

Tacos presented over crushed beer cans
Tacos presented on a bed of plastic leis.

Tacos presented on

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A photo of tacos

Image via Wikipedia

This sounds like a lot of fun. Mark your calendars!

from the press release

Organizers of the wildly popular Arizona Taco Festival in Scottsdale take the party south to Tucson for a taco throw-down of epic proportions.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—On April 28, 2012, the city of Tucson will be turned into a virtual taco-topia with over 30 amateur …

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Two years ago we attended and left with, pun intended, a bad taste in our mouth. Did things improve in the interim?

I think they did.

I attended my first Chef’s Sampler in 1997–pre-Culinary School–and looking back over that year’s program I see the highlights were the lavash at a now-defunct local Italian place, the char-grilled octopus from Angelo’s, and …

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