Local restaurants compete, and over 1,200 attendees will vote for the best taco, tequila and salsa over Labor Day weekend at La Encantada Shopping Center
Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 2nd as the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) proudly partners with the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona to present the 8th Annual Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge at La Encantada Shopping Center. Over 40 of the region's finest restaurants will compete for the title of best taco, best tequila cocktail, and best salsa, with attendees weighing in on their favorite tastes of the evening.
This year, a new VIP ticketing option will be available, and will include a one-hour early entry to the event at 6:00 PM, valet parking, a tequila toast compliments of Three Wells Distilling and commemorative shot glass plus all general admission access. The early entry will provide a more intimate setting to interact with restaurants, chefs and mixologists, with only 300 VIP tickets available.
The event is a vibrant celebration of the creative community of Southern Arizona and will highlight the rich and diverse culture that make our region unique. In addition to food and drink tastings, there will be live arts experiences throughout the evening, on stage and throughout the event. Music and dancing from a variety of performers will include Ballet Folklorico Tapatio, Mariachi Herradura, Cool Breeze and Zona Libre. Local artists and live painters will also showcase their work at the celebration.
The Southern Arizona Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge is a fundraising event to benefit the presenting nonprofit organizations. All proceeds that are raised through ticket sales are invested into programs that provide foundational support to the communities' well-being.
"81% of the Community Food Bank budget is supplied through donations which enable us to provide nearly 200,000 individuals with emergency food assistance throughout the year," said Michael McDonald, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona. "This event is an opportunity to build awareness and support for the incredible work that is being done in our region."
"The core of SAACA's work is centered around building stronger and healthier communities through a variety of arts-based programming, including groundbreaking arts therapy and education programs and dynamic community engagements like the Salsa, Tequila and Taco Challenge," said SAACA Executive Director, Kate Marquez. "This event is an expression and celebration of everything that is unique and creative about where we live, while also raising funds for much needed programs and services. " The partnership between the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona began nearly 9 years ago in a collaborative fundraising effort, aimed at partnering to create a signature community event.
The partnership between the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona began nearly nine years ago in a collaborative fundraising effort aimed at partnering to create a signature community event.
The Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge also promotes local businesses in a lively environment by connecting attendees with local restaurants. Guests will have access to taste samples from many restaurants in one location while personally interacting with the chefs and mixologists that create the recipes they are tasting. At the end of the evening, awards will be presented to the event champions in over 15 categories.
Tortilla chips that are provided to all guests at ticketing are being graciously donated by Guadalajara Grill, and the tequila toast during the VIP hour is courtesy of donation by Three Wells Distilling Company.
Tickets are on sale now at www.SAACA.org.
2018 Southern Arizona Salsa, Tequila & Taco Challenge
When: Sunday Sept. 3 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: La Encantada Shopping Center, northwest corner of Skyline Dr and Campbell Ave
Cost: VIP - $100, General Admission - $60 (21+ Event)
Phone: (520) 797-3959 x 105
About Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages.
For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, go to www.SAACA.org.