The iconic festival returns to celebrate the hub of creatively unique, authentic and renowned Mexican cuisine in the country
For the fourth year, the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is partnering with Visit Tucson to celebrate the Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food north of the border, combined with the Southern Arizona arts community. On Saturday, June 15th, at 6 PM at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort, SAACA will host the Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival, featuring spectacular food and spirit samplings, along with live, interactive arts experiences. The event brings together the traditional flavors of Mexico and the Sonoran Desert with the uniquely inspired flavors of Tucson.
TASTE THE 23 Returns!
For the second year in a row, we invite the public to join the week-long celebration of Visit Tucson’s Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food by enjoying an array of deliciously can’t-miss deals at participating local restaurants. For the week following the main event at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, restaurants will provide specials with the theme of Taste the 23 Restaurant Week to celebrate the amazing culinary assets in Southern Arizona, starting on June 16th. Specials will be added at http://www.saaca.org/tastethe23.
“We’re thrilled to see the Tucson 23 festival return to the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass for another exciting year," said Dan Gibson, Visit Tucson's Communications Director. "Since the first event in 2016, there’s been continued national and international attention for the Mexican food found in our corner of the Sonoran Desert – including a James Beard award for our own El Guero Canelo and 2019 James Beard award nomination for El Charro Cafe - and on June 15th people will have a great opportunity to celebrate the Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food all in one place.”
In addition to the culinary delights, The Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival will feature traditional Latin music and beautiful folklorico and mariachi dance performances. Additionally, there will be several large 6' x 6' hand-made chalk murals, created by local artists, available for photo opportunities. A thirst-quenching variety of local Sonoran micro-brews will also be featured alongside new takes on traditional Mexican cocktails featuring the finest selection of tequila, mezcal and other local spirits.
Make it a real Father’s Day celebration with our venue partner, JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, by cashing in on the exciting Tucson 23 ticketholder special weekend getaway packages! Tucson 23 guests can secure a 2-Night stay for only $119 PER NIGHT (+resort rate & taxes). Guests can also enjoy first access to an array of FREE cultural cooking classes ($5 for non-hotel guests) before the event on Saturday, June 15th. The night before the event, Friday, June 14th, will also see the return of our highly celebrated Celebrity Chef Dinner.
More details with regard to specials, activities, participating restaurants, exhibitors, and entertainment schedule will be announced in the coming weeks athttps://www.saaca.org/tucson23.html.
Official event hashtag: #Tucson23.
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The Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival
When: Saturday, June 15 at 6 p.m.
Where: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd,
Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: (520) 797-3959 x 105
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to promote engagement in arts and culture, helping 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.
Visit Tucson is the official destination marketing organization for Tucson and southern Arizona. Its mission is to drive economic development by connecting visitors with their ideal travel and meetings experiences. Visit Tucson is financially supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, and the Town of Oro Valley and more than 500 individual and business partners. For more information, go to VisitTucson.org.
Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food
Tucson is home to the most authentic Mexican north of the border. The highest concentration of these restaurants is found within a 23-mile area that includes the City of South Tucson, Downtown, and lower midtown. At these terrific eateries, many of which are family-owned and decades old, the settings are casual, the ingredients are fresh, and the experience is unforgettable.
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Nestled on 50 acres in the saguaro-covered foothills of Tucson National Park, the AAA Four Diamond Starr Pass Resort & Spa is considered one of Tucson's premier destination resorts. Featuring 575 guestrooms (including 35 suites) with picturesque views, the resort offers 88,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, six dining experiences, 20,000 square-foot Hashani Spa, fitness center, a collection of outdoor water features including the meandering Starr Canyon River and Monsoon Falls waterslide, the Blur Teen Lounge and Rising Starr Kid's Club, two tennis courts and access to multiple hiking and biking trails on property. Starr Pass Golf Club features 27 holes of championship golf designed by Arnold Palmer. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is located just 12 miles from Tucson International Airport. With easy access to Interstate 10, the resort is a short 90 minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Visit us online, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort is located at 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard in Tucson.