Tickets for 13th Annual World Margarita Championship Food & Beverage Competition Have Sold Out Following Participant and Menu Announcement
Original margaritas, outstanding food pairings, interactive arts experiences and live music are on the menu this Friday in Oro Valley for sold out event
Attendees will celebrate local culinary diversity while supporting local restaurants and the arts at the 13th annual World Margarita Championship this weekend in Oro Valley at a sold out event. The event is a culinary collaboration between the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, Tucson Original Restaurants and the El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort and is one of Tucson Original Restaurants longest running community events. The festivities will kick off this Friday, August 10th at 6:00PM and guests will have full access to sample more than a dozen original Margaritas and menu pairings from over 20 Tucson Original Restaurants. Attendees and an esteemed panel of judges will have the pleasure of voting on their favorite entries, and winners will be awarded at the end of the evening.
Event entertainment will include a variety of arts experiences such as live dancing by Ballet Folklorico Tapatio and live music with Aztral Folk performing World Music, a mural gallery contributed by Arizona artists, live painting by Victor Navarro, painted bottle centerpieces created in partnership with Lucky Cat Social Art, and a raffle featuring art pieces, premium reserve bottles of Don Julio tequila hand painted by local artists, an El Conquistador Tucson, Hilton Resort package, a Top Golf package, a Tucson Originals Restaurants gift card package, and many more!
The El Conquistador Tucson is set against the beautiful back drop of Pusch Ridge and the Santa Catalina Mountains giving guests a picturesque setting to enjoy an al fresco experience on the Don Julio Patio featuring the event's tequila sponsor Don Julio.
All proceeds from the event will benefit Tucson Originals Restaurants and SAACA's Community Arts Programming, which includes Veterans Art Therapy, Creative Aging Programs, and provides opportunities for over 700 local artists each year.
The 2018 World Margarita Championship Participants and Menus:
Bisbee Breakfast Club
Featured Margarita: Smoked Margarita - “Smokey, Smokey Margarita”
Menu Pairing: Chocolate Bacon
Featured Margarita: Purple Blossom -A zesty citrus ginger hibiscus margarita
Menu Pairing: Spicy Sushi Roll with pickled slaw
Featured Margarita: Paradiso Margarita with Sesame Infused Don Julio, Homemade lime liquor, passionfruit puree, black salt rim
Menu Pairing: Tequila Cured Salmon with Mexican Moonshine Vinaigrette, sliced mixed olives, Orange Love, avocado foam, tortillas
Featured Margarita: Flying Cisne- Tropical infused margarita
Menu Pairing: Bacon-Wrapped Fried Avocado - Panko battered, bacon wrapped avocado
Featured Margarita: Ciscorita and Molinito Blue
Elvira's Tequila + Cocina + Vino
Featured Margarita: Pepino! Cool and refreshing for Tucson heat!
Menu Pairing: Caribe Tacos - Breaded rockfish on jicama "tortilla"
Fresco Pizzaria and Pastaria
Featured Margarita: Bitter Orange Margarita
Menu Pairing: Candied Orange Cannoli
Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery & Bistro
Featured Margarita: Minted Margarita -Classic drink with fresh organic mint
Menu Pairing: Prickly Pear Margarita Cupcake (Gluten Free)
Guadalajara Mexican Grill
Featured Margarita: Spicy Mango Margarita
Featured Menu Pairing: Table Side Salsa (Vegetarian)
Menu Pairing: Kingfisher's Thai Red Curry Coconut Shrimp, Jasmine rice
Cielos at the Lodge On The Desert
Featured Margarita: "Kiss Me Thru the Foam" Watermelon, Citrus, Passion fruit
Menu Pairing: AguaChiles De Tucson -Chile Spiked Chicano Ceviche (Gluten Free)
Mama's Hawaiian BBQ
Featured Margarita: POG Margarita - Passion fruit, orange and guava
Menu Pairing: Macadamia Nut Lemon Square
Featured Margarita: Dragon Margarita - Exotic Dragon fruit with
Roca Patron and citrus
Menu Pairing: Barbacoa -tender beef cooked with veggies
Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria
Featured Margarita: Fragola, Rocks -Strawberries, cucumber, basil, delicious
Menu Pairing: Panzanella Fragola - A summer bread salad with strawberries
Featured Margarita: El Conquistador Grande - Secret Family History Recipe
Menu Pairing: Chef Steven's Taco Surprise (Vegetarian, Gluten Free)
Tanque Verde Guest Ranch
Featured Margarita: Hellfire Margarita - Don Julio, Serrano, Habenero, Peach Puree
Menu Pairing: Corncake with Barbacoa & Roasted Jalapeno Crema
Tequila Factory at Casino del Sol
Featured Margarita: Hielo Verde Margarita - Classic Margarita with Frozen Sorbet
Menu Pairing: Chiltepin + White Sonoran Wheat Salad
- Whipped Goat Cheese & Prickly Pear (Vegetarian)
The Dutch Eatery & Refuge
Featured Margarita: Monzón Margarita - A Sonoran Desert Mesquite Margarita!
Menu Pairing: duck a l'kumquat tacos - kumquat braised duck & slaw (Gluten Free)
Thunder Canyon Brewstillery
Featured Margarita: El Sabroso Guey - Bitters and spice and everything nice
Menu Pairing: Smoked Brisket Taco - Smoked Brisket, Stout BBQ, Pickled Onion
Featured Margarita: Perfectly Juicy Guava Margarita
- A sweet lightly citrus margarita
Menu Pairing: Habanero Carrot Carnitas Spicy - Carnitas tacos on flour tortillas
Featured Margarita: Vero Amore's Italian Margarita - Italian Twist, Rosemary Infused Simple Syrup and the Sweet Accent of Limoncello Aperitif
2018 World Margarita Championship
When: Friday, August 10th at 6 PM
Where: El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort 1000 N Oracle Road
Tickets: TICKETS SOLD OUT
Phone: (520) 797-3959 x 105
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Tucson Originals Restaurants
Tucson Originals Restaurants exemplify the independent spirit and the rich culinary heritage that is Tucson. Formed in 1999, the Tucson Originals have been the driving force and model for similar groups all across America who are working to preserve the culinary spirit of their communities. With the rapid rise of chain eateries, this alliance has helped many of Tucson’s signature restaurants survive and thrive. They are your neighbors and friends who contribute endlessly to the betterment of our community. You will find them represented at countless charitable events and outreach efforts throughout the year. They are the first to give when there is a need. We hope you will give them your support and enjoy their offerings in return.
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a nonprofit 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 both the young and the old.
For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, go to www.saaca.org.