Tickets include libation, and menu samplings from over 30 local Mexican restaurants, breweries and distilleries; enjoy live music, fabulous raffle, entertainment, art experiences and more!
Limited tickets for youths (ages 11-17) will be available at the door for $10/each when attending with an adult who has pre-purchased a Tucson 23 ticket. Children 10 and younger are free.
JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass
3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85745
Surround yourself with natural beauty at our Tucson resort. Nestled against the saguaro-covered foothills of Tucson Mountain Park, JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson Resort & Spa offers a tranquil yet animated mountaintop setting as natural as the surrounding desert itself. Our resort in Tucson, AZ merges surpassing luxury and personal service with family-friendly recreation, an incredible array of dining options and three nine-hole desert golf courses.
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The event will highlight some of the most authentic and delicious Mexican food offered in the United States-- sampling familiar favorites like tacos, fajitas, and molé to some possibly less familiar classics such raspados, sopes, and elotes. Featured cocktails, beer and libations will complement the tasting experience.
RESTAURANTS & EATERIES
In addition to the culinary delights, The Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival will feature traditional Latin music and beautiful dance performances as well as several hand-made murals, created by local artists, available for photo opportunities.
- Live Painting with Art By Eli
- Desert Designs Face Painting
- Sol Design Studio
- Consulate of Mexico in Tucson
- Green Screen Photography
- Mural Gallery featuring work by 12 Arizona muralists
- Ballet Folklorico La Paloma Dance Performance (5 PM - 7 PM)
- Live Mariachi Performance by Mariachi Valenzuela (5 PM - 6:30 PM)
- Live Music by Cool Breeze on Salud Patio (7:30 PM - 9:30 PM)
JW Marriott Starr Pass Weekend Activations
Celebrity Chef Dinner- SOLD OUT
6-course, prix fixe dinner
Friday, June 14, 2019, 6:30 PM
Located in Signature Grill
$55 per person
To make a reservation, call Signature Grill at (520) 791-6064. Limited seats available.
Featuring Chef Emily Dillport, Executive Chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and 3 wine makers from Mexico including Jorge Maciel from Cava Maciel, Santiago Cosio Pando from Bodega Santo Tomas & Paolo Paolini from Villa Montefiori.
Located in San Pedro and San Luis conference rooms on Saturday, June 15. Classes are complimentary for hotel guests and $5 for non-guests. No RSVP required. For wine and tequila classes, all attendees must be 21+; no children.
10:00 AM Celebration of Mexican Bread- Israel Diaz, Baker and Chris Johnson, Pastry Chef
11:00 AM The story of the Heirloom Tortilla in Southern Arizona- Chef Abel, 11-years old
12:00 PM Bodega Santo Thomas Wine
1:00 PM Villa Montefiori Wine
2:00 PM Cava Macial Wines
3:00 PM Tequila 101- Chris Santos, Tequila Master
Live Classical and Latin Guitar by Dr. Eduardo Minozzi Costa for Salud Patio Brunch (Saturday, 9:30 AM - 12 PM)
Live Latin Percussion Music by Cool Breeze on Salud Patio (7:30 PM - 9:30 PM)
Taste the 23 Week
This year's event will expand Tucson 23 into a week-long celebration of Visit Tucson's Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food directly from the source: the restaurants. In the week following the main event at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, participating restaurants will provide specials with the theme of Taste the 23 Restaurant Week to celebrate the amazing culinary assets in Southern Arizona. Select restaurants will host additional arts & entertainment experiences as part of the Taste the 23 Week with $23-$2.30 in restaurant specials! Valid June 16-22, 2019
More info and details available at the link below
Boca Tacos y Tequila
533 N. 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
Chips + Salsa, 2 Tacos and 2 Beers for $23
Dine in only
Churros El Rey
2565 E Commerce Center Pl, Tucson, AZ 85706
1 filled churro for $2.30- choice of fillings include, Caramel, Condensed milk, Chocolate, Strawberry, Pineapple, Cream Cheese, and Vanilla. (Normal price is $3.25)
2602 S. 4th Ave, South Tucson, AZ 85713
Dinner for 2 includes 2 beef tacos, 2 cheese enchiladas, rice & beans and 2 soft drinks for $23
El Antojo Poblano
1103 W Prince Rd, Tucson, AZ 85705
$23 SPECIAL & $2.30 SPECIAL
Family pack: 2 Huaraches and 1 Cemita for $23 /
1 Gordita for $2.30
Elvira's Restaurant. Bar. Tequila
256 E. Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Summer wine + dine for $23, Only Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during Taste the 23 Week
Ensenada Street Food
1602 S. Park Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713
Facebook- Ensenada Street Food
Family combo includes pastor, asada y birria tacos for $23
Mariscos Baja Mar
3541 S 12th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85713
$23 SPECIAL & 2 items for $3 SPECIAL
2 shrimp tacos for $3 / Seafood Sampler and 2 Soft Drinks for $23
1009 Grande Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85745
$23 SPECIAL & $2.30 SPECIAL
2 Tacos Platters, 2 Tostadas and 2 drinks for $23/ 1 Tostada de Ceviche for $2.30
Oasis Fruit Cones
4126 S. 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85714
Facebook- Oasis Fruit Cones
Small natural fruit raspado for $2.30
Ice cream and additional toppings are an extra $.75 each. There is no extra charge for fruit combinations.
50 W Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701
Grilled marinated bistro tender, esquites, scallion corn cake, served with mole verde and queso fresco for $23
5851 N. Oracle Rd, Tucson, AZ 85704
2 Lunch Buffets for $23.00, soft drink included / 2 Dinner Buffets for $23.00, soft drink included (or 2 Draft Beers) for $23.00
Rollies Mexican Patio
4573 S. 12th Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85714
1 Flat Enchilada for $2.30- Deep fried corn masa patty topped w/homemade enchilada sauce, cabbage, cotija cheese, fine shredded cheddar cheese, sliced green olives and diced white onion. Dine in only
3501 S. 12th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85713
¾ lb carne asada or combination of carne asada & pastor; two ribs, tortillas, salsas and veggies for $23.
Only to go or eat on patio area
Tanias 33 Mexican Food
614 North Grande Ave., Tucson, AZ 85745
8 oz soup and tortilla for $2.30- 13 Soups Daily, including beef, chicken, or vegan!
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