2020 & 2021 EVENTS CANCELLED
After close review with our venue and culinary partners and the current Public Health crisis, SAACA has decided to cancel the Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival for Summer 2020 & 2021. Check back often and look for updates on programming and events in 2022.
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance partners with the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa for the fifth year to present a Mexican food festival celebrating Visit Tucson's Best 23 Miles of Mexican food in America campaign. The event will feature weekend stay-cation packages, food demos and education, live music and more.
Tucson is home to the most diverse Mexican food 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.
TASTE THE 23
Experience the culture and traditional foods directly in their establishments with these specials and incentives to visit the restaurants that are part of "The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food in America" campaign.
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.
Opportunties to get involved in the event will be posted in 2022
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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