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Your Complete Guide to
the 2017 Agave Heritage Festival

Indulge in seven days of mezcal, heritage dinners, and fascinating seminars.

April 24, 2017

Upcoming Events

What: 2017 Agave Heritage Festival
When: April 28-May 7, 2017
Where: Various locations in Tucson, AZ

If you have any interest in Tucson’s designation as a UNESCO World Cty of Gastronomy, tequila, or simply having a good time, you’re sure to find something to do at this year’s week-long Agave Heritage Festival. Spearheaded by talented folks such as Todd Hanley (Hotel Congress, Maynards), award-winning chef Janos Wilder (Downtown Kitchen+Cocktails, The Carriage House), and Gary Nabhan (Native Seeds/SEARCH, University of Arizona) the 7-day event is packed with events ranging from UNESCO seminars and garden tours to tequila parirings and heritage dinners.

The 2017 Agave Heritage Festival boasts over 20 incredible agave-centered events, making it easy to see why Bravo TV named it one of the 7 best boozy festivals around the world. Yes, the world. Right up there with Oktoberfest, right in your own backyard. If that doesn’t compell you to go, this complete list of events from the 2017 Agave Heritage Festival is sure to gear you up for the annual event:

April 28th 

Mission Garden Presentation – 4pm | $25/$5/free | Mission Garden – Jesus Garcia fires up the agave pit while sharing about agave preparation and tasting the best in agave spirits.

April 29th

Ancient Agave Garden Tour – 8:30am | $25 | U of A Desert Laboratory Tumamoc Hill – Suzanne and Paul Fish take you on a fascinating tour of ancient agave roasting sites, right in our backyard.

Mission Garden Presents The Opening Of The Fire Pit – 4:30pm | $25/$5/free | Mission Garden – Jesus Garcia is joined by Suzanne and Paul Fish and Carolyn Niethammer to share tastes of roasted agave, show you how to cook it at home, make agave rope, and more … and taste spirits, of course!

Tickets for Mission Garden Events can be purchases here.

May 3rd

Gentry Award Lecture on Mezcal Origins & Future – 12-1:30pm | Free | Haury Auditorium at University of Arizona Ana Valenzuela presents an overview of mezcal research & conservation in Mexico, sponsored by Southwest Center.


Agave Heritage Festival Week Proclamation from Mayor Rothschild
– 2pm | Free | Hotel Congress Lobby – Mayor Rothschild makes Agave Heritage Festival official!

Agave Heritage International Tradeshow – 3pm | Invitation Only | Mexican Consulate – Hotel Congress and the Mexican Consulate have found a way to showcase inaccessible Mexican agave products to US purveyors from the culinary industry helping create new partnerships and international connections. Tickets here.

Agave Heritage VIP Party – 6pm | Invitation Only | Tucson Botanical Garden – Finish the night with this exclusive VIP party! Tickets here.

May 4th

 Art In The Lobby – 6pm | FREE | Hotel Congress Lobby – Come and see the great art work of local artists Diane Bombshelter and Paul Mirocha displayed on the famous walls of Hotel Congress during the festival event dates.

Tucson City of Gastronomy Seminar – 6pm | $15 | Maynards Market & Kitchen Drawing Room – Learn more about Tucson’s designation as the first UNESCO World City of Gastronomy in the United States and how the native agave plant continues to be a source of inspiration to our food, local products and economics. Spearheading the seminar is renowned nature activist and founding director of the Center for Regional Food Systems, Gary Paul Nabhan, and celebrated mixologist and founder of the Tucson chapter of the USBG, Aaron Defeo.

Mezcal and Chocolate Pairing Seminar – 7pm | $15 | Maynards Market & Kitchen Drawing Room – Chocolates can bring out the distinctive characteristics of Mezcal in a unique way. Join artisanal chocolatier Anayency Gomez and experience how these two complement each other!

MEZcrawl – 7-9pm | $25/$40 (take home a commemorative t-shirt) | Check in at Hydra – Explore downtown’s many takes on Mezcal. Starting at Hydra, you will map your way across participating bars: Good Oak Bar, Rbar, Penca, Borderlands Brewery and Charro Steak. Join this event for an exciting night on the town filled with agave spirits, great cocktails and paired lite bites.

May 5th

Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – This program explores local resources, with a special focus on Agaves that native peoples of the Sonoran Desert region have traditionally used for food, beverage, medicines, fibers, and more.

Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Enjoy a tour of the Agave Garden from Desert Museum horticulturist, Jason Wiley.

Cryptic Gardens and Cryptic Agaves – 1:30pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Learn how Pre-Columbian agave clones persisted in our Sonoran landscape from A.D. 600 to the present with Wendy Hodgson & Andrew Salywon.

Agave Heritage Dinner – 6:30-10pm | $110 (plus tax & gratuity) | Maynards Market & Kitchen Patio – Culinary giants Chef Janos Wilder and Chef Brian Smith collaborate to create this Sonoran-style 4-course dinner with agave based cocktail pairings. Proceeds from this dinner help benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH.

Cinco De Mayo Concert – 9pm | FREE | Club Congress – Tucson, come and party with us at this fun and colorful event!

May 6th

Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – This program explores local resources, with a special focus on Agaves that native peoples of the Sonoran Desert region have traditionally used for food, beverage, medicines, fibers, and more.

Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with addmission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Enjoy a tour of the Agave Garden from Desert Museum horticulturist, Jason Wiley.

Agave Heritage Fest – 6-9pm | $30/$35 (at the door) | Hotel Congress – The nationally acclaimed Agave Fest is the tequila+ party of the year! Immerse yourself in this annual celebration with over 40 tastes of tequilas, mezcals, sotols & bacanoras. The Hotel Congress plaza will come alive with a cocktail competition, education, live demonstrations, music and much more! The party starts at 6pm with an Agave 101 by Master Mezalier Sergio Inurrigario so don’t miss out!

May 7th

Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – This program explores local resources, with a special focus on Agaves that native peoples of the Sonoran Desert region have traditionally used for food, beverage, medicines, fibers, and more.

Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – Enjoy a tour of the Agave Garden from Desert Museum horticulturist, Jason Wiley.

Agave Heritage Brunch – 11am-1pm | $55 (plus tax & gratuity) | The Carriage House – End this year’s celebration with a culinary fusion 4-course brunch. Chef Janos Wilder and Chef Anthony Coluci will create a dining sensation paired with agave inspired mimosa flights. Proceeds from this brunch help benefit Mission Garden.

Purchase event tickets here.

 







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