What: 2017 Agave Heritage Festival
When: April 28-May 7, 2017
Where: Various locations in Tucson, AZ
If you thought the annual week-long Agave Heritage Festival was just about drinking tequila, think again. One year after Tucson was designated the first UNESCO World City of Gastronomy in the U.S., the Agave Heritage Festival has partnered with people and organizations such as Gary Nabhan (Native Seeds/SEARCH, University of Arizona), Janos Wilder (Downtown Kitchen+Cocktails, The Carriage House), Edible Baja Arizona, and Mission Gardens to honor the designation with seminars, heritage dinners, events that benefit local gardens, and, of course, tequila.
Here are just a few of the UNESCO-related events that will take place during the 2017 Agave Heritage Festival:
Tucson City of Gastronomy Seminar (May 4): Head to Maynards Market & Kitchen Drawing Room to learn more about Tucson’s designation as the first UNESCO 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 Gary Nabhan, renowned nature activist and founding director of the Center for Regional Food Systems and Aaron Defeo, celebrated mixologist and founder of the Tucson chapter of the USBG.
Agave Heritage Dinner (May 5): Relax on the Maynards Market & Kitchen Patio while culinary giants Chef Janos Wilder and Chef Brian Smith collaborate to create a Sonoran-style 4-course dinner with agave based cocktail pairings just for you. Proceeds from this dinner benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH.
Fibers, Tequila and Fun (May 6): Pay for admission to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum and participate for free in this program, which explores local resources (such as Agaves) that native peoples of the Sonoran Desert region have traditionally used for food, beverage, medicines, fibers, and more. Then, spend the rest of the day exploring the wonderful exhibits at the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum.
Agave Heritage Brunch (May 7): End this year’s Agave Heritage Festival celebration at The Carriage House 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 benefit Mission Garden.
See you there!