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Agave Heritage Festival 2018

Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - Sunday, May 6, 2018 @ 9:00 pm MST

The 10th annual Agave Heritage Festival is filled with culinary events this year that explore the heritage foods of our region and invite chefs from around the country to collaborate with renown chefs from our gastronomic city. From April 27 to May 6, the Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St in Tucson, AZ., becomes a foodie paradise with culinary experiences throughout the city.

Explore Agave Heritage Festival events with a cultural twist with El Tambo Fest 2018 Night One, the Agave Fiesta, Agave heritage Festival Documentary Screening, El Tambo Fest 2018 Night Two, Free Family Friendly Cinco De Mayo and the traditional 10th annual Cinco De Mayo celebration hosted by Hotel Congress.

The Hotel Congress hosts the first ever International Trade Mission in Tucson featuring ten Mexican artisanal mezcal producers for the 10th Annual Agave Heritage Festival! In close collaboration with Pro Mexico, these leading producers from Oaxaca, Puebla, and Durango are traveling to the States to showcase their agave spirits at several festival events: Agave Fiesta, the Agave Heritage Festival Business Tradeshow, and the FREE Family Friendly Cinco de Mayo Celebration. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to discover these artisanal mezcals currently unavailable in the United States!

Educational Events

Explore Agave Festival events with an educational component with Hohokam Agave Tour, Firing the Agaving Roasing Pit, Agave Field Tour on Tumamoc hill, Opening of the Agave Roasting Pit, Agave Garden Planting, Bacanora: Spirit of the Sonoran Desert, and many more.

Culinary and Spirit Events

Explore Agave spirit and culinary events with An Evening with Janos: Celebrating Tucson’s Culinary Master, Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Gala Dinner, Pulque & Barrio Bread, Agave Heritage Dinner, Agave Heritage Brunch, Business Tradeshow, the MEZCrawl and many more.

In celebration Chef Janos Wilder’s 25+ years of commitment to the Tucson culinary and non-profit scene, chefs and collaborators who have been guided in their careers by Janos, and are now acclaimed for their own work, are reuniting for one evening to join forces on this dinner to celebrate Chef Wilder. Pulling from the Janos recipe archives while incorporating the heritage of the agave, this select group of culinary talents will each work on a course, appetizers, entrees and dessert. Participating chefs include: Bryan Vernon, Patrick Fahey, David La Force, Carlos Calderon, Bruce Yim, Marianne Banes, Devon Sanner and Brian Smith.

Menu highlight

Lamb in Mole Negro with Ayocote Morado Beans
spring vegetables with Sonoran wheat berries in agave mojo
– created by Chef David LaForce, True Foods

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Tucson’s favorite baker, Don Guerra from Barrio Bread is teaming up with the cocktail masters from Sidecar to create a unique pairing event – agave cocktails and bread infused with pulque! Pulque is a ritual intoxicant created from the sap of the agave plant. The event highlights the history of our region and the creative approach to incorporating it into our future.

Menu highlight

Specialty dipping sauces for Barrio Bread
– created in collaboration with Don Guerra and Riley Chandler

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The only two US Cities of Gastronomy, Tucson and San Antonio come together to celebrate the heritage cuisine of the Sonoran Desert. Guest Chef Elizabeth Johnson from Pharm Table collaborates with the chefs from Maynards Market & Kitchen and Cup Café to create an exquisite four course wine dinner experience.

Menu highlight

Cochineal Ceviche
cochineal, baja red snapper, sweet potato, meyer lemon, leche de tigre, watermelon radishes, mezcal, edible flowers
– created by Chef Elizabeth Johnson, Pharm Table

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Collaboration is something chefs Brian Smith (Maynards Kitchen) and Michael Montesano (Tohono Chul) know very well. These two have worked together on the international culinary platform to shine a light on the gastronomic scene of Tucson. They join once again for this special brunch, which brings to an end the weeklong Agave Heritage Festival.

Menu highlight

“60 Day Corn” Milk Panna Cotta
peach and mescal conserva, chiltepin shortbread
– created in collaboration with Brian Smith and Michael Montesano

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Friday, April 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm MST
Sunday, May 6, 2018 @ 9:00 pm MST
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