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Agave Heritage Festival 2019

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, May 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm MST

Agave Heritage Festival 2019: Culinary Events on April 23 – May 5, 2019 at Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St., Dwntown Tucson, AZ.

Come taste, sip, and indulge in an array of culinary events boasting an impressive lineup of prominent figures in gastronomy and mixology from around the world. Tucson’s own James Beard nominee Chef Kevin Fink (Emmer and Rye – Austin, TX), James Beard Award Winner Chris Bianco (Pizzeria Bianco and Tratto – Phoenix, AZ) and the internationally acclaimed Modern Mixologist and author Tony Abou Ganim join the overflowing list of stars from the culinary world participating in this year’s events. The Festival also brings mixologists from The Delice Network cities, including like Brussels and Lyon, to Tucson to showcase creative cocktails using ingredients from their regions and artisanal agave spirits!

Ignite Agave! | Fox Theatre | April 26

Thi evening of high energy performances and presentations by world-renowned ecologists, chefs, bacanora producers, and agave aficionados is best experienced with the culinary perks of VIP tickets! Explore the collaborative menu from Food and Wine’s Best New Chef Kevin Fink and Tucson’s Iron Chef Brian Smith, which features locally inspired hors-d’oeuvres paired with agave spirit cocktails in the exclusive VIP section.

On the Wings of Sustainability: A Pollinator Summit & Brunch | Aravaipa Farms Orchard & Inn | April 27
Find new inspiration to create change at this once in a lifetime brunch in Aravaipa Canyon with our sister City of Gastronomy, San Antonio, TX. This exclusive 4-course brunch created by Chef Elizabeth Johnson (Pharm Table – San Antonio, TX) features local ingredients from Aravaipa Orchard and Farm, local purveyor Pivot Produce, and a honey tasting experience from Tucson’s favorite beekeeper, Noel Patterson. Experience the importance of pollination by bats, bees, and monarch butterflies with presentations from the foremost experts.

Agave Heritage Dinner | Hotel Congress | May 3
Celebrate our agricultural history and the Three Sisters Farming Technique with this truly special 4-course dinner. Leading the creation of this culinary experience are two of the industry’s most celebrated stars: James Beard Awarded Chef Chris Bianco and internationally renowned mixologist Tony Abou Ganim. Proceeds benefit the local nonprofit organization, Native Seeds/SEARCH.

The Agave Heritage Festival, founded by Todd Hanley, GM of Hotel Congress, was established in Tucson, first U.S. city to receive the UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, in 2008. The Festival explores and celebrates the cultural commercial and culinary significance of agave on the border region through a festival of world-class culinary events, film, arts, music, seminars, trade shows, and more. The festival, which was established as a registered trademark event this year, has become a signature regional celebration attracting visitors from the Southwest and beyond, with a vision to make Tucson a premier destination for ‘all things agave’.

This year’s festival partners are Rio Nuevo, Visit Tucson, Start-up Tucson, TenWest Festival, The University of Arizona, the Tucson City of Gastronomy, Tohono Chul, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Sysco Food Services, Bat Conservation International and numerous local businesses. Many of the events featured in the festival raise funds to help support local organizations like Mission Garden and Native Seeds/SEARCH.

To learn more about the 2019 festival, please visit

About Agave Heritage Festival
Exploring and celebrating the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of the agave across borders. Learn more at

“The agave, in short, was meat, drink, clothing, and writing materials for the Aztec! Surely, never did Nature enclose in so compact a form so many of the elements of human comfort and civilization!”

– William H. Prescott


Tuesday, April 23, 2019 @ 8:00 am MST
Sunday, May 5, 2019 @ 5:00 pm MST
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Hotel Congress
311 E. Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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