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Agave Heritage Festival 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am - Sunday, May 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm MST

On April 28 – May 7, 2017, Tucson’s 9th annual Agave Heritage Festival at Hotel Congress explores and celebrates the cultural, commercial and culinary significance of agave on the border region through a festival of seminars, trade shows and world-class culinary events. The festival this year has grown to include new events and partners that share the appreciation of this timeless aspect of our city’s fauna.

CALENDAR OF EVENTS:

April 28th
• Mission Garden Presentation with Jesus Garcia – 4pm | $25, ages 21+/$5, ages 20-6/free for ages under 6 | Mission Garden – We will be firing up the roasting pit while learning more about agave preparation and tasting the best in agave spirits
April 29th
• Ancient Agave Garden Tour – 8:30-10am | $25 | U of A Desert Laboratory Tumamoc Hill – Agave Scholars 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 – 4:30-7:30pm | $25, ages 21+/$5, ages 20-6/free for ages under 6 | Mission Garden – Jesus Garcia is joined by Suzanne and Paul Fish and Carolyn Niethammer, to share tastes of roasted agave, how to cook it at home, make agave rope and more…and spirit tastings of course!
Tickets for Mission Garden Events can be purchases at: http://www.tucsonsbirthplace.org/news-events/#agaveweek

May 3rd
• Gentry Award Lecture on Mezcal Origins & Future – 12pm | Free | Haury Auditorium at University of Arizona – Ana Valenzuela presents an overview of mezcal research & conservation in Mexico, sponsored by Southwest Center
May 4th
• MEZcrawl – 7-9pm | $25/$40 (take home a commemorative t-shirt) | Check in at Hydra -Explore the agave spirits and cocktails from Rbar, Penca, Charro Steak,The Good Oak Bar and Borderlands Brewery
• Tucson City of Gastronomy Seminar – 6pm | $15 | Maynards Market & Kitchen Drawing Room – Natives Seeds/Search co-founder Gary Nabhan and President of United States Bartender Guild Tucson offer insight into the Agave plant and our Tucson City of Gastronomy distinction
• Mezcal and Chocolate Pairing Seminar featuring artisanal mezcal chocolatier Anayency Gomez – 7pm | $15 | Maynards Market & Kitchen Drawing Room
• Art In The Lobby featuring Diane Bombeshelter and Paul Mircocha – 6pm | FREE | Hotel Congress Lobby
May 5th
• Agave Heritage Dinner – 6:30-10pm | $110 (plus tax & gratuity) | Maynards Market & Kitchen Patio – Chef Janos Wilder and Chef Brian Smith of Maynards Market & Kitchen create a Sonoran inspired four-course dinner paired perfectly with agave-based cocktails including presentations by Ana Valenzuela-Zapata and Sergio Inurrigaro. Proceeds benefit Native Seeds/SEARCH
• Cinco De Mayo Concert – 9pm | FREE | Club Congress and El Tambo
• Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – This program explores local resources, with a special focus on Agave that the indigenous people 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
May 6th
• Agave Heritage Fest – 6-9pm | $30/$35 (at the door) | Hotel Congress – The Agave Party of the year offering 40+ agave-based spirits, an agave cocktail competition, live music from Vox Urbana, Agave 101 Seminar by Master Mezalier Sergio Inurrigario, light bites featuring Sonoran sopes,vegetarian Nopalitos ceviche, savory mushroom flautas and Borderlands Beer
• Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
• Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
May 7th
• 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 of the Cup Café will create a dining sensation paired with agave-inspired mimosa flights featuring an array of local products to amaze all you brunch aficionados. Proceeds from this brunch help benefit Mission Garden
• Fibers, Tequila and Fun – 10am & 1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
• Agave Garden Tours – 10am-1pm | Free with admission | Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

Event URLS:
Purchase Festival Tickets
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Mission Garden Tickets

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About Hotel Congress
Hotel Congress, a historic hotel, is home to the award-winning The Cup Café restaurant, famous Club Congress, and beautiful Copper Hall, located in the center of Downtown Tucson’s Historic East End. For more information call (520) 622-8848 or visit www.hotelcongress.com.

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Friday, April 28, 2017 @ 8:00 am
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Sunday, May 7, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Hotel Congress
311 E. Congress Street
Tucson, AZ 85701 United States
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Phone:
(520) 622-8848

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