Agave Expo
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Agave Expo

Engage all things agave in this pop-up bazaar at the Hotel Congress! Visit local vendors and nurseries while enjoying live music and entertainment for agave spirit tastings and an agave plant you can take home. There will also be Arizona Sonora Desert Museum presentations and a book signing by Chasing Centuries author Ron Parker. Attend expert-led talks given by artists, historians, ethnobotanists, and makers. Enjoy refreshing treats and live music as you explore the world of agave!

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Agave Heritage Dinner
May
3
6:30 PM18:30

Agave Heritage Dinner

James Beard Award winning chef Chris Bianco and celebrated mixologist Tony Abou Ganim collaborate alongside the chefs from Maynards Market & Kitchen and The Cup Café to present an exclusive dining experience. This four-course dinner with cocktails showcases the Three Sisters Farming technique with a focus on local squash. The proceeds from this dinner event will support Native Seeds SEARCH.

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Agave: Spirit of the World
May
3
6:00 PM18:00

Agave: Spirit of the World

Join Tony Abou Ganim, one of the world’s premiere and innovative cocktail masters and a team of international mixologists participating in this year’s Délice Network Meeting as they reimagine cocktails from their hometowns using Young’s Market’s portfolio of agave spirits. The event will feature foods celebrating our UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, created by Janos Wilder and the culinary team from The Carriage House.

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Agave: A Spirit Without Borders
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

Agave: A Spirit Without Borders

Join us around the politics and practice of agave cultivation and distillation from a commercial and domestic approach, while exploring the benefits and challenges of the industry in the emerging US agave industry.  Enjoy spirit samplings along with hors d'oeuvres featuring local heritage ingredients crafted by Maynards Market & Kitchen Executive Chef Brian Smith.

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MEZCrawl
May
2
7:00 PM19:00

MEZCrawl

Dive into the cocktail world of mezcal, sipping and strolling through the bars and lounges of Downtown Tucson, with local agave spirit enthusiasts and international mixologists participating in this year’s Délice Network Meeting. Agave spirit enthusiasts at each participating bar will create a cocktail for you with one common ingredient - MEZCAL!

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ASDM Gala Dinner
Apr
28
5:00 PM17:00

ASDM Gala Dinner

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Join Maynards Market & Kitchen Executive Chef Brian Smith at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Gala Dinner!

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Mark your calendar for a memorable evening of fine dining, amazing auction items, lively music, and desert lovers supporting the Desert Museum. This year we feature Sonoran nights and all things unique to the Desert at night! Individual tickets are $250 each, and sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. Raffle tickets to win a handcrafted bronze Sonoran desert tortoise sculpture by Mark Rossi are $25 per ticket or 5 tickets for $100.

NOTE: Seating for this popular event is limited to 550 guests, and is usually reached long before the deadline for reservations on April 8th. Any reservations received after we reach 550 guests will be placed on a waiting list, and guests will be notified. For more event information, or to make your reservation today, purchase online now, or contact Lynnae Wenker, Development Officer & Grant Writer, at 520-883-3005, lwenker@desertmuseum.org.


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Agave Fiesta
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

Agave Fiesta

This annual signature event showcases all things agave, including presentations, over 30 agave spirits, and an agave cocktail showdown. Enjoy live music, delicious food, agave spirit tastings, agave art, and other goods produced or inspired by the agave plant. 

Discover the nuances of and differences between mezcal, bacanora, and tequila, get to know the producers themselves, and enjoy delicious food pairings during the exclusive VIP event from 6-8pm!

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On the Wings of Sustainability: A Pollinator Summit & Brunch
Apr
27
9:00 AM09:00

On the Wings of Sustainability: A Pollinator Summit & Brunch

Find new inspiration to create change at this event with presentations on pollinators, a honey tasting experience with Miraval’s Noel Patterson, and an exquisite farm-to-table brunch created by Chef Elizabeth Johnson featuring produce sourced from Aravaipa Farms and local purveyor Pivot Produce.

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El Tambó Fest
Apr
26
to Apr 27

El Tambó Fest

El Tambó Fest 2019 brings together legendary cumbia bands from across the borderlands and cutting edge DJs from across the nation for one night of discussion, food, Don Julio and Mezcal Vago drink specials all night long, and a massive dance party all hosted at two stages at the historic Hotel Congress in downtown Tucson, Arizona. El Tambó Fest understands cumbia not only an irresistible rhythm but also a musical lengua franca that connects our communities across our borderlands region.

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Ignite Agave!
Apr
26
7:00 PM19:00

Ignite Agave!

An engaging presentation about food, agriculture, beverage, and culture that features live music, celebrity chefs, botanists, and business owners highlighting the importance of sustainability and the agave plant’s impact on our region.

VIP ticket holders enjoy exclusive early entrance at 6pm, access to balcony seating, specialty cocktails, and light bites crafted with local heritage ingredients by Tucson’s very own Chef Kevin Fink of Emmer & Rye and Chef Brian Smith of Maynards Market & Kitchen.

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Agave University: An Immersive Exploration of All Things Agave
Mar
31
2:00 PM14:00

Agave University: An Immersive Exploration of All Things Agave

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Agave is not just for drinking and bad choices! Dive deep into the natural and cultural history of the agave plant family in this 3-hour Cultural Immersion Experience. Learn about the botany, genetic diversity, conservation, and traditional knowledge associated with sustainable use of wild agave for mescal production in Mexico, how the Hohokam of southern Arizona cultivated agave for food and other uses a thousand years ago, and how efforts to save the lesser long-nosed bat are tied to commercial tequila production. This interactive class led by several experts concludes with tastings to introduce you to the wide world of agave spirits, including lesser-known alternatives to tequila. This class will also be a preview of the upcoming Agave Heritage Festival celebrating the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of agave in the border region.      


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