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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: 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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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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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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