Arizona Sonora News: There's More to Agave Than Tequila
May 2, 2018

You can sip me, you can eat me and you can moisturize with me—what am I?
The agave plant.

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Tucson Weekly: Succulent Celebration
April 26, 2018

Like the potato of Northern Europe or the yam of Western Africa, the agave plant fits a crucial culinary and cultural niche in the Sonoran Desert. For centuries, locals have harvested the plant's broad jutting leaves to make food, create art and black out on tequila. Now, Tucson is once again paying homage to the plant of centuries with the 10th annual Agave Heritage Festival.

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Yelp Tucson: Agave 101 in Tucson
April 25, 2018

The Agave plant is a cherished succulent Tucsonans know and love. We find it in the wild, we see it in our neighbors yard and yes, we eat and drink it! There’s a slew of spirits produced from the agave plant, most notably tequila, But what about the others? 

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Arizona Daily Star: Tucson festival and activities for April 26-May 4
April 19, 2018

Check out Arizona Daily Star's roundup of events!

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KGUN9: Agave Heritage and San Ysidro Festivals at Mission Garden
April 18, 2018

Kendall Kroesen and Mario Nuño-Whelan tell us about the upcoming Agave Heritage Festival and San Ysidro Festival at the Mission Garden.

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This Is Tucson: 5 Agave Heritage Festival Events You Won't Wanna Miss
April 16, 2018

“Why do you care about a spiny succulent? Because this indigenous plant sustained Tucsonans for thousands of years before we came along. And more recently, agave gave birth to a little drink we call Tequila (or mezcal if you're serious about it). Now that's something to celebrate!"

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This Is Tucson: 61 Amazing Things to do in Tucson this April
March 28, 2018

“Explore and celebrate the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of agave on the border region through a festival of seminars, trade shows, and world class culinary events. Events include a Hohokam agave tour, firing the agave roasting pit, El Tambo Fest, Agave Fiesta, art exhibits, garden plantings and tours, dinners, documentary showing and more."

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Tucson Foodie: 10th Annual Agave Heritage Festival: Agave Dinners, Seminars & More
March 9, 2018

“Tucson’s Agave Heritage Week is back and better than ever with the 10th annual Agave Heritage Festival from Friday, April 27 – Sunday, May 6. This year, look for agave tastings, seminars, art exhibits, garden tours, world-class culinary events, and much more. Additional events and revised events will join the celebration, such as the downtown stroll known as the MEZCrawl and the Agave Heritage Dinner at Maynards Market & Kitchen. With the amount of events happening throughout the week, you’ll need to plan wisely, accordingly, and with the utmost dedication to all things agave. “Best Danceparty,”

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NPR: Why Doesn't Tucson's Mexican Food Scene Get More National Attention?
March 6, 2018

“In the fall of 2012, I discovered the best hot sauce in the United States in, of all places, Tucson. I had just finished a lecture at the University of Arizona on my then-new book, Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. My host was Maribel Alvarez, a professor of anthropology at the school who is the executive program director for the Southwest Folklife Alliance. She documents food traditions of the Arizona-Sonora borderlands, and she sent me back home with a goody bag of regional delights: carne seca (sundried beef), tepary beans (a small, meaty legume grown by natives since time immemorial) and flour tortillas called sobaqueras that are the size of a basketball hoop.

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George Clooney and Rande Gerber Launch New Casamigos Mezcal
February 13, 2018

Try Casamigos' new mezcal at El Tambó Fest Night One!

“When you sell your company for $1 billion, it can be easy to lose your hunger for business. But apparently George Clooney and Rande Gerber still have a thirst for more. The longtime friends, who sold their five-year-old tequila company, Casamigos, to Diageo last year for $700 million (with the potential for another $300 million based on sales performance over the next decade) are expanding the Casamigos portfolio with their first mezcal—which will be available on April 1, across the United States, Australia, the U.K., and Canada at $60 for 750ml."

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Arizona Daily Star: Remember Cup It Up? Top Tucson food stories in 2017
January 4, 2018

“Hotel Congress’ ninth annual Agave Heritage Festival last May took on a few more partners including Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson Botanical Gardens and the Mexican Consulate to offer dinners, seminars and other food-centric events spread over four days.

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May 5, 2017

“The ninth annual Agave Heritage Festival moves around downtown through the weekend. It’s May, which means the Hotel Congress is hosting its Agave Heritage Festival, now in it’s ninth year and bigger than ever. And it has its very own official proclamation — Mayor Jonathan Rothschild planned to declare “Agave Heritage Festival Days,” through May 7.

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Travelcraft Journal: Agave Heritage Week
May 1, 2017

“Can you name all the U.S. cities that have the UNESCO “City of Gastronomy” designation? There’s actually only one: Tucson, Arizona. It received the designation, in part, because of its agricultural tradition that goes back thousands of years. One of the early plants cultivated in the region for food, medicine, and fiber was agave, the spiked succulent best known today for tequila.

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Local First AZ: Tucson Celebrates with Arizona's Largest Agave Festival
April 28, 2017

“Although other cities may host a single day of tequila tastings on Cinco de Mayo, Tucson has stepped into the spotlight with an entire week celebrating all things agave with Agave Heritage Week.  What started years ago, as a cocktail competition at Hotel Congress has expanded to encompass over 20 events showcasing every aspect of agave from roasting and growing, to drinking and eating.

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Tucson Foodie: Agave Spirit Tastings, Dinners, Seminars & More at Agave Heritage Festival
April 24, 2017

“Tucson’s Agave Heritage Week returns this year for its ninth iteration as the Agave Heritage Festival from April 28 through May 7. This year, enjoy more than a week of celebrating the cultural, commercial, and culinary significance of agave in Arizona through a festival of seminars, trade shows, and world-class culinary events.

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Aztec Press: BEST BETS - Bike buffs, tequila lovers, folk freaks unite
April 20, 2017

“With spring’s 80-degree days, it couldn’t be a finer time in Tucson to celebrate what makes the city so quirky, cultural and fun.

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KGUN 9 On Your Side: Weekend events including everything from Sesame Street to Tequila to Folk Music
April 2017

“Mrs. Grant from 94.9 Mix FM stops in to give us a list of weekend events including the big Centurions party, Agave Festival, Folk Festival, Sesame Street Live and much more.

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