10th Annual World Margarita Championship Saturday October 17

World Margarita Championship
6pm, Oct. 17, 2015
Westward Look Resort
245 East Ina Road
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The Southern Arizona Arts and Culture Alliance (SAACA) and Tucson Originals Restaurants are teaming up again to present the 10th Annual World Margarita Championship, Saturday, October 17, at the Plaza Colonial Courtyard.

Top chefs from local Tucson restaurants will re-imagine and mix classic margarita recipes on a live stage as they compete in friendly competition.

Four winners will be crowned the competition’s best. First and Second Place “World’s Greatest Margarita” awards go to the judges’ favorites and First and Second Place “People’s Choice” honors the crowd favorites.

Last year, Casino del Sol Resort took home First Place for Judges Choice, while Le Rendez-Vous was awarded First Place for Peoples Choice.

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Participants in the 2015 World Margarita Championship

  • Agustin Kitchen
    • Featured Margarita: Damiana Margarita – Blanco Tequila, Citrus Oleo Saccharum, Lime
  • Casino Del Sol Resort
    • Menu Item: Carne Asada Taco & Grilled Chili Chicken Taco
  • Dante’s Fire
    • Featured Margarita:  Peach Bum – Margarita meets beer cocktail with an all Arizona theme
  • Ghinis French Caffe
    • Menu Item: Deconstructed Tomato Basil Bruschetta
    • Featured Margarita: Lavender Lemon Drop – Lavender infused, fresh lemon margarita
  • Gourmet Girls Gluten Free Bakery/Bistro
    • Menu Item: Mini carne asada nachos
    • Featured Margarita: 24 Carrot Gold Margarita – A twist on the usual margarita featuring the classic ingredients with the surprise addition of carrot juice
  • Jonathan’s Cork
    • Featured Margarita: Schmilsson Schmargarita – She put the time in the coconut, she drank a bowl up
  • Kingfisher Bar & Grill
    • Menu Item: Kingfisher’s Shrimp Cakes, Horseradish Aioli, Sriracha
    • Featured Margarita: Grapefruit MargarIPA – classic sweet and sour tastes with local ingredients and Casamigos tequila
  • Le Rendez-Vous Bistro and Restaurant
    • Featured Margarita: Indigo – Prickly pear & balsamic shrub, lime, orange bitters, and alize
  • The Lodge on the Desert
    • Menu Item: Chips and Salsa
    • Featured Cocktail: The Purist – Fresh muddled lime and orange slices with a squeeze of lemon, blanco tequila, grand marnier, sweetened with agave nectar
  • Mama’s Hawaiian Bar-B-Cue
    • Menu Item: Teriyaki Meatballs and Macadamia Nut Leon Squares
  • Monkey Burger
    • Menu Item: House made chili and chips
  • Monsoons Tap and Grill
    • Menu Item: ‘Matt’ and Cheese
  • Rigo’s Restaurant
    • Menu Item: Red Chili Beef with a side of rice
    • Featured Margarita: La Diva – A little sweetness with attitude
  • Pastiche
    • Featured Cocktail: Orange Jalapeno Margarita – Spicy twist on a classic margarita with orange foam
  • Rocco’s Little Chicago
    • Menu Item: Classic Pasta Salad
    • Featured Cocktail: MexItali – A trip to mexico by crossing the Alps
  • Tavolino Ristorante 
    • Featured Cocktail: Rossa di Sicilia – Cinnamon infused tequila, solerno blood orange, lime, simple syrup, orange juice
  • Tanque Verde Ranch
    • Menu Item: Mini Smoked Chicken Panini
    • Featured Cocktail: Prickly Pear Margarita – The Ranch’s signature margarita, made with prickly pears harvested from the property
  • Trident Grill & Saloon
    • Featured Cocktail: Flor de Amor – a jalepeno and hibiscus infused tequila margarita
  • Westward Look Wyndham Grand
    • Menu Item: Street Tacos
    • Featured Cocktail: Autumn Sunrise Margarita – Fresh orange and vanilla bean with a hint of brown sugar and red pepper

The evening also includes live entertainment, a silent auction and carefully crafted food and beverage pairings.

Admission includes margarita and food sampling. General admission tickets are $50 in advance, $65 day of.

For more information, visit saaca.org.

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