Phoenix already has one tequila fest, and this month, Affordable Food Festivals (the people behind a handful of events, including the Arizona Taco Festival) are launching a new tequila event to be held indoors at the Venue Scottsdale.
The new festival will include tequila
shots tastings from more than 30 different brands, as well as educational seminars and live music.
The first Taste Tequila will be held Saturday, July 26 at the Venue Scottsdale. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the grand tasting will end at 9 p.m. The event will be modeled after the Tequila Expo at the Arizona Taco Festival.
Attendees can expect more than 100 types of tequila, as each brand will showcase its entire portfolio of tequilas. The lineup will include a variety of blancos, reposados, anejos, extra anejos, and specialty tequilas.
Following the end of the grand tasting, the sampling tables will be cleared to make way for a two-hour after-party with a cash bar and live music.
And for those who aren't already knowledgeable about the world of agave spirits, the event will also offer a schedule of educational seminars that will be held in smaller side room. A final schedule has yet to be released, but topics will include history, flavor distinction, production methods. Local and national mixologists will also provide specialty tequila cocktail demonstrations.
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Tickets to the event cost $50 and include 10 half-ounce samples of tequila and food from various stations. VIP tickets cost $100 and include 15 half-ounce tequila samples, unlimited food, and access to a VIP lounge. Designated-driver tickets are available for $20 and include two non-alcoholic beverages as well as five stops at food stations.
Tickets can be purchased on the Taste Tequila website.