October 27, 2011 | 6:00am
Hungry for your early morning serving of food news, with no preservatives or additives?
Get your mouths in the car and head down south for a weekend of eating at the 2011 Tucson Culinary Festival. The four-day event starts tonight with the 6th Annual Margarita Championship on the patio of Maynards Market & Kitchen at the historic train depot. Tucson mixologists will battle it out for the title of the best margarita and for $45 per person you can sample all of their creations, taste a boat load of tequilas and feast of everything from taco to corn dogs.
The fun continues Friday with the Originals Adventure. Just about every restaurant in town
has a special or some sort on their menu and a few have even put together elaborate multi-course wine dinners and tastings. V Fine Thai Dining, for example, has put together a HUGE nine-course wine makers dinner. We haven't seen the menu but with dishes like scallop pad thai and coconut tiger shrimp on their regular menu we're pretty sure you won't be disappointed.
The big event of the weekend take place Saturday in the ballroom of the upscale Loews Ventana Canyon Hotel. Eat your heart out at the Reserve and Grand Tasting which will feature over 40 local Tucson restaurants and chefs showcasing their work for you to sample. Plenty of beer, wine and spirit folks will also be on hand sampling their goods because let's face it -- food festivals are pretty boring without a cocktail in hand.Tickets for the Reserve Tasting are already sold out. Purchase tickets to the Grand tasting or check out the rest of the schedule here.
Halloween Cake Pops
The cake pop finally went too far. Three Blind Mice with little pink severed tails in cake pop form?! The Cookie Queen has a twisted mind and decided to make these suckers for a Halloween event with the cake pop queen herself, Bakerella. We're curious what her thought thoughts were. Check out these and other spooky cake pops here.