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Phoenix Artists Team up With Tequila Herradura for Custom Barrel Art Competition

One tequila, two tequila, three tequila, art.

As the Arizona Taco Festival gears up for its return to Salt River Fields on Saturday and Sunday, October 18 and 19, organizers of the event are teaming up with Mexico-based Tequila Herradura to host a Valley-wide art competition.

The competition will showcase the work of six local artists: Angel Diaz, El Moises, Aztec Smurf, Michael X. Jiron, Margaret A. Raab, and Gennaro Garcia. Each artists was provided with a barrel head (the wooden end or lid of a barrel) from Tequila Herradura's distillery in Jalisco, Mexico, and asked to create an original work of art using the re-purposed material.

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Over the next two weeks, their works will debut at different restaurants throughout metro Phoenix. Each unveiling will be accompanied by a party and a signature cocktail featuring Tequila Herradura.

As soon as all the barrels have been revealed on Thursday, October 2, visitors to Tequila Herradura Facebook page will be able to vote for their favorite. Online voting will end on Saturday, October 18, and festival voting will continue until 5 p.m. on Sunday, October 19, at which point, the winning artist will be announced and awarded a $1,000 cash prize.

The unveiling parties for the Tequila Herradura art competition will begin Thursday, September 25, at 4 p.m. with Angel Diaz at Taco Guild. The next one will happen at 5 p.m. Friday, September 26, with El Moises at Cien Agaves, followed by Aztec Smurf at Distrito at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30; Michael x Giron at El Hefe in Tempe at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30; Margaret A. Raab at The Mission at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 2; and finally, Gennaro Garcia at Gallo Blanco at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 2.

For more information about the Tequila Herradura art competition or the Arizona Taco Festival, visit

Editor's note: This post has been modified from its original version.

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