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Indoor Tequila Tasting Festival comes to Scottsdale

The mid-summer blues have officially hit Arizona.  The pools are no longer cool and refreshing because the heat has warmed them to bath water temperatures.  Outdoor activities have to wait until the sun goes down so we don’t melt and evaporate away.  Thankfully, though, Affordable Food Festivals has created a new event that will give some relief to these dreary days.  On July 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. will be the Taste of Tequila Festival at the Venue of Scottsdale.

Affordable Foods Festivals is known for their Arizona Barbecue Festival and the Arizona Taco Festival.  The Tequila Tasting Festival was inspired by the Tequila Expo at the Arizona Taco Festival, which has sold out every year that is has been there.  Affordable Foods strives to create quality events and this one is no different.

The Tequila Tasting Festival is an elegant event that will allow any and all adults to trade in their flip flops for their dancing shoes.  There will be live entertainment, food from great restaurants like Cuttlefish and Bootleggers, educational seminars and will feature over 100 different flavors of tequila for sampling.

The tasting will be happening in the main hall, while the educational seminars take place in intimate side rooms.  They will focus on the history, the flavor distinction and the production methods of tequila.  A small goal of this event to change tequila’s reputation for being the perfect alcohol for party shots; David Tyda, with Affordable Food Festivals, says that, “the seminars afford people the opportunity to learn not only about the tequila but why it should be sipped and not slammed.”

Another reason to go sample high end tequila for a night is that part of the proceeds will be given to the Anne Rita Monahan Foundation.  This organization is for educating and raising awareness of the signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer.  The money that they raise helps to fund research for reliable screening and methods to increase early detection of the disease and to help decrease misdiagnosis.  Affordable Foods Festivals and Anne Rita Monahan Foundation have been working together for five years.  David Tyda says, “We’ve become dedicated to their mission,” and plans to continue to work the organization.

Tyda is hopeful that this will become an annual event for Arizona and its residents.  So mark your calendar for a fun, chic night with amazing one-of-a-kind tequila and a free valet.


Salt River Fields Presents 4th Annual Arizona Taco Festival

The 4th Annual Arizona Taco Festival, dubbed by USA Today as one of the “Top 10 Fall Fests to Feast At,” returns to Salt River Fields for another year of fiesta fun with more than 50 teams competing for $10,000 in prizes.

Arizona Taco Festival from will be from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sat. and Sun., Oct. 19and 20. The Fest will offer $2 tacos in chicken, pork, beef, seafood and veggie varieties, as well as salsa, guacamole and anything-goes tacos from more than 50 “competitors” throughout the weekend.  Teams are prepared to sell enough tacos to cumulatively dish out 100,000 total tacos for attendees.

“We’ve put together a blockbuster this year, an event worthy of two full days of taco intensity,” event co-founder David Tyda said.

Aaron Studebaker, Salt River Fields Director of Sales and Marketing, said: After the success of the Third Annual Arizona Taco Festival, we are ready to produce another smooth-running event at Salt River Fields.  We strive to deliver exceptional events to the community, and this taco fest is gearing up to be nothing less than exceptional.”

To judge the more than 50 taco teams who will compete for the $10,000 total prize purse, competitors submit tacos to 50 National Taco Association judges who are sequestered in a closed tent for truly anonymous judging. Competing are local restaurants, bars, amateur competitors and caterers.

Returning to the event this year is the famous Lucha Libre wrestling ring, the Tequila Expo with more than 30 brands participating, last years’ wildly popular “Ay Chihuahua! Beauty Pageant,” and surf/rock bands on the Main Stage.