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SOLD-OUT EVENT: Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival Returns Father's Day Weekend to Bring Together the Best Mexican Food and Culture

For Immediate Release
May 25, 2017
Cait Huble
Communications Director, Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance  (520) 797-3959 x 7


Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance in partnership with Visit Tucson Present the Second Annual Tucson 23 Mexican Food Festival - Celebrating the Greatest Mexican Food North of the Border

To apply for media passes to attend The Tucson 23, please complete our
Media Registration Form HERE.

(TUCSON, Ariz.)  - Mexican cuisine is renowned for its rich combination of traditional spices, colorfully enticing presentations, and complex variety of fresh flavors. The country's deeply rooted passion for agriculture, home cooking, and street food favorites has developed a variety of signature dishes including carnitas, enchiladas, tortas, mole, and so much more. Determined to highlight the best of what traditional Mexican culture has to offer right here in Tucson, title sponsor Visit Tucson, in collaboration with the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance present the 2nd Annual Tucson 23 - Mexican Food Festival, celebrating 'The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food in America'. The Tucson 23 will bring together some of Tucson's most authentic Mexican restaurants at this unique culinary event, celebrating the unforgettable flavors and culture of Mexico.

Embark on a culinary marathon of Tucson's delectable Mexican restaurants on Saturday, June 17th, at 6 PM at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort. The Tucson 23 will bring together the restaurants from the Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food in America, highlighting familiar favorites like tacos, fajitas, and molé to some possibly less familiar classics such raspados, sopes, and elotes.

 "The Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food isn't just an opportunity to show off Tucson's great Mexican food, it's also a way for us to talk about the borderlands experience you can have here in Tucson. We love the rich moles at Café Poca Cosa and fish tacos served from a trailer on South Sixth Avenue, but we also celebrate the music, art and influences of Mexican culture in Tucson. All of that is part of the Best 23 Miles" said Brent DeRaad, President and CEO of Visit Tucson.

In addition to the culinary delights, The Tucson 23 - Mexican Food Festival will feature traditional Latin music and beautiful dance performances to dazzle and amaze audiences. A thirst quenching variety of local Sonoran micro-brews will also be featured alongside new takes on traditional Mexican cocktails featuring the finest selection of tequila, mezcal and other local spirits.

The Tucson 23's venue partner, JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, is offering Tucson 23 ticket holders special weekend getaway packages as well as hosting several pre-event activities exclusively for Tucson 23 attendees staying at the hotel, allowing guests to delve even deeper into Mexico's rich traditions and flavors. The pre-event activities include a celebrity chef dinner, cooking classes, tortilla making, a tequila infusion demonstration, an authentic Mexican brunch, as well as spa and golf specials. Attendees of the Tucson 23 will be given exclusive access to these special offers following their event ticket purchase.

Tickets to The Tucson 23 include unlimited food tastings from all participating restaurants. Beer, tequila and cocktail sampling, and live entertainment will highlight the best in live performances, with mariachi, flamenco guitar, and Ballet Folklorico. Tickets are available at or by calling (520) 797-3959 x 7.

The Tucson 23
When: Saturday, June 17 at 6 p.m.
Where: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, 3800 W Starr Pass Blvd, Tucson, AZ
Cost: $49
Phone: (520) 797-3959

Note to Media: Photos Available Upon Request

To apply for media passes to attend The Tucson 23, please complete our
Media Registration Form HERE.

About the Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food
Tucson is home to the most authentic Mexican north of the border. The highest concentration of these restaurants is found within a 23-mile area that includes the City of South Tucson, Downtown, and lower midtown. At these terrific eateries, many of which are family-owned and decades old, the settings are casual, the ingredients are fresh, and the experience is unforgettable.

About Visit Tucson
Visit Tucson is the official destination marketing organization for Tucson and southern Arizona. Its mission is to drive economic development by connecting visitors with their ideal travel and meetings experiences. Visit Tucson is financially supported by the City of Tucson, Pima County, and the Town of Oro Valley and more than 500 individual and business partners. For more information, go to

About JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
Nestled on 50 acres in the saguaro-covered foothills of Tucson National Park, the AAA Four Diamond Starr Pass Resort & Spa is considered one of Tucson's premier destination resorts.  Featuring 575 guest rooms (including 35 suites) with picturesque views, the resort offers 88,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor meeting space, six dining experiences, 20,000 square-foot Hashani Spa, fitness center, a collection of outdoor water features including the meandering Starr Canyon River and Monsoon Falls water slide, the Blur Teen Lounge and Rising Starr Kid's Club, two tennis courts and access to multiple hiking and biking trails on property. Starr Pass Golf Club features 27 holes of championship golf designed by Arnold Palmer.   JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa is located just 12 miles from Tucson International Airport.  With easy access to Interstate 10, the resort is a short 90-minute drive from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.  Visit us online, or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort is located at 3800 W. Starr Pass Boulevard in Tucson.

About the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a not-for-profit organization that exists to ensure that, through engagement in arts and culture, our communities produce strong, inspired citizens. SAACA enlists artists, businesses, governments, and individuals to expand artistic and cultural opportunities in their respective communities. To enhance access to the arts and to promote cultural awareness in the communities it serves, SAACA presents large-scale festivals, events, and other programs. The Alliance also promotes educational opportunities in the arts and culture for all ages. 
For more information about programs and events produced by the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, go to
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