The Tucson Culinary Festival


The Tucson Culinary Festival – Taste, Savor And Enjoy

For Immediate Release:

The Tucson Culinary Festival – Taste, Savor and Enjoy

Tucson, AZ—-Tucson’s signature event, the Tucson Culinary Festival, will take place this year on October 23-26th at two local locations. The annual celebration presented by The Tucson Originals is a four-day festival of food and wine events showcasing the flavors of Tucson that help give the “Old Pueblo” its sense of place.

Now in its sixth year, the festival has grown to include some of the culinary world’s brightest stars. This year’s special guests include Chef Norman Van Aken ( and Master Mixologist Tony Abou-Ganim ( – both have appeared on many popular shows including Top Chef and Iron Chef America. Returning to Tucson for a second year are “Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail,” Ann and Paul Tuennerman. Ann Tuennerman is the founder of Tales of the Cocktail, ( an annual culinary festival celebrating the history of the cocktail in New Orleans.

Thursday, October 23
The weekend begins with the 3rd annual World Margarita Championship on the patio of the renovated Train Depot – a wonderful new venue in Tucson’s downtown historic district. Guests sample and vote for their favorite traditional margaritas provided by Tucson Originals restaurants. Time 8-10p; $35 per person

Friday, October 24
The Tucson Culinary Festival moves to Loews Ventana Canyon Resort on Friday for three days of food and wine events. The Reserve Tasting will take place in the Canyon Caf´┐Ż and Patio under the stars. This exclusive event showcases 30-40 boutique wines that include limited production reserves and rare wines seldom offered by the taste, along with perfectly paired appetizers specially prepared by Tucson Originals chefs. Time 7-10pm; $145 per person

Saturday, October 25th
The Grand Tasting is the premier event of the weekend, featuring signature dishes from all 37+ Tucson Originals member restaurants. Guests also enjoy tastings from more than 100 wine and spirit purveyors from around the world. Some of the country’s most notable culinary authorities will be in attendance at the cookbook signing and sale table throughout the evening, and specially-selected food and wine items, including a signature Gordon Brothers wine magnum, will be offered at silent auction to the highest bidders. Time 6-9pm; $85 per person

Sunday, October 26th –
Spicy and sultry best describe the Sunday Brunch, where world-renowned chef Norman Van Aken prepares his magical menu. Chef Van Aken is the father of “New World Cuisine.” He combines the tastes and flavors of South Florida with the islands of the Caribbean to create a fusion of flavors uniquely his own. During brunch, 2007 Copper Chef Jonathan Landeen (chef/owner Jonathan’s Tucson Cork) will defend his title against this year’s challenger, Chef Jim Murphy (chef/owner Bluefin, Kingfisher). Time 11am-2pm; $75 per person

The Tucson Culinary Festival strives to make each festival inclusive to our wonderful and diverse community. In part, our mission is to make a difference by gifting a portion of the proceeds of the weekend events to three local charitable organizations – the Community Food Bank, New Beginnings for Women and Children and the Ara Parseghian Medical ResearchFoundation.

For additional information on the Tucson Culinary Festival activities, weekend package ticket pricing and The Tucson Originals visit the website at or call 520.488.8601. Please direct all press inquiries to Norma Gentry, 520-318-9445.