SAACA’s Tequila, Salsa & Taco Challenge is just around the corner

Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance is a wonderful organization that promotes the many talents of artists, musicians and chefs and brings cart an cultural to children and adults all over the area.
Their list of fundraisers is long and varied, but my faves are the food related ones.
A biggie is the Tequila, Salsa & Taco Challenge where restaurants, distillers and food artisans compete is a fun and flavor filled contest.
This year the event is on Sunday September 3rd at La Encantada Shopping Plaza. The event kicks off at 7:00 pm.
Below is a list of participants and the list of categories. NOTE: Attendees get to pick their favorites.
Tickets are available at
This event benefits various cultural groups in Tucson and is a great way to sample food and drink from some of the finest restaurants in town.S&T 22Aug15.jpg-16
2017 Challenge Participants Include:
Angie’s Gourmet To Go
Barrio Brewing
BrushFire BBQ
Click Café
Crossroads Restaurant
Elvira’s Cocina Tequila Vino
Embajador Tequila
Epazote Kitchen and Cocktails
Fini’s Landing
Finley Distributing
Gorditas HeartMade
GRINGO grill + cantina
Hensley Beverage Company
Highwire Lounge
La Botana
Lodge at Ventana Canyon
Nothing Bundt Cakes
Omni Tucson National
Oskar Blues Brewery
Pure Love Juice Bar
Queen Ceviche
Reforma Modern Mexican
Rigo’s Restaurant LLC
Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain
Roger Clyne’s Mexican Moonshine Tequila
Saffron Indian Bistro
Sierra Nevada Brewery
Tequila Factory
The Living Room
Three Amigos Tequila
Three Wells Distilling
Tucson Tamale Company
Salsa Challenge – People’s Choice Awards
1st Place Salsa
2nd Place Salsa
3rd Place Salsa
Salsa Challenge – Judges Awards
Best Traditional Salsa
Best Alternative Salsa
Judges Choice, Best Overall Salsa
Tequila Challenge – People’s Choice Awards
1st Place Tequila Cocktail
2nd Place Tequila Cocktail
3rd Place Tequila Cocktail
Tequila Challenge – Judges Awards
Most Creative Cocktail
Judges Choice, Best Overall Tequila Cocktail
Other Awards
Best Taco (Judges Choice, and 1st, 2nd & 3rd Place People’s Choice)
Grand Reserve Tequila Tasting
Grand Prize
Best Overall – Judges + People’s Choice Combined Score