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Top-shelf tequila tasting July 26 in Scottsdale

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Battling the summer swelter and doldrums yet looking to scratch that party itch? No sweat with Affordable Food Festivals’ all-new “Taste Tequila” event 6-9 p.m., July 26, at Venue of Scottsdale, a sexy indoor venue at 7117 E. 3rd Ave., Scottsdale. A portion of proceeds will benefit the Anne Rita Monahan Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides research funding to support the development of reliable screening tests for ovarian cancer.

Modeled after their famous Tequila Expo at the Arizona Taco Festival, AFF’s Taste Tequila will offer attendees the opportunity to sample some of the finest blancos, reposados, anejos, extra anejos, and specialty tequilas in a decidedly elegant environment. Over 30 brands will showcase their entire portfolio of tequila types, meaning there will be over 100 types to try.

Participating tequila producers, among others, include: Altos, Avion, Campeon, Casamigos, Tierras, Riazul, Luna Malvada, Luna Azul, Corzo, Cazadores, Herradura, Grand Marnier, Don Julio, Deleon, Dirty Tequila, Lovely Rita, Diva, Agave Underground, Azunia, Cabo Wabo, Espolon, Patron, Partida, El Jimador, El Mayor, Asombroso, Peligroso, Don Pilar, El Tesoro, Sauza and Hornitos.

This evening affair will take place throughout the two-story Venue of Scottsdale. Education seminars will take place in an intimate side room, focusing on topics such history, flavor distinction, production methods. Meanwhile a live DJ will provide upbeat background music during the Grand Tasting in the main hall. At 9 p.m., the tequila tables will be cleared for two hours of cash bar and live music.

Tickets are $50 and come with 10 half-ounce samples of tequila and stops at various food stations. VIP cost $100 and come with 15 half-ounce samples, unlimited food, and access to a special VIP lounge. Designated Driver tickets are available for $20 and include two non-alcoholic beverages as well as five stops at food stations.

For additional information and tickets, click here.

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