Leading up to the Arizona Taco Festival (October 18-19 at Scottsdale’s Salt River Fields), six Valley artists and restaurants are participating in an innovative art competition and event series produced by Tequila Herradura and festival organizers.
Participating restaurants were each given a barrel head–round-shaped flat surfaces that bookend the oak barrels in which tequila is aged–from the Tequila Herradura distillery in Jalisco, Mexico. Restaurants were then asked to select an artist who would paint a barrel head on their behalf, creating an expression all their own.
In late September and early October, there will be public unveiling parties will be held at each of these restaurants. Each party will feature a special cocktail crafted with Tequila Herradura. On the date of the final party, all barrels will appear on the Herradura Facebook page, where online voting will commence until Oct. 18. On the second day of the Arizona Taco Festival, Oct. 19, attendees will have a final chance to cast votes in person at the Herradura Festival Tent. At 5pm, the winning artist will be announced and receive a $1,000 prize.
Save the date:
Taco Guild / Angel Diaz / Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. (pictured)
Cien Agaves / El Moises / Sept. 26 at 5 p.m.
Distrito / AZtecSmurf / Sept. 30 at 6p.m.
El Hefe, Tempe / Michael x Giron / Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
The Mission / Margaret A. Raab / Oct. 2 at 5 p.m.
Gallo Blanco / Gennaro Garcia / Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m.
For more info, visit aztacofestival.com.