Update @ 9:10 a.m. on Sept. 5: Pechanga Resort & Casino has announced that the Margarita and Tequila Festival, originally scheduled for September 15, has been cancelled. All pre-purchased tickets will be fully refunded.
Please call or visit the Pechanga Box Office at (877) 711-2946 between 12pm and 8pm seven days a week to receive a refund.
Original: Pechanga will host a Margarita and Tequila Festival from 1 to 4 p.m. on Mexican Independence Day, Sept. 15 in the Grand Ballroom.
High-end tequila producers will make up the more than 100 different types of Tequila to be served, including Azunia, Clase Azul, Tres Agaves, Partida, Tanteo, Patron and Tequila Avion, which was featured very prominently in the HBO series “Entourage.”
“We are always looking to create unique events that people do not normally get a chance to attend,” said Pechanga VP of Food & Beverage Dennis Khanh. “I’m sure this will be the first opportunity a lot of the guests will have to taste many of these finer brands of Tequila. It will be both fun and educational to learn about Mexico’s national liquor.”
For those used to shooting their tequila with lime and salt, a surprise may be in order as good Tequila is typically sipped straight, since higher-quality 100% agave tequilas do not cause alcohol burn, and salt and lime will remove much of their flavor.
Drinking in this manner allows the taster to perceive the subtle flavors and fragrances that mark the finer brands. Nevertheless, tequila is widely known for the flavorful mixes it helps create and distillers will be making an incredible array of margaritas and other concoctions.
Tequila is distilled many times to compliment the spicy Mexican fare of the country. Pechanga’s award-winning chefs will be manning eight food stations spread throughout the event, and whipping up rellanos, al pastor, tacos, tapas, burritos, ensalada, and, of course, postres to quench the sweet tooth.
Guests can also show off their moves on the dance floor to the Latin old school jams of Suavé, and Habitat for Humanity Inland Valley will once again host a silent auction to raise funds to provide low income families a chance at home ownership. At the last Pechanga Microbrew Festival in July, Habitat raised more than $12,000.
Pechanga is recommending guests have either a designated driver or make a hotel reservation. Availability can be checked at pechanga.com or by calling 888-732-4264.
Tickets are $45 and include drink and food tastings, as well as a commemorative shot glass. A special ‘designated driver’ ticket is available for $22, and does not include any alcohol tasting.
Guests must be 21 or older to attend.
Tickets can be purchased in advance at the Pechanga Box Office directly or by calling (877) 711-2946 from noon to 8pm daily, or anytime online at pechanga.com.
*Contributed by Pechanga Resort & Casino.