The 4th Annual Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest Festival hosted by Agave Avenue and presented by the Berry Man, Inc. and Viva Los Sanchos Tequila was a huge success! The event took place on Saturday August 31, 2013 at Elings Park. The Festival, which benefitted the Non-Profit Elings Park, attracted over 800 guests, 30 tequila and mezcal labels, two live bands, and a total of 13 local restaurants. Elings Park will use the monies raised to help pay for lighting of the soccer fields.
Our VIP guests had the opportunity to enjoy Casa Noble Tequila-Single Barrel Añejo, Mezcal Tosba, and Extra Añejos by Tequila Dos Armadillos, Tequila Alquimia, Tequila Don Pilar and Tequila Tres Toños. VIP appetizers were provided by Executive Chef Calixto from Las Aves Café and by Le Petit Chef.
The Festival kicked off with a private awards dinner held on Friday August 30, 2013 at Las Aves Café. The winning tequila labels that entered the tasting competition were given a prestigious medal and award. These awards were kindly provided by Assembly Member Das Williams.
The winning labels are the following (Platinum being the highest honor):
Blanco Category: Karma Tequila takes Platinum, Viva Los Sanchos Tequila takes Gold, and Mi Casa Tequila takes Silver
Reposado Category: Karma Tequila takes Platinum, Viva Los Sanchos Tequila takes Gold, and Apocalypto Tequila takes Silver.
Añejo Category: Dos Armadillos Tequila takes Platinum, Cerritos Tequila takes Gold, and Carreta de Oro Tequila takes Silver.
Extra Añejo Category: Pura Vida Tequila takes Platinum, Number Juan Tequila takes Gold, and Tequila Alquimia takes Silver.
We would like to give special thanks to our judges who embody the Californian Central Coast palate: Kelly Cash from Tequilaneat.com, Bubba Atherton- Central Coast’s Tequila Aficionado, Denisse Salinas- Executive Chef at Le Petit Chef, and Fabian Bravo- Assistant Winemaker at Brander’s Vineyard in Los Olivos, CA.
We would also like to thank Brian Pediccord from Created in Santa Barbara for producing the official video for the Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest Festival, along with Henry Ventura from R&V Photography for capturing images before, during, and after the event. We would also like to thank this year’s media, sponsors, exhibitors, and the Santa Barbara Community for the continuous support. We look forward to seeing you at the 5th Annual Santa Barbara Tequila Harvest Festival in August 2014!
For additional information and upcoming events please visit: www.AgaveAvenue.com.
About Agave Avenue
Agave Avenue is a privately owned event organizing company that specializes in the exhibition of agave based distilled spirits and products. Agave Avenue has come to be recognized as California’s premier Tequila & Mezcal event organizers. Our success is attributed to our company’s philosophy of insuring the utmost quality, educational, and entertaining components are found in each and every one of our events.