Glamour Shots From Last Night's Margarita Competition

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Last night's 2011 World Margarita Competition got the Tucson Culinary Festival rolling in style. It was a packed house with all of the usual foodie elite in attendance. I was there, too.

Margarita samples were consumed en masse as attendees cooed over gourmet food and drink brought in by Tucson Original restaurants. Kudos to the organizers of this event and to all of the participants. It was a great night and I will definitely be back next year.

I do have one suggestion, however, for the judge who called Bushi's drink "Like something a teenage boy would serve to a girl to try to get her into bed" and "... like something Hello Kitty would make. I can't wait to see the Hello Kitty taco!" Lay off the American Idol reruns; Simon Cowell you are not. Teenage boys are not serving young ladies drinks garnished with edible flowers and shortbread. It was a mean and confusing thing to say.

The rest of the event was an absolute blast though, and tons of money was made for local charities. If you ever get the chance, this is one of the best annual events to check out what numerous Tucson restaurants have to offer.

Those limes are actually Jell-o shots.
  • Those limes are actually Jell-o shots.

These were topped with egg cream and ginger-snap crumbs.
  • These were topped with egg cream and ginger-snap crumbs.

The competitors board.
  • The competitors board.

I need light! Spilling tequila is a sin! said Maria Mazon while pouring killer margaritas in low light.
  • "I need light! Spilling tequila is a sin!" said Maria Mazon while pouring killer margaritas in low light.

All but one of the judges were great.
  • All but one of the judges were great.

Rimmed with chile salt, which was wonderful.
  • Rimmed with chile salt, which was wonderful.

The competitors from the Cup at Hotel Congress wowed the judges with a purist recipe.
  • The competitors from the Cup at Hotel Congress wowed the judges with a purist recipe.

Bushis entry.
  • Bushi's entry.

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