June 19 & 20, 2015 | Moody Gardens | Galveston, Texas

Margarita Grand Tasting Presented by Casa Sauza

Saturday | June 20, 2015 | 1 PM to 5 PM | Moody Gardens Expo A/B/C  

Tickets $35 – Includes access to Outdoor Festival (Margarita Grand Tasting is for ages 21 and older)   

Download 2015 Participant Registration Form | 2014 Winners

grandtastingThe 2015 Texas Tequila and Margarita Festival is the destination to kick off summer fun at the beautiful Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center! The event delivers to its patrons a gateway to the world’s finest tequila, mouth watering margaritas, gorgeous views of the bay and the sounds of great live music. Located in the spacious Moody Gardens Convention Center, Saturday afternoon the public will have the opportunity to sample a host of margaritas where local restaurants/bar and individuals vie for the title of Best Margarita and ultimate bragging rights! There will be cash prizes, celebrity judges and a “People’s Choice Award”.

Cash awards for 1st ($1000), 2nd ($500) and 3rd ($250) place will be presented for Best Restaurant/Bar Margarita and 1st ($1000), 2nd ($500) and 3rd ($250) for Best Individual (Non-Restaurant/Bar) Margarita. A “People’s Choice” award will be given to the restaurant or individual that receives the most votes cast by visitors at the event. During the “People’s Choice”, visitors will be able to vote with their dollar and 100% of the money collected will go directly to charity.



Last year we had 23 restaurants, bars and individuals competing for title of Best Margarita in Texas. Visitors to the event were able to sample and vote on their favorites, listen to a live DJ and share in a memorable experience.

Check back as we announce more great entries leading up to the event!

If you are interested in participating, please download our 2015 Registration Form




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In 2014, we had a stellar judging panel which consisted of 20 tequila and margarita connoisseurs, radio/TV personalities, restaurant owners, food bloggers and other notables from the Greater Houston area.  We will be filling in this years positions shortly.

James Nelson – Master Chef Season 4 Contestant. Owner of Bravado Spice.

Hank Lewis is a father of two pre-teens, a Houstonian since 1991, an Economics professor at Lone Star College-University Park and the owner/publisher of HankOnFood.com.

Hank’s motto is always great local food, made and served by great folks, in the Greater Houston area and beyond.  Hank grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; and spend his college years in Austin and Waco before moving to Houston.  Hank has lived most of his live in the Greater Houston area and said Houston is Home for him

Shannon Yanes (Cruz)
Granddaughter of Santos Cruz. There is a tale that Cruz created the margarita at the legendary Balinese Room in Galveston, Texas. In 1948, as the head bartender, Cruz created the margarita for singer Peggy (Margaret) Lee. He supposedly named it after the Spanish version of her name, Margarita.



Texas Tequila and Margarita Festival
June 19 & 20, 2015
Moody Gardens | Galveston, Texas

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