Saturday | June 14, 2014 | 3 PM – 6 PM | Moody Gardens Expo A/B
The 2014 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 Friday Harbour charity.
Participants (Check back as we announce more great entries leading up to the event):
Individuals & Businesses (Non-Restaurants/Bars)
These plus several other individual entries!
Tickets $30 | Includes full access to Expo A/B (3pm – 6pm) to sample margaritas being entered into competition. Ticket also includes access to Casa Sauza Outdoor Margarita Festival (General Admission) with live music (12PM – 10PM). This event is for ages 21 and over only. Tickets are $40 at the gate.
Restaurants/Bars & Individuals Sign-up to compete *** Limited Space, Sign-up Today *** - Registration Form
Guest Judges (Many more to be revealed):
As the current-day curator of all things Texas, food isn’t just what Levi does; it’s who he is. Growing up with boots on both sides of the border quickly taught him that cooking is about sharing a way of life—and a way of doing things—much more than it is just combining ingredients. Which is why there’s a story in everything Levi does, whether it’s behind the dishes he serves or the décor he displays. Leather relics, vintage ranch regalia, faded prints of times past—each piece of memorabilia that lines the walls of his restaurants is a testament to his travels, his traditions, and his taste for the authentic.
Lori Freese got her start in media and communications in college. After a 3 month news internship at KORA she has hired as the Assistant News Director at WTAW, KAGG and KGSR while also doing voiceovers for national commercials. She went on to television news, producing the number one ABC newscast in the country out of KTUL in Tulsa, OK. With that massive success under her belt Freese moved to Austin, TX to produce for KTBC the Fox affiliate. There she produced the first hour long 9 pm newscast for Fox. It was so successful FOX implemented it nationwide. Wanting to take a break from daily news she went on to produce national shows. American Idol, Wifeswap, Bridezillas and casted for Last Comic Standing are just a few in her arsenal.
Freese hosted and produced her own state wide show that ran for 3 seasons on PBS called “Sounds Like Texas” while simultaneously working as an on air talent on all 8 Clear Channel stations in Houston, Texas.
Being a natural entrepreneur, she created Houston’s very first online media outlet in 2008 called Dish-Houston.com. She now owns and runs Dish-Houston, DishAustin and DishDallas which average more than a quarter of a million hits and FreeseMediaGroup a specialty PR boutique.
Kelly Railean – Armed with a fascination for pirate lore and a passion for rum, founder Kelly Railean is a pioneer in the American Craft Rum Revolution, producing four unique styles of American Rum including an un-aged White Rum, barrel aged blended Reserve XO Rum, single barrel Small Cask Rum, and a Spiced Rum. Kelly ferments, distills and blends every product in small batches before aging all but her White Rum in new, petite, double-charred American Oak barrels. In addition to rum, Kelly also makes RAILEAN “El Perico” 100% Blue Agave Spirits and Vodka. Railean El Perico (the parakeet) is available in both an un-aged Silver and a barrel aged Reposado, with a Railean Blue Agave Anejo to be released later this year. Railean Blue Agave Spirits are the only Agave Spirits made in the great State of Texas, they are also Certified “Made in USA” and the only Certified “Made in USA” Blue Agave Spirits in the entire United States of America.
The centerpiece of the Eagle Point Distillery in San Leon is a single batch distillation, copper & stainless steel column reflux still which Kelly operates on a daily basis to handcraft RAILEAN spirits.
Kelly Railean has 20 years of experience in the Wine & Spirits industry, she is certified Level 1 in the Court of Master Sommeliers, and she has been distilling spirits for more than 7 years. RAILEAN was one of the first distilleries to open in Texas, Kelly is one of just a few female Master Distillers in the country, she was the first person to make aged spirits in Texas, and she is the first and only distiller to make Blue Agave Spirits in Texas. Thanks to RAILEAN Distillers, Americans now have a choice between imported mass produced Rum / Tequila and higher quality American Rum and Agave Spirits made in the USA.
Susie Louks is a native Houstonian and has been a well-known on-air personality for over 24 years. Currently, you can listen to Susie on KPRC 950 AM co-hosting the Home Cents Lifestyle Show on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. In the past, Susie reported traffic, news and weather at Metro Traffic Control for over 16 years and was heard on Sunny 99.1, Rock 101 KLOL, Mix 96.5, and KILT FM and on-camera on KHOU Channel 11 and KPRC Channel 2. Today, she keeps busy as a PR assistant and student recruiter at Houston Community College Southwest, and has a successful career as a voice over artist and actress.
Susie practices yoga, weight training, loves her cat, Bushes, is an accomplished cook and adores mind-numbing reality TV!
Christine Johnson - Chairman of Uncorked at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Director of Marketing Better Home & Gardens Gary Greene
Debbie Weatherford is an entrepreneur from Katy, Tx. She owns and operates several Massage Heights locations in the Houston area. Her passion is educating the public on the importance of focusing upon the four pillars of a healthy lifestyle – exercise, diet, MASSAGE, and rest. She loves meeting new people and always feels a need to help someone.
Debbie feels she has been truly blessed in her life in many ways, her family being the #1 blessing. Her 3-yr old grandson reminds her daily just how precious life is, and how fast time flies. She believes you should give a person you love, or a complete stranger, a sincere compliment everyday. Surround yourself with only positive and uplifting people and your heart will explode with happiness. Be thankful.
Ms. Gina Spagnola is currently President of The Galveston Chamber of Commerce and has served in that capacity since 2003. In her role at the Chamber, representative of over 800 businesses, she is committed to its mission to Promote and Advocate FOR Business. This year marks the 167th anniversary of the Galveston Chamber of Commerce: Texas’ first Chamber. It is her vision, her leadership, her commitment to Galveston and the entire Houston region that has resulted in positioning the Galveston Chamber of Commerce as the leading business organization in this area.
A native of Cali, Colombia, Maya moved with her family to the United States in 1988 and graduated from The Art Institute of Houston with a degree in graphic design. She publishes the food blog Restaurant Traveler,which was featured monthly on Fox 26 News’ Blogger Reports. Maya is currently a real estate agent with Martha Turner Sotheby’s International. Prior her career in residential real estate, Maya was a recruiter for an educational company and a staffing firm, an on-air personality and interviewer with Salsa TV, a public speaker, and a modeling instructor. She lives in Houston with her husband and elementary school-age son, and her daughter attends The University of Texas at Austin.