The annual Remote Area Medical fundraiser that ties in tacos, tequila and togetherness is set for April 29: The Southern Tequila and Taco Festival returns to the JC Penney parking lot in Turkey Creek the Friday before Cinco de Mayo!
Some of the biggest names in tequila will showcase their signature products, including Tequila Herradura, Milagro, Altos and more. This year, attendees will have the opportunity to sample from more than 100 tequilas and Mezcals. Margaritas, mojitos, cocktails, Mexican beers and craft beers will be available as well. More than two dozen area Mexican restaurants, including Babalu, Moe’s and Chuy’s, will feature specialty tacos and other signature dishes. Food trucks also will be at the festival. Plus, enjoy live entertainment provided by John Stone out of Nashville!
The festival is a fundraiser for Remote Area Medical (RAM), which is based in East Tennessee. RAM Chief Operations Officer, Chris Hall, says the proceeds from the event start locally, but their reach extends worldwide.
“Over the past seven years, the proceeds from the Southern Tequila and Taco Festival have helped Remote Area Medical provide free dental, medical, and vision care to thousands of people across the country,” Hall said. “Each year the festival has grown due to the enormous response from people in the community and their reputation for good food, good drinks, and great people. This is a fantastic opportunity to get out, have fun with friends, and explore local businesses, all while supporting a great cause.”
Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance online at www.southerntequilafest.com. General admission advance tickets are $40 ($50 at the gate) and include five drink tokens to sample tequila and cocktails as well as three food tickets. The event runs from 6-9 p.m. However, an early admission ticket of $60 gets you in at 5 p.m. Designated driver tickets are just $15.
Sponsors for the event include Beaty Chevrolet, Campbell Station & North Shore Wine and Spirits, Cherokee Distributing Company, Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, Tennessee Smokies, Computer Depot, Dr. Carlson & Associates, TIS, Knox Fox Real Estate, Edward Jones (J.P. Mackay), Oakes Law Firm and more.
The Remote Area Medical (RAM) Mission: To prevent pain and alleviate suffering by providing free, quality health care to those in need. Many people live in fear of sickness and injury simply because they have little or no access to basic medical care. RAM responds to this need by providing free, quality dental, vision and medical care to those who cannot afford it. In less than 24 hours RAM turns fairgrounds, schools, jungles and arenas into mobile medical centers. Since RAM’s founding in 1985, 888,557 people have been treated, totaling more than $181.5 Million worth of free health care.