GALVESTON — It has been long rumored that the first margarita was made in Galveston at the legendary Balinese Room. That discussion will heat up this weekend as the Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival rolls into Galveston today for a three-day event at Moody Gardens.

The festival will feature tequila tastings, margarita samplings, food and music. Featured will be a gathering of some of the world’s best tequilas alongside some of the region’s best restaurants competing for title of Best Margarita.

The festival weekend is comprised of four anchor events — the Tequila Herradura Social, Tour de Tequila, Margarita Grand Tasting and a Little Mexico outdoor festival.

Tickets, ranging from $10 to $75, are available at

Today’s Tequila Herradura Social will bring together industry professionals and festivalgoers for an evening of sipping specialty tequila cocktails with a taco bar and live music. Moody Gardens Bands on Sand and fireworks round out the kickoff to the weekend,

On Saturday, a Tour de Tequila features some of world’s best tequilas presented alongside restaurants showing the dynamic fusion of pairing food and tequila. The day also includes the Margarita Grand Tasting and the contest for Best Margarita, where visitors will be able to vote on a People’s Choice award.

The festival closes Sunday with a South of the Border brunch at Moody Gardens Hotel. Guest will have the chance to sip michelada’s and bloody maria’s while dining on traditional style Mexican foods.

At a glance

WHAT: Texas Tequila & Margarita Festival

WHEN: Today through Sunday

WHERE: Moody Gardens, 1 Hope Blvd., in Galveston

TICKETS: $10 to $75 available at

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