El Camino Cantina unveils first-of-its-kind Ritapalooza festival in celebration of its famous margaritas
Wednesday, 5 August 2020: El Camino Cantina is flexing its Tex-Mex-fuelled margarita muscles ahead of its inaugural Ritapalooza: an unmissable, three-week celebration of its famous rockstar-style ritas.
Sydney’s first-of-its-kind Ritapalooza will be held at El Camino Cantina in The Rocks from Tuesday, 25 August to Saturday, 12 September when the flagship Tex-Mex diner will become a margarita mecca, with 15 limited-edition flavours available alongside a value-packed menu, and a program of DJs, live music and fun activations.
Throughout Ritapalooza, 15 additional margarita machines will churn El Camino’s signature and secret frozen rita mix in a rainbow of new, exciting flavours, including Mojitorita, Hubbabubba and Coco Loco. El Camino Cantina’s everyday flavours – classic, mango, strawberry and tropical – will also be available, with bartenders slinging these four rita flavours on the rocks for guests who prefer them served over ice. All flavours can be luxed-up to a premium, Cadillac margarita, with a rich, smooth float of Grand Marnier.
The Palooza Party Package ($79 each) is a value-packed blend of El Camino’s cult classic dishes, served over two hours and three courses, with flowing margaritas and each of the 15 new flavours available. Guests can dial up the extravagance with the Deluxe Palooza Party Package ($99 each), which features premium margaritas served Cadillac-style. Each party package menu includes El Camino’s sensational, spicy buffalo wings served with blue-cheese mayo; sizzling adobo chicken fajitas with all the Tex-Mex trimmings, including soft, house-made tortillas, sautéed vegetables, fresh salsa, sour cream and cheese; and crisp churros served deliciously warm with chocolate and caramel sauce for dipping.
Guests can participate in a margarita blind tasting at 6pm daily. A $10 entry fee scores six, 30ml margaritas and the chance to win a double voucher for an El Camino Cantina Tex-Mex Fiesta package, which features a three-course menu, plus two hours of margaritas, beer or wine, for participants that correctly guess the flavours.
Round up your margarita tribe to help with the Metre Rita ($25) – a one-metre tasting paddle of 13, 50ml frozen flavours, as well as a four-flavour paddle ($25 or $30 Cadillac-style).
El Camino’s signature, sweet-sour margaritas are the perfect, refreshing accompaniment for the menu, which is peppered with mild to spicy chilli flavours. Over the three weeks, guests can enjoy tacopalooza – a range of limited-edition $7 tacos, which are also available for $4 every Taco Tuesday. Every Wing Wednesday, traditional buffalo wings are 10-cents each (with a drink purchase) and guests can attempt Wing Roulette, when a basket of buffalo wings includes one that is laced in ‘Facemelter’ hot sauce. It is all about Fajitas & Ritas every Thursday when El Camino’s flavour-packed fajitas, served sizzling and trailing tantalising chargrilled aromas to the table, are $20 with the purchase of a Cadillac margarita. Limited-edition teriyaki and habanero sauces will also be available to smother on El Camino’s sensational buffalo wings.
Throughout the month, guests can participate in Wheel of Fortune, with one spin for $2 and three spins for $5, and prizes including a Tex-Mex Fiesta voucher, Metre Rita tasting paddle, and a bottle of premium 1800 Tequila to take home. Diners on a Palooza Party Package receive a complimentary spin.
El Camino Cantina Food & Beverage Director Molly Haranis described Ritapalooza as “a fun tribute to El Camino’s Tex-Mex heritage and legendary margaritas, which have a cult following across the country”.
“El Camino Cantina is a Tex-Mex institution and our ritas are part of our winning formula, which also includes flavoursome food and a fabulous soundtrack. Ritapalooza is a celebration of this unrivalled Tex-Mex trifecta.”