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A frozen rainbow wonderland
Ritapalooza, Margarita Festival, El Camino Cantina
A margarita mecca

How does a 3-week festival of margaritas sound right about now?

It sounds good to me. I think it's just what we need to take our minds off the depressing news gracing our screens each day.

From the ongoing global pandemic to the catastrophic explosion in Beirut, Sydney's El Camino Cantina Tex-Mex restaurant and bar are set to remove the doom and gloom (if only for a short time) and brighten our faces with a celebration they're calling Ritapalooza.

Featuring exciting new margarita concoctions and tasting paddles, fans of the classic tequila-based drink will love the bout of nostalgia with flavours reminiscent of many a childhood. Think Hubbabubba, fairy bread and Nerds and you're on track, so gather your gang for this rainbow of colours being churned out frozen-style.

Ritapalooza, Margarita Festival, El Camino Cantina
Making a margarita nerdy

With 15 additional margarita machines filled with the secret frozen 'rita mixes, plus signature margaritas like the mango and the strawberry, you're sure to forget any woes as you rejoice washing down good food and enjoying good vibes.

Various drinking and dining options are available with the Ritapalooza line-up, as follows

Metre Rita try all 13 new flavours, each 50ml, for $25

Paddle Tasting gets you 4 flavours for $25

Prizes to be Won with Blind Rita Tastings from 6pm daily and spins on the Wheel of Fortune

Limited Edition Menu Additions include Tacopalooza with $7 tacos ($4 on Tuesdays), Wing Roulette with a hidden extra hot wing on Wednesdays and limited edition sauces to accompany a basket of buffalo wings, and Fajitas & Ritas Combo Deals every Thursday. For dessert, try their crispy churros with warm chocolate sauce.

Fajito fillings, El Camino Cantina Tex-Mex restaurant, The Rocks
Fajito fillings - just some of the deliciousness at El Camino Cantina

A Palooza Party Package ($79 per head), which is good for groups, includes a 3-course menu with flowing margaritas that can be upgraded to Cadillac Ritas (for an extra $20).

An entry fee of $10 gets you 6 x 30ml shots of margarita and a chance to win 3-course menu vouchers (including drinks).

DJ's, live music and neon lights, activities and free sombreros add to the atmosphere and party fun at this Mexican venue in The Rocks.

El Camino Cantina Tex-Mex restaurant, bar, The Rocks
Fun, food and free sombreros at this festival

Reservations can be made here. Be sure to keep in the loop through Facebook as more announcements are coming soon.

Note: All will be COVID-safe with responsible serving of alcohol.

See further important info, like address and opening hours, below.

Cheers to good times!
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When: Tues-Thurs 4pm-late, Fri-Sat 12pm-late, Closed Sun-Mon
Phone: 02 9259 5600
Where: 18 Argyle St, The Rocks
Cost: $$
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