HomeState Margarita Showdown
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A Boozie Showdown for a Good Cause


HomeState is hosting the 2nd Annual Margarita Showdown to enjoy from the comfort of your own home!


The Margarita Showdown is a marg and music festival that raises money for charitable organizations. Paired with musical sets by Band Taco Alumni, marg makers come together in a lighthearted competition to determine who can make the best margarita in Los Angeles. All proceeds from the Showdown will benefit our partners, No Us Without You! and Watts Empowerment Center. Our friends at ChowNow are matching every $1 raised up to $10,000. Our friends at Vesta are providing produce and dry goods for all our vendors.


Because we can’t gather in person this year, we’ll be streaming the Showdown live at 2pm on while you sit back, relax and enjoy your flight of margs curated from around the city. Hosted by comedian Cristela Alonzo, the show will feature musical performances intercut with marg makers sharing their drinks and stories. This year’s musical lineup includes Chicano Batman, Spoon, Questlove, Local Natives, Angela Muñoz and Fred Armisen.


This year, we are bringing the margaritas to you with curated packages. Each Showdown Margarita Package is $50 and includes:

  • (8) Glass bottles of 4oz margaritas curated from around the city
  • (2) Limes
  • Garnishing salt
  • HomeState reusable metal straw
  • Keepsake Margarita Showdown glass

You can pre-order your margaritas by clicking here (we recommend one Package per person) and they will be available for pick up at HomeState Highland Park on the day of the event (ID required). Margarita Packages are available until we sell out and must be pre-ordered.

This year’s marg makers include El Carmen, El Compadre, El Condor, Gold Line, Gracias Madre, HomeState,Petty Cash, and Va'la. Throughout the streamed festival, guests will be able to vote for their favorite marg and the winner will be announced at the end of the program.


All proceeds from the Showdown will benefit our partners:

No Us Without You!
Watts Empowerment Center

Throughout the program, we will be sharing information about the festival’s beneficiaries and ways to support their activism. Last year’s inaugural Showdown generated $5,590 for PATH (People Assisting The Homeless) - this year, we are hoping to double our numbers.

We look forward to sharing margs and music with y’all while raising some money for a good cause!



We assembled some of the best Margarita Makers from around Los Angeles to come together and share their drinks side-by-side. Despite some of these establishments being closed, we are excited to be able to bring some of them to you. Every one of these Marg Makers is a contender from last year’s Showdown and ready for a rematch (shout out to last year’s top winner, El Carmen). See below for more on this year’s lineup.



All artists are alumni of HomeState’s Band Taco Program, a collaboration between HomeState and musicians, celebrating music, community and tacos while raising money for charitable organizations. Each featured band develops a new HomeState taco with its own original artwork created by local artists. We have raised over $35k in Band Taco sales since the program started in 2015. See below for more on this year’s lineup.


No Us Without You!

No Us Without You! is a Boyle Heights organization distributing food to undocumented workers who are the backbone of the hospitality industry. These hard-working people who have, for years, fulfilled back-of-house restaurant positions, now find themselves in the vulnerable position of being unemployed.

Launched with a goal of distributing meals to 30 families a week, No Us Without You! is now serving over 600 families. Founders, Damian Diaz and Othón Nolasco, plan on offering food packages through 2020 and potentially into 2021.

Every $33 donated feeds a family of 4 for 1 week

Watts Empowerment Center

The Watts Empowerment Center is a state-of-the-art facility committed to the children, youth, and families within Watts Housing Projects. Locals can develop their talents with the help of top industry and business professionals who provide mentorship to many within the community.

Resources offered range from tutoring, STEM Media Lab, Culinary Arts, Performing Arts Studio, Music, Resume Building Workshops, Anti-Bullying Classes, Mental Health/Stress Management, Hiring Opportunities for previously incarcerated parents, and beyond

100% of donations go directly to on-site impact within the Watts Housing Projects.