Bars to celebrate Mexican spirit with first London Mezcal Week

El Pastor

Bars and restaurants are to celebrate one of Mexico’s greatest exports with the first London Mezcal Week, including a bartender cocktail competition.

Running from September 11 to 17 across the capital, it will feature a series of events around mezcal, Mexican culture, art and food, ending with a two-day tasting festival for Mexico Independence Day.

Events will involve bars and restaurants such as Bad Sports, El Pastor, Santo Remedio and Temper while a pop-up mezcaleria at the tasting event will sell original cocktails from some of London’s leading bartenders.

London Mezcal Week has been organised by Thea Cumming and Melanie Symonds, the founders of Dangerous Don and QuiQuiRiQui mezcals respectively. The events will be produced by Lucie Massey.

The week will include a competition for bartenders, challenging them to create an original cocktail with Dangerous Don or QuiQuiRiQui mezcals. Click here for entry details. The deadline for entries is August 25.

The final will be held on September 12 at Ray’s Bar in Dalston, with the prize of a trip to Oaxaca to visit the palenques where mezcal is made and to enjoy a week of Day of the Dead celebrations.

The headline tasting event, held of over two days in Hackney, promises to be the UK’s biggest-ever mezcal tasting, where ticket holders can sample over 30 mezcals and talk to many of the faces behind the brands.

Independent brands are being given precedence with a focus on traditionally made mezcals and the families behind them. There will also be an array of Mexican street food, a mezcal bar serving cocktails and beers, and a programme of art, DJs and live music.

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