A preview of Tequila & Mezcal Fest in Liverpool in August and London in September
Engulfing you in the ambience, tastes, aromas and music of Mexico, Tequila & Mezcal Fest is on its way. After its successful debut in London last November, it is coming to the north-west on August 8 and 9 to take over part of the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool. The show will then head to London on September 19 and 20 at Old Spitalfields Market.
Both shows will feature a large selection of tequilas and mezcals to sample plus Mexican food, cocktail master classes, tastings, talks, an art exhibition, and Mexican entertainments. It has been created to educate consumers on how to drink and enjoy agave spirits but also welcomes bartenders and other members of the trade. The shows tie in with 2015 being the year of Mexico in the UK and the UK in Mexico, marked by the show partnering National Museums Liverpool with its Mayas exhibition – the largest ever seen outside of Mexico – which runs until October.
Liverpool will feature some of the world’s leading experts on tequila and mezcal such as Tomas Estes, tequila ambassador for Europe and part of the team behind Café Pacifico, La Perla and El Nivel in London and Ocho tequila. He will lead a blind tasting to highlight the differences between blanco, reposado and añejo styles.
Bartenders from Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds will battle it out in a cocktail competition, supported by Casco Viejo Tequila. The search for the north-west’s cocktail “campeon” will feature teams made up of five bartenders, including a captain, from different bars in each city. Each team will have 15 minutes to make two drinks that reflect the family heritage of the Camarena brothers – who are behind Casco Viejo and other leading tequilas – and encapsulate Mexican culture. Dave Marsland, of Emporia Brands and Drinks Enthusiast, will host the competition in which one of the teams will win a hamper of Casco Viejo Tequila and other Mexican goodies.
Liverpool’s finest bartenders will hold master classes in the art of Mexican cocktail making, including the Margarita. Mexican food will be provided by Liverpool restaurant Lucha Libre and cocktails by Liverpool agave spirits bar El Bandito. Entertainment will come from live bands, including traditional mariachi, alongside folk dancers. Tickets for trade and consumers are £15 on the door, £10 in advance at www.tequilafest.co.uk.
In London in September, Tequila & Mezcal Fest will feature food from leading restaurants Condesa and Café Pacifico, supplier Tamal, and caterer Vera & Co as well as Barrio Bars, which will also run the cocktail bars. Tickets are £20 on the door and £15 in advance.
Tequilas at the festivals will include Ocho, Calle 23, Tapatio, Cava de Don Agustin, Casco Viejo, Maracame, Herradura, El Jimador, Patrón, Centinela, Cabrito, Don Fulano, Arette and the newly launched Herencia de Plata. Mezcals will include Del Maguey, Alipus, Los Siete Misterios, Pierde Almas, San Cosme, Papadiablo, Enmascarado, Bruxo, Buen Suceso, Derrumbes, Ilegal, Montelobos, Aprendiz, Pescador de Sueños, and the newly introduced Mezcales de Leyenda.
Details at www.tequilafest.co.uk.