September 3rd, 2012
Sept. 9 to 15, 2012 – Prestigious Tasting Event for Agave Spirits Comes to Old Town
The Spirits of Mexico Festival, North America’s largest and most prestigious tasting event for agave spirits is returning to Old Town San Diego for its ninth year. Noted as ‘one of four festivals not to miss’ by ‘O,’ the Oprah Magazine, this Festival will showcase hundreds of the world’s finest, rarest and most expensive agave spirits. The week long Festival will be jam packed with tasting receptions featuring more than 70 brands and over 200 varietals of rare and expensive tequilas, cocktail challenges, educational seminars led by master distillers, a comprehensive tasting competition and resultant awards ceremony and live auction, as well as plenty of authentic Mexican cuisine and entertainment including mariachis, live bands and stilt walkers.
“Guests will have the valuable opportunity to sample a generous range of tequilas and other Mexican spirits, from the most well-known brands to smaller independent bottlers, all under one roof,” said Dori Bryant, Executive Director and Festival founder. “The Festival will continue to focus on education, while providing tons of entertainment, and will be enlightening for tequila novices and experts alike.”
The 2012 Spirits of Mexico Festival schedule is as follows:
September 9, 2012: Tequila Trail (3:00 pm to 6:00 pm) – Trailblazers will sample select tequilas, mezcals, sotols, bacanoras, raicillas and other Mexican spirits, as well as savor culinary specialties from 12 of Old Town’s celebrated eateries.
September 10 & 11, 2012: 2012 Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition – A panel of internationally recognized industry experts will select the spirit brands who will take home the coveted ‘Best of’ gold, silver and bronze medals. New to the competition will be a category for creativity in package design.
September 14, 2012: Tasting Reception and Awards Dinner (6:00 pm to 10:00 pm) – Agave lovers will discover and savor a wide variety of agave spirits that pair well with a specially designed, agave-infused dinner created by Executive Chef Jose Pulido of Barra Barra Saloon. The awards ceremony, held in the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard, will reveal the winners of the 2012 Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition and Windy City Live’s Emmy award-winning comedic host Mark DeCarlo will host a live auction featuring rare and collectible bottles.
September 15, 2012: Main Tasting Event (7:00 pm to 9:00 pm) – Master distillers, industry experts and brand ambassadors will meet for the Festival’s grand finale, which will center on educating agave aficionados through a more comprehensive tasting reception featuring more than 200 spirits, and seminars discussing the history and culture of their spirits, industry trends and appropriate tasting techniques.
The Spirits of Mexico Festival 2012 takes place in Old Town, San Diego with events running from Sunday, September 9 to Saturday, September 15, 2012. Visit the website to purchase tickets and for more information about the various events.
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