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On The Horizon… Tequila & Mezcal Fest 2015!

It’s on its way… TEQUILA & MEZCAL FEST 2015!

Last year we had such an awesome time at Tequila & Mezcal Fest and we were stoked to hear that the festival is returning this September in the new venue of Old Spitalfields Market.


There are many things we love about this festival (including the obvious: it’s all about tequila and mezcal, and we can drink it all day long without being quizzed…) but more than anything, for us, it’s about the ethos. It was born from one single objective: to educate people about how to consume tequila and mezcal.


Hey, guess what! It’s not about shooting it with lemon and salt and wooping about how much it burns! But you knew that already. What you might not know is how to pair tequila with food or the journey of tasting notes you might embark on from sipping an artisanal mezcal. Tequila & Mezcal Fest shows you all these things and more, including cocktail masterclasses and educational seminars.


Live music from a mariachi band, Mexican art and photography exhibitions and lip-smackingly good food will totally immerse you in Mexican culture – hell, you even have to pay for things with pesos! (There are places inside to exchange your English stirling for peso tokens – no need to pop off to the post office.)

With ambassadors like Tomas Estes (founder of the Pacifico Group and creator of Tequila Ocho) and El Camion’s very own Jon Anders Borchgrevink Fjeldsrud, who worked here with the brilliant Dick Bradsell, we tequila lovers are in extremely excellent hands.

Spread the word: it’s gonna be a ball, kids!




We Heart Tequila & Mezcal Fest!

Last weekend saw the UK’s first Tequila and Mezcal festival, held at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel. It’s aim was to educate and celebrate – the agave plant is a magical natural wonder and has brought much happiness to the world, and people are just learning about what tequila and mezcal are all about. Guess what – tequila is more than a just a late night shot taken with salt and lemon – in fact, what a travesty it is to drink it that way!

Seminars we’re given by industry gurus, such as The President of The National Chamber of Tequila (yes, there is a Chamber of Tequila and yes, there is a President of it) and cinema showings and music (including an awesome live mariachi band) provided the entertainment.

Of course there were tastings (many, many tastings) and it was great to see so many exhibitors showing their wares – it was an excellent way to learn about tequila and mezcal first-hand and chat to the makers and suppliers of our favourite brands. There were some exciting emerging brands too – we particularly liked the look (and taste) of Tequila Grillos, who are brand new to the UK, and Tea & Tequila Trading, a new company who trade in drinks and Mexican merchandise. Very pretty Alacran rubber-coated bottles, we must say.

As one of our favourite drinks for a long time, mezcal got superb coverage and it we loved that there were so many varieties to try. We were big fans of Enmascarado and Ilegal.

All in all, Tequila & Mezcal Fest was a roaring success and we are glad that a festival of this kind has finally come to the UK. Bring on the next Tequila Fest!