for curious Tequila and Mezcal consumers and industry professionals

Our aim is to educate and unite Tequila & Mezcal lovers and enthusiasts

Unique event in the Benelux celebrating premium agave products and Mexican culture



Join us the 14-15th of october, in           eskimo fabriek, ghent, belgium


Tequila & Mezcal Fest is a project to support and promote both, the category of Tequila and Mezcal and as platform for new brands entering the Belgium market. Tequila and Mezcal fest welcomes lovers and curious who want to know in detail and live a unique experience. 

Tequila and Mezcal, food pairing, cocktail master classes, seminar and master classes by industry experts, superb live entertainment, live music with mariachi, Mexican art, photography exhibition, travel...

The local currency at the Tequila & Mezcal Fest is the Mexican peso. If you would like to buy food at the restaurants and drink cocktails at the bar you will need to exchange your Euros for Mexican pesos.


Why should you come?

Discover exclusive cocktails 

Superb bartenders will make sure you can taste cocktails made of the finest agave products 

Taste the Mexican cuisine

Diverse food trucks to savour great Mexican Food



Learn about Tequila & Mezcal

Discover high-end artisan tequila and mezcal best enjoyed by sipping. 



Saturday 14th October

  • 11:00 Opening
  • 20:00 Closing
  • 21:00 VIP party start - location to be confirmed
  • More info to follow


Sunday 15th October

  • 11:00 Opening
  • 19:00 Closing
  • More info to follow




The Eskimofabriek [Eskimo Factory] in Ghent is a 19th-century textile factory which has been completely renovated and offers state-of-the-art event facilities to ensure successful and characteristic parties, seminars and conventions.

The name ‘Eskimofabriek’ refers to the reputable Belgian underwear label Eskimo, which was located here until the mid-90s and became famous for the organization of DJ parties in the buildings.

14th-15th October, 2017 you can enjoy the Tequila & Mezcal Fest Benelux in Eskimofabriek! 

Address: Wiedauwkaai 23, 9000 GENT

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Exhibitors and Sponsors

This event wouldn't be possible without:

TEQUILA Exhibitors

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Mezcal Exhibitors

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Special guest


Ameyali jewelry stands for passion and originality. Our silver jewelry is designed and handmade by Mexican silversmiths. Currently there are three collections, but the artisans will also be delighted to produce your own design on request. Our mission: to import the artistic expression of talented and passionate artisans from Mexico to Europe. Take a look at our website or get in touch with us!





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  • Taste the richest variety of premium Tequila and Mezcal available on the European market

  • try food pairing

  • attend cocktail workshops, seminars and master classes by industry experts.

  • the Mexican kitchen has more to offer than wraps and burritos!

  • experience superb entertainment

  • plunge in the typical Mexican ambiance, with live performances and Mariachi

  • discover Mexican art and photography

  • see the photography exhibition

  • discover travel opportunities.

  • support artisan producers and fair trade



Eskimofabriek, Ghent, Belgium


Our aim is to educate and unite Tequila and Mezcal lovers



Contrary to popular belief, tequila is not cactus juice. The spirit is distilled from blue Weber agave. (And for the record, it should never come with a worm in the bottle.)
Just like Champagne or cognac, tequila can only be made in a specific region: the Mexican state of Jalisco and some surrounding areas. The area’s volcanic soil is perfect for growing agave. The forbidding plant, which has sharp thorns and long, thick leaves, takes between eight and 12 years to reach maturity before it can be harvested.

The heart of the plant, which can weigh well over 100 pounds, is peeled, roasted and crushed, and its sweet juice is then fermented and distilled. (While premium tequila is made from pure agave, cheaper tequila called mixto is distilled from both agave and other sugars.) Tequila is usually distilled twice.
There are four main tequila categories: Blanco (also called silver, plata or platinum) is aged for less than two months and is clear; reposado is aged between two and 12 months and is golden-colored; añejo is aged between one and three years and is a whisky-like brown; and extra-añejo, a new category introduced by the Tequila Regulatory Council in 2006, is aged more than three years. Tequila, like most Scotches, is typically aged in used bourbon casks.

Tequila was first introduced in the 16th century in Mexico as a sipping drink to be enjoyed among friends and family. Some people prefer a quality tequila in a bandy snifter, others prefer the official Riedel Tequila glass, and some with an ice cube, to help reveal aromatic qualities. 100 % Agave Azul Tequilas works nicely in cocktails. Today the same sipping spirit still thrives throughout Mexico and is quickly gaining popularity around the word among people who appreciate true artisan tequilas. 

So, slow down and enjoy a good Tequila with Agave Selection “A bridge to discover the spirit of Mexico”




There are few spirits as misunderstood as mezcal. For one, you should never buy a bottle of the liquor if it contains a worm—those mezcals are for tourists and contain cheap alcohol. But fortunately, there’s now a growing selection of fine mezcals available in America from a range of producers. Mezcal, like its cousin tequila, is made from agave, which, contrary to popular belief, is not a cactus but is actually part of the asparagales botanical order, making it a relative of the yucca plant and Joshua tree. While tequila can only be made in the Tequila region and from just blue Weber agave, mezcal is usually produced in Oaxaca (it can legally come from anywhere in Mexico) and can be made from many types of agave, some of which only grow wild. Historically, producers used whatever agave they found locally.

The other big difference between the two types of Mexican liquor is that mezcal distillers traditionally slow-roast the agave by burying it in pits with hot rocks, which infuses the final product with its signature smokiness. (Tequila’s agave is generally baked in stone ovens or autoclaves.)

Many of the truly artisanal small-batch mezcals should be sipped neat like an aged tequila or Islay Scotch. You can also use the spirit in a range of complex cocktails.






Jean Christophe Figueroa

Business Director


Andres Villagomez      



MArco Pulido                

Brand Manager

agave sElection

The organisers of Tequila & Mezcal Fest Benelux is Agave Selection. Agave Selection is the first cooperative company in Europe with the mission to position agave spirits as high quality products that should be treated with the same respect as other quality spirits. In the European market Agave Selection is distributing and promoting Mexican spirits distilled from the agave plant: Tequila, Mezcales, Sotoles, Raicillas and more.

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