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

 

TEQUILA & MEZCAL FEST BENELUX 2017

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

 

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Learn about Tequila & Mezcal

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

CERVEZA ALLENDE

The Official bEEr of Tequila & Mezcal Fest Belgium 2017

Programme

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Saturday 14th October

  • 11:00 Opening
  • 11:15 Ceremony and Official opening of the first edition Tequila & Mezcal Fest Belgium 2017
  • 11:30 THE PULQUE REALITIES AND FICTION
  • 12:30 ANCESTRAL DISTILLED AGAVE SPIRITS
  • 13:30 MALA IDEA - MEZCAL MYSTIQUE
  • 14:00 RIAZUL - ORIGIN AND HONOR
  • 15:30 TEQUILA A NOBLE SPIRIT AND TRADITION OF MEXICO
  • 16:30 THE AGAVE & MEZCAL ORIGIN AND FUTURE
  • 18:30 TEQUILA VS MEZCAL WTF ABOUT RAICILLA AND SOTOL
  • 19:00 DELIVERY OF DISTINCTIVE T DIPLOMAS BY THE C.R.T
  • 21:00 VIP party start - at Uncle Babes
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Saturday 14th VIP party at Uncle Babes Gent.

21:00 hrs

Sunday 15th October

  • 11:30 THE LEYEND OF MAYAHUEL REALITIES AND FICTION ABOUT DISTILLED AGAVE
  • 12:30 DAY OF THE DEAD ITS ROOTS AND REPRESENTATION INSIDE MEXICAN CULTURE
  • 13:30 ESPIRITU CORSA - MEZCAL AS A MYSTIC SPIRIT
  • 14:00 KURHIKUA MEZCAL - MEZCAL IS NOT TO DRINK BUT TO KISS
  • 15:30 LIXCHIO MEZCAL - MEZCAL FOOD PARING
  • 16:30 MEZCAL ANIMAS - WHAT IS MEZCAL
  • 18:30 BALAM - RAICILLA AND SOTOL
  • 19:00 The results of the auction will be given to benefit those affected in the earthquakes of Mexico

See you next year 13 and 14 October 2018.
Do not miss it!!!!

 
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Venue

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EskimoFabriek 

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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Ancestral distillates

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TASTE THE MEXICAN CUISINE with

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Special guests

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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!


 

catrinas’ background

The Glorious Life of Catrinas gives you a glimpse into a very important part of Mexican culture – death is omnipresent and, consequently, so is life. These extraordinary pieces of art represent elegance, beauty, and transcendence. The Catrinas represent both a critical approach to the importance given to material things, and the acceptance of death as an inevitable part of life. The first images of the Catrinas emerged from the lower classes as a caricature of the higher classes and the aristocracy in Mexican society. Wearing the finest clothing and jewellery will not change the fact that once you die, you will be a skeleton like any other person from any social class. Inside we are all the same. Now, the Catrinas instill a force of life in the spectator – live life in a humble way, yet know that there is no time to lose.

 

Partners

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More...

  • 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

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14-15.10.2017

Eskimofabriek, Ghent, Belgium

 

Our aim is to educate and unite Tequila and Mezcal lovers

Eventbrite - TEQUILA & MEZCAL FEST BELGIUM
 

Tequila

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.

HOW TO DRINK TEQUILA:
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”

Source: Liquor.com

 

Mezcal

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.)

HOW TO DRINK MEZCAL:
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.

Source: Liquor.com

 

 
 

Organisers

 
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Jean Christophe Figueroa

Business Director

jcfigueroa@tequilamezcalfest.be

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Andres Villagomez      

Founder

avillagomez@tequilamezcalfest.be

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MArco Pulido                

Brand Manager

mpulido@tequilamezcalfest.be

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.

See more:

www.agaveselection.eu

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