On the evening of May 29th, 2013, Flavorful World food and drink blog is going to the 10th Annual Spirits of Mexico Festival being held at lower Manhattan’s Astor Center. From there, the party moves late next month to Chicago, Illinois, and then to San Diego, California from August through September for a host of events including the Spirits of Mexico Tasting Competition, Tequila Trail, Awards Dinner, and more.
For ten years, the event has been bringing together aficionados and industry experts alike, all of them gathering to proclaim their passion for agave spirits and how best to enjoy them in their purest expressions. These fetes have also explored the evolving role of such spirits in Mexican cuisine and have collected numerous accolades over the course of a decade spent furthering knowledge and appreciation of tequila and many of Mexico’s fine spirits that are lesser-known in the United States.
Here’s a small sampling of honors and recognitions this oldest, largest Mexican spirits event in the United States has earned:
- In 2012, this annual celebration of “the agave distiller’s art” earned the declaration from Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer that its May 23rd commencement would be known as official “Spirits of Mexico Appreciation Day” in the City of New York.
- In 2011, The Spirits of Mexico festival was selected as the exclusive organization to host and debut a certification program of ascending educational courses for enthusiasts seeking to earn the title of Master Mezcalier.
- In 2009, the event was cited as one of 6 Food Festivals That Are Worth the Trip in the September issue of O, the Oprah Magazine.
- The festival has earned commendations from the Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce for the past three consecutive years in 2010, 2011, and 2012.
It bears repeating here: these are but a small portion of all that this event has accomplished since its simultaneous launches in New York City and San Diego, California a decade ago. One can only imagine what honors await the Spirits of Mexico festival in the future.
So if, like me, your idea of a good time includes award-winning spirits and fine Mexican gastronomy showcased at a renowned annual multi-city event frequented by masters of their craft and the people who love them, Tickets are still available. Don’t miss your chance to get in on the celebration.