If you live in San Antonio, you probably have more than a passing acquaintance with tequila, thanks to our unofficial cocktail, the margarita.
But how much do you really know about tequila and the plant that it comes from, the agave?
The folks at Culinaria are hoping to broaden your education Oct. 24-25 as they present the first Experience Agave celebration.
The fun begins with the Essence of Mexico, which runs 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Mana House, 1160 E. Commerce St.
The event is presented by the Tequila Interchange Project, a non-profit advocacy group that promotes agave-distilled spirits. Explore the origins and trajectory of tequila and the burgeoning spirits category, mezcal. Learn about the Denominations of Origin in Mexico, what types of tequila exist and how they are produced. Get acquainted with mezcal, a broader category of agave distillates. Examine the cultivation of agave, which dates back 10,000 years and the history of human use. The rise of tequila as a globally recognized spirit category and the recent rise of mezcal will be discussed.
Tickets are $35 apiece.
The Oct. 25 lineup begins with Maestros of Mexico from 1:30-3:30 p.m. at Mana House, 1160 E. Commerce St.
Discuss the range of challenges faced by the tequila industry. Explore the social, economic and environmental impact of these industries. Discuss strategies for responsible growth with a heartfelt appreciation of these spirits and their cultural heritage. Discuss the opportunities the mezcal industry has to be different. Discover ways to lead the industry we love into a sustainable future based on human relationships.
What if distillation technology was in Meso-America before Spanish conquest? Hear from the world’s leading expert of the history of fermented and distilled beverages, Dr. Patrick E. McGovern, and learn about his work with the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Colima, Mexico.
Tickets are $35 apiece.
After all that information, it’s time to party. So, Pachanga ¡Party! is set for 6-9 p.m. at Mana House, 1160 E. Commerce St.
Take a stroll around and sample the bountiful varieties of agave spirits and food pairings as some of San Antonio’s best bartenders shake their creative agave-infused cocktails just for you. With San Antonio’s culinary geniuses in tow, you’re bound to find your ultimate dish to complement the agave – whether it’s a fountain of queso you crave or a more modern and sophisticated fare, we’ll have it there to help you find your happiness.
Tickets are $60 a person.
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And don’t forget to drive responsibly.