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2024 Agave Heritage Festival: Four-Day Event Schedule (MAP)

Updated May 17, 2024

There are festivals and then there is the Agave Heritage Festival on Thursday, April 18 – Sunday, April 21, which is in a category of its own.

This culinary weekend includes not-to-be-missed dinners that highlight some of the city’s renowned restaurants and chefs via multi-course dinners that embody the magic that’s created when agave spirits are paired with the unmistakable flavors that Tucson has become known for.

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AC Hotel Tucson Downtown

Friday, April 19 –  Saturday, April 20 – Level I Certified Mezcal Specialist

This course is designed for professionals and amateurs interested in developing their organoleptic analysis skills and gaining a deeper theoretical knowledge of the world of mezcal. Students are invited to awaken their olfactory abilities and become experts in everything there is to know about the Denomination of Origin Mezcal and its associated states.

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Saturday, April 20 – Franke Honors College Agave Knowledge Exchange

From 3:30 – 5 p.m., students with Leadership from Drs. Caitlyn Hall and Nadia Alvarez Mexia will establish the 90-minute Agave Heritage Knowledge Exchange event ahead of the Agave Fiesta showcasing students’ research about Environmental Sustainability, Gender Equity and Leadership, and Community Development and Resilience.

Free & open to the public. Learn more.

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Saturday, April 20 – Bar Clavel Takeover

James Beard Award semifinalists for Outstanding Bar, Bar Clavel, from Baltimore are headed back out to the 520 to share their beautiful, fresh spin on agave cocktails, hosting guests for one night only in the new basement bar beneath BATA restaurant.

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Wall of whiskey at Batch (Photo by Hannah Hernandez)

Batch Whiskey & Donuts

Friday, April 19 – Jalisco Tasting With Suro Imports

For this guided tasting, agave spirits luminaries Salvador “Chava” Rosales Trejo of Tequila Cascahuín and Pedro Jimenez of Mezonte Agave Spirits and Tasting Room in Guadalajara will be leading guests through an exploration of a variety of agave spirits from the state of Jalisco. Attendees of this tasting will get to explore samples of Tequila Cascahuín, Siembra Valles Tequila, and Mezonte Agave Spirits with the brand owners themselves! Be sure to grab your ticket to this extraordinary tasting, as seats will sell out fast.

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Saturday, April 20 – Chocolate & Mezcal Tasting

Make your way to Batch for a Chocolate & Mezcal Tasting with their friends from Rufina Mezcal and Embers Chocolate. This will be an intimate event with only 20 reserved seats available.

Rufina is a collection of mezcaleros from San Luis Amatlan, Oaxaca producing some of the most incredible mezcal expressions. Embers Chocolate is a woman-owned chocolatier that creates chef-inspired with unique flavor profiles not normally tasted; produced from scratch beans to bar. During this pairing, attendees will have the opportunity to not only explore how these flavors can complement one another but also how both agave and cacao can yield very different flavors based on region, growing methods, and processing.

This pairing will go down on Saturday, April 20 from 6 – 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 each, which include five chocolates and paired mezcals, and can be purchased here. Gratuity not included. Limited Rufina bottles will also be available for purchase with special Agave Heritage Festival pricing along with bars of Embers Chocolate.

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On stage at The Century Room (Photo courtesy of Hotel Congress)

The Century Room

Thursday, April 18 – MezCrawl with Naim Amor & The Cocktail Hours

Stop by The Century Room and celebrate the opening night of the Agave Heritage Festival. Naim Amor & The Cocktail Hours plays a mix of exotica, tiki jazz, mambo & more; providing the perfect soundtrack to sip mezcal to. LIMITED ADVANCED TICKETS AVAILABLE. FREE GENERAL ADMISSION ENTRY TO AGAVE HERITAGE FESTIVAL LANYARD HOLDERS.

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Thursday, April 18 – Industry Party with Salvador Duran

Drink mezcal, connect with others and party late into the night at the Century Room! Tucson legend Salvador Duran brings his mix of bolero, cumbia & ranchero to the stage.

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Friday, April 19 – Larry Redhouse Band

Jazz pianist, composer and bandleader has been a fixture in Tucson’s music scene since 1972. Larry’s groups have performed locally, nationally and internationally: the Grenoble Jazz Festival-Grenoble France, Kennedy Center Jazz Club, The Smithsonian Museum for the American Indian- Washington DC, and The Steinway Peace Piano Concert. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS A 7 P.M. SHOW and 9 P.M. SHOW.

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Friday, April 19 – Afterparty with Rafael Moreno Quartet

From 10:30 p.m. – 1 a.m., the fiesta continues! Join the Century Room for the Agave Heritage Festival afterparty featuring Latin jazz musician Rafael Moreno! LIMITED ADVANCED TICKETS AVAILABLE. FREE GENERAL ADMISSION ENTRY TO AGAVE HERITAGE FESTIVAL LANYARD HOLDERS.

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Saturday, April 20 – Afterparty with the Mambo Cat Trio

The fiesta continues! Join the Century Room for the Agave Heritage Festival afterparty featuring Naim Amor’s Mambo Trio! LIMITED ADVANCED TICKETS AVAILABLE. FREE GENERAL ADMISSION ENTRY TO AGAVE HERITAGE FESTIVAL LANYARD HOLDERS.

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Sunday, April 21 – Wrap Party with Zona Libre

Zona Libre Band was founded by Saxophonist Hiram Perez. For nearly six years, this variety band has thrilled audiences in Southern Arizona with their blend of Salsa, Latin Jazz, Cumbia, Merengue, Bachata and American pop music. Zona Libre’s dedication to being one of the most versatile bands in Arizona has made them extremely popular with audiences of all ages.

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The Coronet

Sunday, April 21 – Tequila Casahuin Heritage Dinner

Enjoy a signature cocktail, passed appetizers, and a warm welcome from Chef Fleming and Proprietor Sally Kane. The main dinner takes place under the stars, where the guests will enjoy the mezcal neat to truly experience the supreme craftsmanship from the heart of Jalisco.

The Tequila Casahuin Heritage Dinner at the Historic Coronet Restaurant is happening on the beautiful 160-year-old property located at 198 West Cushing Street on Sunday, April 21, from 6 – 9 p.m. Tickets are $229 each and can be purchased here.

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Crisol Bar

Thursday, April 18 – Fermented Beverages Workshop

Join César Ojeda Linares and Vinik Juré, two experts in the field, for a fascinating discussion of the biological and cultural significance of local plants and derived fermentations in traditional communities in Mexico. Danny Childs, author of Slow Drinks: A Field Guide to Foraging and Fermentation… will also be on-hand to explain how to re-create these ferments at home and incorporate them into your home bar program! In addition, learn about the potential of fermenting local plants in our own region. Samples of fermentations will be served!

Tickets are $40 per person. 

Thursday, April 18 – Natalia Toledo Poetry Reading Reception

Join the Crisol Bar team as they host the closing reception for the University of Arizona Hannelore Quander-Rattee Works-in-Translation Reading featuring Natalia Toledo. Our friends from NETA and Ixcateco agave spirits will be on hand pouring a special menu of some of their incredible spirits from Oaxaca in celebration of Natalia’s reading. Produced in the Logoche and Nochixtlan areas of Oaxaca, each one of these wonderful brands are some of the premiere examples of mezcal from their respective regions.

The Natalia Toledo Poetry Reading Reception takes place from 8:30 – 10 p.m. Guests who show a physical copy of the Poetry Center calendar get their first mezcal or flight for half-off. No tickets are required for admission.

Saturday, April 20 – The Spirits of Northern Mexico Tasting

Mexico’s northern states are still not as squarely on the agave spirits map as, say, Oaxaca and Jalisco. Yet the borderlands area presents many distinct traditions and a wealth of mezcal diversity. Join Luis Loya of Lamata, Omhar Acuña of Los Cantiles 1905, and the Encinas family of Batuq to learn about the history, geography, botany, and current production of bacanora, palmilla, lechuguilla, and other distillates in the Mexican North. A tasting will accompany.

The Spirits of Northern Mexico Tasting will kick off at 2 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased here.

Sunday, April 21 – Sotol Tastings

Sotol, derived from the Dasylirion genus (aka Desert Spoon), is not an agave spirit. But it neighbors agave spirits in its similar production methods. Sotol’s denomination of origin embraces three Mexican states – Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Durango – but the distillate occurs in other northern states, not least Sonora. It is sometimes called “the spirit of the desert.” In recent years, the rise of sotol in spirits markets has raised questions about its future sustainability.

Join sotol activists Sandro Cánovas and Omhar Acuña of Los Cantiles 1905 for a tasting and discussion surrounding sotol’s heritage and production.

This information experience will take place from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased here.

Sunday, April 21 – Maestros del Mezcal Blind Tasting

Crisol Bar hosts Hugo Gonzales of Maestros del Mezcal and Of Spine & Vine Imports as he conducts a blind tasting of five Maestros del Mezcal expressions. Participants should have their pallets primed as there will be a competitive element to this tasting.

All the mezcal made by members of Maestros del Mezcal is considered traditional mezcal; that is to say, it is produced in a traditional manner without the use of special yeasts of accelerants. The only ingredients used are agave, water, work and love.

The Maestros del Mezcal Blind Tasting will take place at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased here.

Sunday, April 21 – Sotol Tasting & Lecture

Sotol, derived from the Dasylirion genus (aka Desert Spoon), is not an agave spirit. But it neighbors agave spirits in its similar production methods. Sotol’s denomination of origin embraces three Mexican states–Chihuahua, Coahuila, and Durango–but the distillate occurs in other northern states, not least Sonora. It is sometimes called “the spirit of the desert.” In recent years, the rise of sotol in spirits markets has raised questions about its future sustainability. Join Sotol activist Sandro Cánovas Sotol Lazadores Co-Op President Daniel Chavira, and Omhar Acuña of Los Cantiles 1905 for a tasting and discussion surrounding Sotol’s heritage and production.

Tickets are $40 per person.

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Flowers & Bullets Midtown Farm

Sunday, April 21 – Spirit of Sonora Community Fiesta

Indulge in a community cookout featuring delicious Carne Asada, accompanied by live music filling the air with lively rhythms. Explore the rich heritage of the region with agave spirit tastings, engaging live discussions, and support local vendors showcasing their unique offerings.

Hotel Congress (Photo courtesy of Agave Heritage Festival)

Hotel Congress

Saturday, April 20 – Agave Fiesta

This annual signature event showcases all things agave, including presentations, over 50 small-batch artisanal agave spirits, and an agave cocktail showdown. Enjoy live music from Mamma Coal and AB Sanchez, delicious food, agave spirit tastings, agave art, and other goods produced or inspired by the agave plant. Discover the nuances of and differences between mezcal, bacanora, and tequila, get to know the producers themselves, and enjoy delicious food pairings during the Grand Tasting.

The Agave Fiesta takes place on Saturday, April 20, from 7 – 10 p.m. Tickets are $65 and include four mezcal neat pours, two mezcal cocktails samples, one local beer sample, and a plate of food from the culinary team of Cup CafeGet your ticket here.

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JW Marriott Starr Pass

Sunday, April 21 – Howard Scott Gentry Lifetime Achievement Award and Gala Dinner

Named in honor of the godfather of agave, the Agave Heritage Festival, the Southwest Center, and Borderlands Restoration Network are honored to host the first annual Howard Scott Gentry Lifetime Achievement Award and Gala Dinner. This celebratory dinner culminates a four-day celebration of the agave plant and its role as a keystone of the borderlands, highlighting the culture, heritage, diversity, and sustainability of this plant and our region.

The event will take place at 3800 West Starr Pass Boulevard on Sunday, April 21, from 5 – 9 p.m. and will begin with the traditional Starr Pass Tequila Toast on the patio featuring Mezcal Vago. Local chefs will collaborate with agave industry experts to present a multi-course tapas-style dinner utilizing regional and heritage ingredients. Each course will be paired with agave spirit cocktails or neat pours featuring Tequila Ocho.

Tickets for the Gala Dinner are $229.69 each and can be purchased here.

Hotel Congress

Friday, April 19 – Festival Kickoff with Flor de Toloache and Som do Sisal

Doors at 7 p.m.

Experience a historic night of both culture and entertainment with the Grammy Award-Winning Mariachi Flor de Toloache. Joined by Som do Sisal a 13-piece Brazilian Orchestra that plays instruments made of repurposed Agave Sisal plants. This concert kicks off the Agave Heritage Festival Weekend in true Tucson style.

As a special treat from the Agave Heritage Festival, the first 200 21+ concertgoers are treated to an agave spirit sample courtesy of Banhez Mezcal.

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Maynard’s Market & Kitchen

Friday, April 19 – Maynards Heritage Dinner

Join the Maynards Culinary Collective, guest chef Dr. Mae Hey, Don Guerra of Barrio Bread, and Center for Regional Food Studies for the epicurean experience of the year featuring a six-course menu highlighting regional and local ingredients accompanied width mezcal neat and cocktails. The dinner includes remarks from Dr. Hey, Don, and the Center for Regional Food Studies on the amazing and unique aspect of our foodshed aligned with remarks about the history of agave around food, fiber, beverage, and culture.

Dr. Hey serves Virginia Tech as an Assistant Professor, a Faculty Fellow for their Office of Inclusion and Diversity, a Faculty Affiliate for their Food Studies Program, and a Faculty Fellow for their Center for Food Systems and Community Transformation.

The Maynards Heritage Dinner will take place at 400 East Toole Avenue on Friday, April 19, from 6 – 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $196 each and can be purchased here.

Saturday, April 20 – Drawing Room Discussions

Taking place on Saturday, April 20th in the Drawing Room above Maynards Kitchen, this series of discussions will feature presenters from across disciplines focusing on some of the most prescient and engaging topics in today’s agave spirits industry. Due to limited space and no cost of admission, these sessions will fill up extremely fast. Please do not hesitate to reserve your spot!

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Mission Garden

Saturday, April 20 – Agave Roast & Learn at Mission Garden

From 8 a.m. to noon, experience an agave roast and learn about these plants’ many uses! Members of the Hualapai tribe will demonstrate their methods of roasting agave hearts, then share samples of this sweet, unique food. Talk to environmental and cultural organizations from around the region about agave’s unique uses, including how agave fiber can be used for ropes, shoes, and clothes. Experience a panel discussion about how agaves may make a comeback as a crop of the future.

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Saturday, April 20 – Mexican Fermented Beverage Workshop

Presented by the passionate folks of Crisol, this perennial favorite of festival attendees, the Mexican Fermented Beverage Workshop, is a delicious and informative exploration of an often overlooked part of the gastronomic patrimony of Mexico. Exploring fermentations allows us to consider connections between people and places in fresh ways. The “unseen” contributors to ecosystems, in this case microbes like yeast and bacteria, form a fundamental part of foodscapes and diets.

The Mexican Fermented Beverage Workshop takes place on Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets to participate are $40 and can be purchased here.

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Monsoon Room (Photo courtesy of JoJo's)

Monsoon Room

Friday, April 19 – Las Almas Rotas Texas Honky Tonk

The gang from James Beard Semifinalist bar Las Almas Rotas in Dallas, Texas comes back to the Festival to put their Texas spin on the Agave Heritage Festival! Serving a special menu of agave cocktails, ranch waters, and neat pours and a special Texas barbecue-inspired food menu from JoJo’s, this honky tonk takeover will be a damn fine time and a celebration of borderlands culture!

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Owls Club

Saturday, April 20 – Cumbia Takeover with Pare de Sufrir and De la O

Join Owls Club as they host this post-agave fiesta takeover featuring two of Guadalajara’s funniest bars. Cocktails will be done by De la O with Siembra Spirits ambassadors Misty Kalkofen and Dan Suro, and Pare de Sufrir house DJ, DJ Fukushima will be spinning Cumbia sounds for people to get down with a cold chela in one hand and a mezcalito in the other!

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Friday, April 19 – Mezcal Vago Tasting

Join Mezcal Vago for a unique and philanthropic event featuring an agave photo exhibit, a Mezcal Vago tasting, and a silent auction, where all profits will be donated to a seed bank and agave landscape restoration project in Mexico.

Guests will savor six different expressions of Mezcal Vago through a guided tasting led by Mexico National Ambassador and Hospitality Director Andres Cruz, while surrounded by photographs of the very same agave plants that produced the mezcal that event-goers will be enjoying. Guests will move around and explore the photo exhibit while their hosts with insights into the photos and offer additional mezcal expressions for tasting, fostering an interactive and immersive experience. Guests also have the opportunity to participate at the silent auction, bidding on their favorite photographs to support the noble cause of agave preservation and restoration in Mexico.

This event aims to connect guests with the agaves visually and through taste while sampling the agaves depicted in the photographs through the diverse mezcal expressions offered.

The Mezcal Vago Tasting takes place on Friday, April 19, and offers three different options for attendees to join in on:

  • Option 1: Raíces: A Morning of Connections and Conversations Session from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Option 2: Mujer Agave Tasting from 1 – 5 p.m.
  • Options 3: Both of the above event sessions. Tickets offer access from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets for all options can be purchased here.

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Playground Bar & Lounge

Thursday, April 18 – MezCrawl

A night of agave-inspired cocktails, mezcal, and culinary delights! From 5 – 11 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, kick off the MezCrawl with a traditional mezcal toast at the Playground Bar & Lounge and then stroll to any of the participating Downtown Tucson restaurant and bar locations.


Each ticket includes a veladora (a traditional mezcal sipping glass), lanyard, light bites, and mezcal cocktail samples at each of the following locations. Tickets are for sale now!

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Proper Shops

Friday, April 19 – Guardianes del Espiritu Film Screening and Origen Raíz Tasting

This very special event is a screening of the documentary Guardianes del Espiritu, a brand new documentary about traditional mezcal production and its role in rural Mexican society. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and subjects of the documentary, with a tasting to follow at Bar Crisol.

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Rooftop bar & dining area (Photo courtesy of Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink)

Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink

Thursday, April 18 – Zinacantan Tasting With Diana Pinzon

Join Zinacantan co-founder, Diana Pinzon, and Raíces Imports on Thursday, April 18 at 3 p.m. at Reilly as they shine a light on this ecologically-focused mezcal project based in Southern Puebla.

Zincacantan was founded in 2012 by mezcalera Fabiola Torres-Monfil and her co-founder Diana Pinzon. Based in Southern Puebla in the town of San Diego de la Mesa Tochimiltzingo, Fabiola’s family has been making mezcal for over three hundred years. Making only 1,500 liters per year, Fabiola & Diana have partnered to create one of the most ecologically-minded mezcal projects in the world.

While the brand is over ten years old, it has only recently been imported into the U.S. This is one of the first opportunities to learn about this incredible project from one of the founders themselves.

Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased here.

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Seis Kitchen – River Road

Thursday, April 18 – Seis Heritage Dinner

Seis chef and owner Jacob Munoz will prepare a multi-course dinner, representing six regions of Mexico, which will include Guacamole, Poached Shrimp Tostada, Guajillo-braised Short Rib, and Mango Gelato. In addition to the flavorful dishes, guests will enjoy paired cocktails, mezcal tastings, and a presentation by a featured professional from the agave industry.

The Seis Heritage Dinner will take place at 1765 East River Road on Thursday, April 18, from 5:30 -8 p.m. Tickets are $130 each and can be purchased here.


Thursday, April 18 – Mezcal Tastings

Join Mark SoRelle of PKGD GROUP Importers and Isaiah Bruno of Sidecar for an evening of amazing agave spirits. Guests will enjoy three neat pours of G4 Blanco, G4 Reposado, and Mezcal Palomo Espadin accompanied with light bites and traditional mezcal accompaniments.

G4 is the 4th Generation masterpiece Tequila of Felipe Camarena and his sons. Made using a combination of mountain spring and captured rainwater, multi-generational yeast, and the finest agave from Jesus Maria en Los Altos de Jalisco this is the standard for the additive-free movement.

Palomo is the definition of authentic and natural, from the Capital del Mundo de Mezcal, Matatlan, Oaxaca. Roasted in an earthen pit using Oak wood vs Pine, Palomo is a treat of Agave and Citrus flavors, complex and lovely when served neat and punches above its weight in any quality cocktail. The House Brand of 3rd Generation producer Carlos Mendez and the Winner of Esquire’s exclusive Spirits Awards and the “Best in Show” Mezcal at the TAG Spirits Awards in Las Vegas.

The Sidecar Tasting is on Thursday, April 18 at 8 p.m., and tickets can be purchased here.

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Tap & Bottle – North

Thursday, April 18 – La Gritona Tequila Reposado Tastings

Join the Tap & Bottle North crew on Thursday, April 18 for a tasting event with La Gritona Tequila Reposado. Distilled by Melly Barajas and her staff of women at her distillery in Valle De Guadalupe, Jalisco, they’ll be discussing women in the Tequila industry while light bites are served to enhance your sipping experience, which will include one neat pour of La Gritona Reposado Tequila and two cocktails made with La Gritona Reposado Tequila.

All ticket holders will get a complimentary 50ml bottle of La Gritona Reposado Tequila to take home with them as well, and all bottles will be available for purchase after the event.

The tasting will take place from 5:30 – 7 p.m. Tickets are $50 and tickets can be purchased here.

Tohono Chul Garden Bistro

Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 – Agaves, Arte y Alebrijes Festival

Come and experience an enchanting fusion of art, music, cuisine, libations, and culture with Tohono Chul and the Agave Heritage Festival. Embark on an afternoon journey where the captivating rhythms of Som do Sisal, the Brazilian Agave Orchestra, harmonize with the talents of Luis Loya from LaMata and Rion Toal from Cuish, showcasing the versatile nature of the agave plant as both a spirit and a repurposed musical instrument. Delight in a Mexican Folk Art exhibition or engage in informative discussions led by knowledgeable docents on the intricacies of agave and culinary traditions. Be sure to arrive early to fully immerse yourself in this vibrant celebration.

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9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Saturday and Sunday)

All Ages

$5.00 Members Festival only

$20.00 Members plus Mezcal tasting

$20.00 General Public Festival only

$35.00 General Public plus Mezcal tasting

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Tooley’s Cafe

Friday, April 19 – Raíces & Mujer Agave: Building Community

Please note: this event is only available with a ticket purchase of Mujer Agave

Join Tooley’s Cafe for this very special tasting with three icons of the Oaxacan mezcal world, Sandra Ortiz Brenna of In Situ Mezcaleria and Mezcaciarca mezcal, Graciela Angeles Carreño Mezcal Real Minero, and Silvia Philion of Mezcaloteca, as they guide guests through an intimate exploration of some of their favorite bottlings.

Mujer Agave is a collective of women in the agave spirits industry where unity, legacy, and joy are taught through diverse conferences and experiences. It’s geared toward empowering and connecting female stakeholders in the agave industry across disciplines.

This one-night-only tasting will take place on Friday, April 19 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and will include a sampling of two mezcals from three brands; six samples in total. Learn more here.

Saturday, April 20 – Sip & Paint

Guests will enjoy a pour of Montaraz Bacanora, a Manchado Bacanora cocktail, and a taco while they are educated on the place, plant, and process of creating bacanora. During this class attendees will be painting a jicara, a dried-out shell of a gourd, which is a traditional drinking vessel for mezcal in Mexico.

This tasting takes place at 11 a.m., and tickets can be purchased here.

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Cocktails at TLC (Photo courtesy of Tough Luck Club)

Tough Luck Club

Friday, April 19 – Barking Dog Takeover

Join Nordic agave brothers and sisters as the bar fam from Barking Dog in Copenhagen, Denmark drop into the Old Pueblo for a one-night-only takeover of Tough Luck Club! Widely recognized as one of Scandinavia’s best cocktail bars, the Dog team will be sharing their love of all things agave with a special menu of delicious cocktails, Ocho & Vago specials, and a curated playlist of their favorite tracks.

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Saturday, April 20 – Berta Vasquez & Rezpiral Mezcal Tasting

During this tasting, attendees will have the opportunity to learn from Mexico’s renowned Mezcaleras Berta Vasquez and Alex White, the director & designer of Rezpiral. While sipping three different, unique mezcals, Berta and Alex will explain how Rezpiral works with producers while supporting their craft and agricultural ways. Light bites will be provided to accompany the tasting.

These two have been working together for over eight years. Together they put forth a blueprint for how the industry at large could be more sustainable ecologically, socially, and culturally, including agave nurseries, transplanting agave, and profit sharing – all topics that are important to the agave spirits industry, though they often go overlooked.

The tasting will take place on Saturday, April 20, and will include three one-ounce pours: Rezpiral Series 7 Arroqueño, Rezpiral Series 7 Espadin, and Rezpiral Series 7 Mexicano Capon. All bottles will be available for purchase after the event as well. Two tasting options will be available that day; one from 12 – 1 p.m. and the other from 2 – 3 p.m. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased here.

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