11th Annual Spirits of Mexico Festival Announces New San Diego Location for September 28 Event | Win Tickets and Save!

September 16, 2014

Mexican spirit connoisseurs, tequila lovers and San Diego foodies will gather in Del Mar on September 28 for the 11th Annual Spirits of Mexico Festival. Formerly held over a five-day period in Old Town San Diego, this year’s event will take place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds for a giant one-night celebration of tequila, spirits and the fine art of Mexican distilling. Attendees will sample and drink a variety of spirits including tequila, mezcal, bacanora and Mexican wine, as well as taste Latin-inspired dishes that pair perfectly. In addition to offering our readers a promo code to save 15% on passes, we're giving away 2 VIP tickets to the event - keep reading and be sure to enter!

The Spirits of Mexico Festival is the largest and most prestigious tasting event in North America for Mexican and agave-based spirits, held yearly in San Diego, bringing more than 1,000 guests together amidst the Spanish architecture and sunshine of Del Mar to sample, sip and savor Mexico’s finest offerings. An array of spirits, including the popular varieties of tequila, mezcal, sotol, bacanora and Mexican wine, will be poured by the industry’s top producers, award-winning brands and new-to-market makers.

As guests walk through the event’s tasting exhibition, they will have the chance to meet and mingle with spirit producers and retailers, learning about the craft and history of each spirit. All Access ticket holders will also have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and “Meet the Masters,” a special chance to mingle with the pioneers of the Mexico’s premier spirits. Featured Masters include Mark Carlston, CEO & Master Distiller of Crótalo Tequila; Germán González, Owner & Master Distiller at T1 Tequila Uno; and Alex Viecco, CEO of Montalvo Tequila.

The evening’s festivities will be rounded out with a silent auction, live music by Cantua Spanish guitar duo, Latin-inspired dishes and the industry Cocktail Challenge, a fierce live battle between local mixologists for the crown of best tequila cocktail. The tequila cocktail, which must be made with 1 oz. Milagro Select Barrel Reserve Tequila, ½ oz. Montelobos Mezcal and ½ oz. Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur, will be judged by a people’s choice panel and a panel of San Diego industry experts that includes members of the United States Bartender’s Guild.

In addition to showcasing their spirits, producers and exhibitors will discuss current industry trends and teach the history and culture of each spirit. Featured producers include Milagro Tequila, El Jimador, Crótalo Tequila, Mezcal Sacrificio, Gran Orendain, Ancho Reyes Chili Liqueur, Tequila Celestial, Dos Armadillos, Casa d'Aristi Mayan Liqueur and Puerto Vallarta Tequila.

The Spirits of Mexico Access All Areas ticket is $110, VIP is $85, General Admission is $60 and Designated Driver cost $30, but SanDiegoVille readers save 15% by using promo code SANDIEGOVILLE upon checkout. For more information and to purchase tickets for the event, visit thespiritsofmexico.com.