London Mezcal Week: September's Coolest Festival

Since the Mexican craze has arrived in London earlier this year (for our three not-to-be-missed address, click here), Mezcal is in everyone’s glass. Tequila’s trendy cousin, this distilled, smoked, agave-based spirit is the highlight of a week-long festival dedicated just to it.

Behind the idea is a trio of Londoners: the founders of mezcal brands Quiquiriqu (Melanie Symond) and Dangerous Don (Thea Cummings) have teamed up with Lucie Messey, who is behind the trendy New Orleans style pop-ups Slap Ya Papa.

On the program for this first edition: brunches, fiestas, discussions and two days of tasting for the final event. A roundup of key events for the super full week include:

Monday, 11 September: An insider’s dinner- we knew about Edson Diaz-Fuentes in Shoreditch, where his crazy-good Mexican restaurant closed after a few months. Good news, Santo Remedio reopened its doors in London Bridge last week and will be happy to host you for an unboring tasting menu with a mezcal theme. Wait to drool over the Mexican delicacy Chicatana ants along with mole negro and tamales (2 seatings, 6.30pm and 8.30pm, £60)

Wednesday, 13 September: A pairing unlink any other: coffee and chocolate from the Devon Chili Farm at Wahaca, lead by agave master Jon Anders and Chris, caffeine expert from El Cafecito. No excuses for missing this one, as proceeds to to the Ednica association, for the education of disadvantaged children in Mexico City (7pm- 10pm, £5).

Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September- Festival! Go and taste over 30 different mezcals and meet the producers in the art gallery Gallery & Yard (Unit 5) in the East End. Temper, Bad Sports, and Santo Remedio will be cooking up the street food, to taste between two DJ sets, workshops and contemporary Mexican art expos (from 12pm to 6pm, free entry, £20 for the mezcal tasting room).

¡Salud!

From 11 to 17 September 2017, reservation for all the events online

Valentine Benoist

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