Yesterday, Oyamel kicked off their Tequila Mezcal Festival with an evening of drink tastings, custom cocktails, and small plates designed especially for the evening.
The evening featured a variety of tequila and mezcals chosen by Oyamel’s beverage team. Each tasting booth showcased a specific brand with the history, region, and aging techniques of each tequila or mezcal.
As we enjoyed samples from the booths, we were excited to learn more about the aging process of tequila. Tequila comes in a variety of styles including:
- Blanco style, the purest of the bunch, has not been aged in an oak barrel. Because of this, there are no flavors from the oak to influence the taste.
- Reposado offers more flavor in the taste because it ages for anywhere between a couple of months to a year.
- Anejo ages for over a year and often picks up rich flavors from the oak barrels. As a whiskey drinker, these were my favorite – rich and full in taste without being overpowering.
While the drinks stand out at the festival, Head Chef Omar Rodriguez commented that he chose street food to specifically pair with them. He wanted the inviting and friendly feel of a Mexican festival which meant featuring incredible bits of tacos, empanadas, and enchiladas. Plus, no Oyamel festival would be complete without their beloved homemade guacamole.
Join the Fun
During the festival, Oyamel is hosting two unique events created by Head Chef Omar Rodriquez and Beverage Manager Azael Salgado. Join them for a special dining experience that brings out the best the restaurant has to offer.
Agave Spirits Dinner: Join Oyamel this Thursday, March 5th at 6:30 pm to enjoy a one-night-only chef’s experience. Let Oyamel’s Head Chef Omar Rodriguez host you while you enjoy his dishes created especially for this festival. Each of the 5 courses is paired with tequila or mezcal, chosen by Oyamel’s beverage team. Find tickets for $79 per person online.
Chef’s Counter Cocktail Dinners: For a truly special night, join Oyamel for a 6 seat chef-led dinner on Tuesday, March 10th and Wednesday, March 11th at 6 pm and 8:30 pm. Hosted by Rodriguez and Salgado, guests will enjoy a 5-course tasting menu, each paired with a unique mezcal or tequila cocktail. Find tickets for $95 per person online.
We do not receive compensation if you purchase tickets through the links in this blog. We attended the media kick-off event for this festival at no cost.
$79 for the event on March 5; $95 for the event on March 10 and 11.
Mid-range for dinner normally.
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