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Agave On Fire! A Mezcal Affair
Portland, OR
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Agave On Fire! A Mezcal Affair
Agave On Fire: A Mezcal Affair will showcase 10 Mezcal brands, food booths, cocktails and more at Portlands very first Mezcal tasting show. The Labor Day event will be open to the public with a kick off dinner the night before featuring guest chef Pilar Cabrera of La Olla, who is coming all the way from her home in Oaxaca City to prepare this special meal.

Mezcal is varietal and terroir driven, just like wine, but few outside of Oaxaca have the opportunity to taste its diversity in one place at one time, and in Oregon were especially deprived of Mezcal because of our state run liquor laws. But, on September 3rd Xico will welcome 10 boutique producers of artisanal Mezcal to Portland and make the ultra craft spirit available to the public for tasting and education.

Tasting booths for Wahaka, Vago, Sombra, Leyenda, Amaras, Del Maguey, Real Minero, Rey Campero, Peloton de Muerte and Uruapan Charanda run by representatives for each brand, will offer pours and intimate details about each bottling. You mightve noticed that Mezcal is getting hipper, and this is your chance to delve in and experience what makes this spirit unique, traditional and progressive at once.

Taught by experts on agave and Mezcal, concurrent educational classes about Mezcal will be offered in the Xico event space. Subject matter will range from agave diversity to cutting edge production methods to a virtual tour of a Mezcal palenque in San Dionisio Ocotopec. Guests can take their pick of classes to attend.

The full schedule of classes will include:
-Amores Philosophy and Our Agaves by Sofia Acosta 2-2:30
-The Families of Del Maguey: The People Behind Our Mezcal by Lucia Creed 2:35-3:05
-Agave Diversity with Danny Mena 3:10-3:40
-Sustainability Practices at Sombra with Erin Sullivan and Chase Rustrum 3:45-4:15
-A Virtual Tour of Wahaka's Palenque with Eduardo Belaunzarán 4:20-5pm

Food booths featuring small dishes by Xico, Langbaan and Nostrana will be for sale, because Mezcal goes with everything, not just Mexican food!

Teote Mezcaleria will host an after party at their new, beautiful Mezcal bar on Alberta street, and rides from Xico to Teote will be offered by Lyft at a 25% discount! 2 rides at this rate per ticket holder so that you get home safely as well.

To kick off Agave on Fire, Xico sous chefs Kelly Towner and Jordan Cassel will be joined by renowned chef and culinary instructor Pilar Cabrera, chef/owner of La Olla in Oaxaca City, to cook and serve 4 courses on the Xico patio. There will be ceviche, a signature mole, Bichi wines from Baja, and Mezcal pairings from five brands whose reps and owners will drop knowledge during dinner.

Weve been shouting about Mezcal from our rooftops for 6 years and are truly excited to host this show at Xico!


3715 SE Division Street
Portland, OR 97202
United States


Education > Classes
Food > Beer, Wine, Spirits
Other > Festivals

Minimum Age: 21
Kid Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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