The Oyamel Tequila Mezcal Festival returns for its 12th year, March 4 to 17.  It will include food and drink specials throughout the entire run of the festival as well as a number of special events. An official kickoff party will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 4. It will…

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Oyamel Tequila Mezcal Festival provides two weeks of food and drink specials

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The Oyamel Tequila Mezcal Festival returns for its 12th year, March 4 to 17.  It will include food and drink specials throughout the entire run of the festival as well as a number of special events.

An official kickoff party will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, March 4. It will featuring 14 tequila and mezcal tasting bars, specialty cocktails, food stations, passed bites, and live music.  All inclusive tickets are $49.

On Tuesday, March 5, Oyamel will host a five course dinner. From 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Arik Torren, founder of Fidencio Spirits, will be pouring nine different Mexican spirits paired with tantalizing small bites representing nine states of Mexico prepared by Oyamel’s head chef Omar Rodriguez  Tickets to the dinner are $65.

A screening of “Agave: Spirit of a Nation” will be held at E Street Cinema on Wednesday, March 6. The expressive SXSW spotlight documentary takes viewers beyond the spirit to discover how one plant can carry the weight of a culture and the people trying to protect it. The film will start at 7 p.m. and followed by remarks by mezcal ambassador Francisco Terrazas and director Nicholas Kovacic. Attendees are also able to enjoy small bites and cocktails at Oyamel after the screening and discussion.  Tickets are $20 for screening and $55 for the post-screening reception at Oyamel.

On Tuesday, March 12, and Wednesday, March 13, Oyamel will host a series of cocktails dinners at its intimate six-seat ceviche bar and prepared by chef Julio Acosta and beverage manager Alan Grublauskas. There will be two seatings each night: 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Tickets for each dinner are $65.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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