A Celebration of Agave Made Culture

Summer may be winding down in the Northwest, but things are just heating up for local tequila and mezcal lovers as the Northwest Tequila Fest gears up for their 2nd annual celebration.

Whether you are a well-versed veteran or a curious newcomer, the Northwest Tequila Fest is the quintessential stomping grounds for anyone interested in exploring the exotic and intoxicating world of agave-made spirits.

Industry expert Clayton Szezech of Experience Tequila will be in town for the event and raves that “[Seattle] has one of the most exciting agave scenes anywhere.”

Featuring more than 130 varieties of tequila and mezcal from more than 40 producers, the Northwest Tequila Fest is the largest tequila and mezcal tasting event in the Northwest. Szezech says this year’s celebration takes it up a notch with “more brands, more mezcal, and an expanded presence of craft cocktails.”

In addition to the extensive assortment of spirits and cocktails offered, festivalgoers will also find a beer garden, food from a variety of esteemed, local Mexican restaurants and live music from Furniture Girls, C-Leb & The Kettle Black, Sightseer and George Grissom.

Festival Director, Jackie Moffett, is excited for the new additions to this year’s event. “Tequila and mezcal are complex, unique spirits with an amazing cultural history,” Moffett says. “By putting on this festival, we hope to not only serve as a gathering place for current aficionados, but to bring in new ones that can enjoy the spirit and community that surrounds it.”

The Northwest Tequila Fest takes place Saturday, Aug. 24, at Seattle’s Phinney Neighborhood Center, and serves as a benefit for The Benevolent Guild, a Puget Sound based non-profit committed to aiding local children, charities and support groups. General admission doors open at 4:00 pm. Tickets may be purchased in advance online, or at the door. For ticket pricing, a full list of vendors, and other information, please visit nwtequilafest.com.