A sip of Agave and taste of authentic Mexican street food

Food and drink festivals in London are enduringly popular, with Mexican being one of the most popular cuisines on offer. As a country well known for its food and drink, eating Mexican street food is the perfect introduction to a range of renowned dishes and beverages.

Tequila and Mezcal are two of Mexico's most popular drinks. Mezcal is made from any variety of Mexican Agave Plant, which is then used make a distilled alcoholic drink with a strong, smoky flavour that is usually drunk on its own, without a mixer. Mezcal is not as popular as Tequila, however exports are growing, and with them, the number of people who are trying this drink. Tequila, on the other hand, has always been a popular beverage, both in Mexico and overseas. 

Tequila is specifically made from the Blue Agave Plant which is native to Mexico whereas Mezcal can be made from any type of Agave Plant. As with Mezcal, Tequila is usually drunk on its own in Mexico, however in the rest of the World it is normally 'downed' as a shot accompanied by salt and lemon. The strong but delicious taste of both of these drinks has managed to make its way around the world in no time. Some down the shots without hesitation, but true Mexicans know that Tequila and Mezcal are meant to be sipped and savoured slowly.

In addition to these two spirits, the tempting Mexican gastronomy from the Yucatan area - popular with tourists - is a party for your taste buds. Even those who holiday in the Yucatan area of Mexico do not always get the opportunity to taste true Mayan cuisine. Happily, there is now the opportunity to do just this in London, alongside the Jalisco and Oaxaca region liquors (Tequila and Mezcal) that have carved their way into London's heart.

Jalisco and Oaxaca In A Shot

Now in its fifth year, the one and only Tequila and Mezcal festival is back in London. October 2018, Visitors will have the opportunity to taste these amazing agave products, originally from the states of Jalisco and Oaxaca. With a presence from leading brands such as Don Julio, Patrón and Amores, you will be able to try different variations on these two popular Mexican drinks and will be immediately transported to Mexico by the taste. 

Alongside the Tequila and Mezcal, there will be also the chance to taste some amazing Mexican gastronomy with many varieties of Mexican street food. Once you have eaten and drunk, then why not have a look at some of the beautiful, handcrafted arts, which are traditional to Mexico. 

Spices: Mexico's Signature Style

To accompany the delicious taste of the carefully crafted Tequila and Mezcal, the festival will also be offering a vast array of Mexican street food which will be elegantly served in a variety of chic dishes. There will be a host of different things to try. These include pork pastor tacos, where the pork is roasted with chillis and accompanied by pineapple. 

Alternatively, try a delicious chicken in green sauce tamal. A tamal is a special type of tortilla made with masa harina (a type of corn flour), while the green sauce is a salsa verde. The chicken in sauce is then served in the tamal which is wrapped in a dried corn husk before being steamed. 

If you are looking for something a little different, head on over to try some delicious tortas. These are not cakes, but rather, a type of baguette which is filled with delicacies such as steak, beans and peppers and served in the same way as a sandwich. 

Whatever food you try, make sure you bathe it in Mexico's signature spicy sauces.