First Annual Agave Heritage Week: Hotel Congress’ Homage to Agave

April 20, 2016

Come prepared to learn a thing or two about agave-based spirits.

Come prepared to learn a thing or two about agave-based spirits.

By Liz Felix

When it comes to agave, a day of celebration just isn’t enough, and that’s why Hotel Congress is giving all things agave the stage for a week.

On May 3rd through May 8th, The Hotel Congress and other Downtown locations will host various events all centered around the versatile plant that’s used to make everyone’s favorite margarita ingredient, tequila. Live musical performances, cocktail competitions, and a sampling of various agave-based spirits are just a few things you can look forward to during Agave Heritage Week.

On May 3rd, the historic Rialto Theatre will kick off Agave Heritage Week with a show from the Latin Grammy Award-winning pop group, La Ley. The fun will continue on May 5th for the Cinco de Mayo celebration at The Hotel Congress that will feature live music from Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers with Mexican Moonshine Tequila bars serving up drinks all night.

A little tequila and mezcal sampling at last year's Agave Fest.

A little tequila and mezcal sampling at last year’s Agave Fest.

Everyone knows tequila, but what about tequila’s cousin mezcal? Maynards Market and Kitchen will also be participating in the Cinco de Mayo festivities, hosting two educational classes on agave-based spirits taught by internationally recognized experts, Aaron DeFeo, Layla Lynn, and Master Mezcalier Sergio Inurrigarro.

Classes are sure to fill up fast, so if you’re interested in gaining some knowledge while sampling a few varieties of mezcal, you’ll want to get your tickets soon. Guests attending the classes will also receive a t-shirt and a traditional mezcal tasting glass to take on their next mezcal tasting adventure.

On May 6th, the 2nd Annual Agave Dinner with Janos Wilder at The Carriage House will be offering a one-of-a-kind culinary experience. The agave dinner event will start off with a mixer/meet and greet with Chef Janos Wilder and Inurrigarro, followed by a four-course dinner with an agave spirit pairing.

Smoked poblanos and mushroom flautas, tequila and lime cured quail with an agave chiltepin glaze are just some of the dishes you can expect to see on the agave dinner menu.

Taking the spotlight on May 7th is the event that started it all. The Agave Fest is back for its 8th year with another special evening filled with live music, food and spirits. Over 50 agave-based spirits and cocktails will be featured, accompanied by live music from Tesoro.

Festival goers lining up for agave cocktails.

Festival goers lining up for agave cocktails.

A ticket to the fest includes entry, 10 tasting tickets, as well as specially paired foods prepared by Hotel Congress’ executive chefs and a commemorative shot glass. The ticket also covers entry into the Agave 101 Seminar with expert Linn and Inurrigarro.

The festivities will wrap up on May 8th at Hotel Congress where agave-based spirits will transform Hotel Congress’ popular Sunday Bloody Mary Bar into a Bloody Maria Bar. Trade your olives in for some nopalitos and end Agave Heritage Week the right way. If the hair of the dog is needed, you know exactly where to be.

For more information on Agave Heritage Week, schedule and ticket information, visit The Hotel Congress at