The Mezcal Fair, the Best Place to Taste this beverage

Don't know what to do during the summer? Reserve your room now at one of the best hotels in Oaxaca de Juárez, El Callejón. Visiting during this warm season is an excellent idea, not only for its cultural and natural richness, but also for the festivals that take place during the month of July. One of these is the Mezcal Fair.

In the following article, we will tell you more about this festival of this ancestral drink and why you shouldn't miss it by staying with us at El Callejón Boutique Hotel in Oaxaca.

Mezcal, an Ancestral Drink

Mezcal is a liquor obtained from the agave plant. Pre-Hispanic inhabitants delighted in the heart of the agave plant, roasted until achieving a tender and juicy texture. It is worth noting that the arrival of the Spaniards influenced its production; however, the natives of these Mexican lands were the ones who began its tasting.

Mezcal is produced throughout the country, but the best mezcal is of Oaxacan origin. Indeed, a good option to get to know this state is through the mezcal route, where you can witness the completely artisanal production of this alcoholic beverage.

Now, not all beverages obtained from agave or maguey are considered Mezcal. There is a Mexican Standard that establishes criteria for denomination, production, labeling, and sale.

Types of Mezcals in Oaxaca

In case you have already booked your room for July at El Callejón, one of the best hotels in Oaxaca de Juárez, we want you to be prepared to enjoy the Mezcal Fair to the fullest, starting on July 22.

It is essential that before attending this grand event, you familiarize yourself with the types of mezcal produced in Oaxaca so that you can go directly to those that pique your interest, either due to their flavor or aroma.

The types will depend on their production method and aging. In principle, production can be divided into artisanal, traditional, and modern. Our preferred method is artisanal because it uses any species of agave and roasts it in an earthen oven.

Then, like wine, mezcal is left to rest, and depending on this, you will have a type of mezcal. For example, joven (young), reposado (rested), añejo (aged), and de pechuga (made with a chicken or turkey breast).

The Mezcal Fair in Oaxaca

Considering that Oaxacan Mezcal is more recognized, this fair becomes a must-attend event to taste the best mezcals in the country. From July 22 to August 3, you can enjoy the Mezcal Fair, which means it coincides with the 90th anniversary of the Guelaguetza. This will take place at the Cultural and Convention Center of Oaxaca.

This Fair began in 1997 with the aim of boosting mezcal production. This year it returns with the participation of around 125 Oaxacan companies. This event allows you to taste and learn about agave species and distillation.

You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of mezcals. Among them, you will find de pechuga (with meat), añejo (aged), with a worm, blanco (white), reposado (rested), and flavored creams such as pistachio, cappuccino, walnut, pine nut, and more.

Within the fair, you can enjoy workshops and conferences, allowing you to increase your knowledge of this traditional Mexican beverage. Additionally, you will find coffee produced in the state, gastronomic products, and an exhibition of crafts from the eight regions of the state. Furthermore, this year, the doors will be open to craft beer exhibitors.

Looking for the Best Hotel in Oaxaca de Juárez?

Finding accommodation is not an easy task, especially if you are looking for a hotel that breathes the essence of Oaxaca. The best place to find it is at El Callejón. We are an environmentally responsible boutique hotel, and that includes supporting local commerce. Every corner is decorated with traditional crafts that will inspire you to take some home.

Likewise, being a boutique hotel, we have luxury facilities and limited rooms. This means that you will find the right rest at El Callejón, especially if you don't enjoy crowded hotels. You will also have enough privacy. Some of our rooms have a private terrace, which means you can enjoy mezcal with a good view.

Book your room now at El Callejón, one of the best hotels in Oaxaca. The easiest way to do it is by visiting our website, where you can also access all the information about the available rooms. For more information, contact the following phone lines: (951) 351 1564 and (951) 351 5917. Follow us on our Instagram @hotelelcallejon.oaxaca.

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