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People + Events

Who to see - What to do

Meet the experts

Here's who will be at the 2019 Fest

Clayton Szczech

Agave Spirits Specialist

Clayton is a Mexico City-based agave spirits specialist bridging the gap between beverage and culture.

Ray Ramos

Director of Hacienda Corralejo

Ray Ramos has over 27 years in the Wine & Spirit Industry. Originally from Los Angeles, he started in the industry with Youngs Market as a Point of Sale Manager for Southern California.

Eduardo Orendain

6th Generation - Orendain

Proud of his origin, Eduardo Orendain V says he was born with tequila in his veins. The tequila heritage has already crossed five generations in his family. His great, great grandfather Eduardo Orendain was among the pioneers of tequila. 

Roberto Rosa

Field Brand Specialist, Maestro Dobel & Creyente

Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Roberto “Robi” Rosa was first introduced to the spirits industry as an engineering student in Mayaguez when a bar owner teased him by suggesting he should learn to bartend because he already spent more time at the bar than anyone who worked there.

Danny Mena

Author + Chef

Danny Mena is one of New York City’s top Mexican chefs, acclaimed for the traditional Mexican food he serves at his restaurant Hecho en Dumbo.

Sergio Mendoza Garciabueno

Founder, Don Fulano Tequila

Sergio is member of the Fonseca family who have been, for generations, mayor agave farmers in the region of Los Altos (the Highlands) of Jalisco in México; today one of the most prominent tequila producing regions.

Dave Yan

Global Ambassador for Casa Noble

David Yan Gonzalez is Casa Noble’s Global Brand Ambassador. With 25 years working in the brand, specialized in brand building, using consumer education, client relationships, marketing and sales experience. 

Eduardo Belaunzarán

Oficial Mezcal Ambassador by COMERCAM

Enthusiastic Agave specialist, Managing Partner of Wahaka Mezcal, Back Alley Imports and Oenophile with a passion for promoting knowledge and understanding of these unique and complex libations made for generations in Mexico. 

Partner Events

Check out what's happening the week of the Fest:

september, 2019

24sep6:30 pm9:00 pmStreets of TequilaArette Tequila Release and Taco Party at Cantina Lena6:30 pm - 9:00 pm Cantina Lena, 2101 5th Ave

26sep6:00 pm9:00 pmSpirit of Jalisco TastingWith Clayton Szczech6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST Agave Queen Anne, 100 Republican St

26sep6:00 pm9:00 pmMaestro Dobel Smokehouse Dinnerat Lady Jaye6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST Lady Jaye, 4523 California Ave SW

26sep7:00 pm9:00 pmTequila Cruise with Waterways CruisesWith Eduardo Orendain and Sergio Mendoza Garciabueno7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST Waterways Homeport, 2441 N Northlake Way

27sep3:00 pm9:00 pmPasote Extra Añejo LaunchWith Lucio Bautista Ramirez at Casco Antiguo3:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST Casco Antiguo South Lake Union, 2102 7th Ave

27sep6:00 pm9:00 pmUltra Rare Tequila Tastingwith Clayton Szczech of Experience Agave6:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST Little Water Cantina, 2865 Eastlake Ave E

29sep4:30 pm6:30 pmWahaka Mezcal Night with Eduardo Belaunzaránat Mission Cantina4:30 pm - 6:30 pm PST Mission Cantina, 2325 California Ave SW

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