Food & Agave

There’s nothing a little tequila can’t fix.

If you love something set it free. If it doesn't come back drink some tequila.
If you love something set it free. If it doesn’t come back drink some tequila.

But really, have you ever tried pairing food with agave?  It can be a nice replacement for wine….except you don’t or should not want to polish off the whole bottle.

For all you foodies who also enjoy a little tequila now and again (I’m talking the smooth stuff) here is a listing of some fun events taking place in Vancouver this month.

It’s all part of the 2016 Vancouver International Tequila Expo:

Maybe even something to consider for a Mothers Day gift?

 May 24, 2016

East Van Taco Safari: The Ultimate Taco Tuesday!tequilasafari3

Location:Start and Finish at Taco Bar Gastown, 15 W. Cordova Street, Vancouver, BC

Featuring 100% agave tequilas and mezcals to be announced!
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2015
Time: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Cost (including Tickets Tonight fees): $85

Join us once again for the Third Annual East Van Taco Safari! We’ll pickup from Taco Bar Gastown and then we’ll transport you to points east to enjoy tacos with tequila and mezcal pairings at Los Cuervos TaqueriaLa Mezcaleria Tacofino Commissary, and Juniper (new this year!), before returning to Taco Bar Gastown to end the night with…you guessed it – more tacos and mezcal! And you can stick around for some leisurely craft cocktails to cap off your evening if you like…

May 25, 2016

Viva Mexico! Cooking & Tasting Classtequilasafari2

Location: Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts, 101-1505 West 2nd Avenue, Vancouver, BC

Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Details: 2 persons per workstation, maximum of 24 persons total
Cost (including Tickets Tonight fees): $125.00
For information: Contact Manuel

Join us and enjoy this hands-on cooking class and pairing dinner – a culinary cooking experience at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. You’ll be guided through the process of cooking (and eating!) a delicious gourmet regional Mexican cuisine menu paired with tequila and mezcal and other gastronomic delights from Mexico.

May 26, 2016

Downtown Food and Agave Safari

At Joe Fortes
At Joe Fortes

Location: Start at Joe Fortes Seafood and Chophouse, 777 Thurlow Street, Vancouver, BC

Photo: d. king
At Joe Fortes (media event) Photo: d. king

Finish at Black and Blue, 1032 Alberni St, Vancouver, BC
Featuring 100% agave tequilas and mezcals to be announced!
 Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
Cost (including Tickets Tonight fees): $95

Join us for the Second Annual Downtown Food & Agave Safari! We’ll be experiencing delicious food and drink pairings as we visit some of Vancouver’s top restaurants and watering holes. We start at Joe Fortes Seafood & Chophouse, and then we’ll board a trolley to culinary nirvana – exploring gastronomic delights at every stop – all exquisitely paired with tequila and mezcal to sip alongside the chefs’ creations!

Stops include: Joe Fortes Seafood & ChophouseLift Bar & GrillBeach Bay Cafe, and Showcase at the Marriott Pinnacle, before heading to Black and Blue to end the night with…more culinary goodness paired with agave spirits! Of course, you can always stick around for some leisurely craft cocktails or fine wines to cap off your evening if you like…

May 28, 2016

Tequila 101:
tequilasafari8History, culture, production and tasting

Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Oxford Room

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 12:30 – 2:00pm

For information: Contact Eric

Tequila, the national spirit of Mexico, is in the midst of a renaissance.  This artisanal spirit is moving beyond its reputation as a party drink associated with lost memories and lingering hangovers.  Learn the difference between adulterated tequilas and 100% blue agave tequilas and enjoy sipping them like a fine Scotch or Cognac.
Join Eric Lorenz, Expo Co-Founder and Canada’s only Master Catador for a journey to the beautiful yet enigmatic blue agave landscape in the highlands, lowlands, and valleys of the tequila regions in the Mexican states of Jalisco, Nayarit, Guanajuato, Tamaulipas, & Michoacán.  In so doing, you will connect with the culture and history of both ancient and modern Mexico. This session will provide a base of knowledge in history, culture, geography, production methods and more. A flight of seven 100% agave tequilas will be tasted.

Mezcal 101:
History, geography, culture, process & tastingtequilasafari6

Location: Hyatt Regency Vancouver, Oxford Room

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2016
Time: 2:30 – 4:00pm

For information: Contact Eric

Join Eric Lorenz, Expo Co-Founder and Canada’s first certified Mezcalier, for an entertaining and educational seminar and tasting featuring a selection of artisan-crafted *mezcals from Oaxaca – Mexico’s most culturally rich and biologically diverse state – and beyond. You’ll learn about the history, culture, and production processes surrounding mezcal, plus the botany, lifecycle, & agriculture surrounding the agaves used for mezcal. Plus you’ll taste a flight of seven 100% agave mezcals!

To Purchase:

Tickets Tonight
200 Burrard Street, Plaza level
inside the Tourism Vancouver Visitor Centre
North entrance off Canada Place Way
open 9:00am-5:00pm daily


What I learned from attending the expo for the first time last year is that there is tequila….and then there is tequila!  You can sip the good ones like you do a fine scotch or cognac. I never liked the taste of hard liquor (just wine and sometimes a cold beer on a hot day) but I surprisingly enjoyed several, especially for a little night cap (do people do nightcaps anymore?).  What I noticed was that the expo did not attract those just looking to get drunk.  It was somewhat of an education and the food was great.

 *I visited Oaxaca last year and had the pleasure naturally of sampling a variety of mexcals from a place that produces them.  I didn’t realize they came in so many flavours like coconut and passion fruit.  I brought some back and they’re nice to pour over ice cream for a light dessert to enjoy with company.  




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