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Taste of Mexico

Join us for a new event highlighting the cuisine and beverages of Mexico! Tequila tastings, food, and live music.

Taste of Mexico

Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, 2012
Noon – 6 p.m. 
Meadow west of Evening Island

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Advance:  $25 members/$30 nonmembers
Day-of:  $30 members/$35 nonmembers
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Mariachi BandTaste of Mexico highlights the cuisine and beverages of Mexico. Guests will enjoy tastings of tequila, specialty cocktails, Mexican beers, and savor and learn about the best of Mexico’s food and beverage traditions. Local restaurants will sell dishes originating from Oaxaca, Jalisco, Veracruz, and Guanajuato in Mexico. The event also will feature live music and demonstrations.

Tequila, Mexico’s national drink, is an alcoholic spirit made in central Mexico from the distilled sap of Agave tequilana 'Weber's Blue', or blue agave. Tequila owes its existence to the evolution of mezcal, a drink that originated when the conquistadors were in search of a stronger beverage than pulque — the fermented sap of the maguey, or agave, plant — so they began distilling it. The most pronounced difference between mezcal and tequila is that mezcal offers a bold, smoky flavor, a result of roasting the agave before distillation. With tequila, the plant is steamed before distillation, allowing the agave itself to be the prominent flavor. All three drinks — pulque, mezcal, and tequila — are made from different species of agave. Today tequila can only be produced in the Mexican state of Jalisco and specified regions in the states of Tamaulipas, Guanajuato, Nayarit, and Michoacan.



  • Corona
  • Don Julio Tequila 
  • Jose Cuervo Tequila
  • Modelo
  • Pacifico
  • Victoria



  • Copper Canyon
  • Cozumel
  • Ixtapa
  • Jalisco
  • Mexico City
  • Oaxaca


  • Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico–USA
  • Nuestro Queso
  • Highland Park Illinois Sister Cities Foundation
Stage Schedule
Saturday, June 16
1 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Nacional de Victor Soria
2:15 p.m. Alebrije (Mexican folk-art)
3 p.m. Mezcal presentation with Mixologist
3:45 p.m. History of Mexican Cuisine and Tasting with Chef Carlos of Mexique
4:30 p.m. Mariachi band
Sunday, June 17
12 p.m. Ballet Folklorico Nacional de Victor Soria
1:15 p.m. Oaxaca Touristic presentation
1:45 p.m. Textiles of Oaxaca
2:30 p.m. History and Origins of Tequila and Tasting
3:20 p.m. Cooking demonstration with Chef Dudley of San Gabriel Mexican Café
4:15 p.m. La Guelaguetza dancers
5 p.m. Mariachi band

Sponsored by Mexico Tourism

Sponsored by American Airlines