2016 Mezcal Fair Oaxaca

There are many other events that take place in Oaxaca during the two weeks of the Guelaguetza festival, including concerts, exhibits, conferences and the International Mezcal Mezcal-Fair-Bottle-300x237Fair where you can sample different varieties of this alcoholic drink. Founded in 1997 this event is for lovers of the traditional Mexican drink, with competitions, traditional dances and fireworks.

WHEN: July 19, 2016 – July 29, 2016 all-day Repeats
WHERE: Oaxaca, Mexico

During and in conjunction with the Mezcal Fair is Guelaguetza Oaxaca

During BOTH festivals you’ll enjoy a feast of typical foods from the best Oaxaca’s cuisine has to offer, such as the famous tlayudas, pan de cazuela sweet bread, tamales, chocolate, local fruits, tamales wrapped in banana leaf, totomoxtle, atole, entomatadas, enfrijoladas, roast beef tasajo, chillied beef, quesadillas, slow-cooked lamb, tejate, nicuatole, memelas with pork fritters, regional sweets and sorbets, as well as items of black pottery, hats and textiles.

Every passing year, the event is a roaring success; thousands of people arrive before dawn and, for almost 3 hours, a dozen groups infecting the audience with their joy. Take in the endless color, with each group accompanied by its own musical “banda” group, string trio or percussion group.

Dancers from the seven regions of the state of Oaxaca (Cañada, Mixteca, Valles, Sierra, Tuxtepec, Costa and Itsmo de Tehuantepec) arrive dressed in typical costumes in order to share with you their dances and flavors of mestizo cuisine.

The 81st edition of the Guelaguetza will take place on July 21st and 28th, kicking off at 10:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Here is a fun article titled: Oaxaca’s All-You-Can-Drink Mezcal Festival Is as Crazy as You’d Expect

Caution: It's said 'for everything there is Mezcal' but we add 'except for one thing' - getting drunk. Please drink responsibly. The most accurate and dependable book on living life at its fullest says 'wine (or Mezcal) makes the heart rejoice' and 'makes life enjoyable' (Ps 104:15; Ec 10:19) but overindulgence can certainly lead to harm (Pr 23:29-31)! If you drink at all please drink in moderation! (Quotes from NWT)