Welcome to the Festival!

“New Mexico Cocktails & Culture is a great way to discover culinary treasures as well as rich music, art and cultural heritage. We look forward to returning!” ~Jill and Dale DeGroff
“AMAZING! Natalie Bovis produced a fantastic Festival that celebrates the art of the Mixologist, creative cocktails and world class hospitality…I can’t wait to see what is in store this year!” ~Tony Abou Ganim

Cocktails & Culture Culinary Festival: 

May 31 – June 2, 2019


Cocktails & Culture Culinary Week, in participating restaurants:

June 2 – 9, 2019




  •  Friday: TACO WARS opening party with private tasting
  • Saturday: all interactive culinary and mixology seminars, cocktail parties, Chef & Shaker Grand Tasting
  • Sunday: the Bartender Battle live competition
  • Plus: early entrance to all events, t-shirt, and commemorative cocktail glass!


Mixology is the liquid piece of the culinary world. This festival teaches everything necessary to “raise the bar” in restaurants and home entertaining while sampling some of the best food, cocktails and parties in the state!

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Friday, May 31, 2019

TACO WARS! 6:00 – 9:00 pm


Saturday, June 1, 2019

Mind Body Spirits rooftop yoga: 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

Seminars: 125:30 pm

CHEF & SHAKER CHALLENGE: 7:00 – 10:00 pm


Sunday, June 2, 2019

Tony Abou Ganim’s Fundraising Bike Ride for Helen David Relief Fund: 10 am – 1 pm

Bloody Battle (live bartender competition), Tasting Room & Art Show: 1 – 4 pm


Sunday, June 3, 2019

NM Cocktails & Culture Culinary Week, special menus featured in restaurants around the state


*Please NOTE: We reserve the right to refuse service. Intoxicated persons will be escorted out of events.

Is “mixology” different than “bartending?”  The hospitable profession of bartending has deep roots in American history. In the Wild West, the bartender often held social importance equivalent to the mayor as the keeper of the saloon – second only to the church as the heartbeat of socializing, with the bars being just a bit more lively! Famous bartenders from the 1800s, and many of their concoctions, are still revered today. When Prohibition was enforced between 1920 – 33, some of America’s most important bartenders moved to Europe, enlightening cocktailians abroad by elevating lounges such as the American Bar at the Savoy Hotel in London, as only one example. Meanwhile, in the mid 20th century, American cocktail culture was all but lost to bad booze and ‘drinking for intoxication’ rather than sipping a well-crafted drink for the pleasure of the palate. Over the last couple of decades, cocktail culture reestablished itself as an elevated piece of the culinary universe, and the study of spirits and early recipes has swept the globe. Come, steep yourself in cocktail culture!

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