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

NM Cocktails & Culture Culinary Festival: 

May 31 – June 2, 2019

At the DRURY PLAZA HOTEL 

NMCC Culinary Week, featuring participating restaurants, cooking classes, pop up dinners and more:

June 2 – 9, 2019

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TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE TO INDIVIDUAL EVENTS ($30 – $95)

OR

$250 ALL-INCLUSIVE VIP FESTIVAL WEEKEND PASS, DETAILS BELOW

Schedule:

Friday, May 31, 2019

TACO WARS! 6:00 – 9:00 pm 

THE kick off to summer in Santa Fe featuring creative tacos, delicious cocktails, music by Nosotros, and donations to SF Animal Shelter

Saturday, June 1, 2019

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

yoga class to a live musician as well as smoothies and cocktails afterwards

Seminars: 11:30 – 6:45 pm

Bobby G’s Classic Whiskey Cocktail Workshop
Pisco and South American spirits
How To Tiki, History and Cocktail Workshop
Cognac, Armagnac and French Cocktail Workshop
Vodka Tasting and VIP Cocktail Party with Tony Abou Ganim

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

The weekend’s “Grand Tasting” where chefs present food and cocktail pairings in an elegant and fun setting

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Fundraising Bike Ride for Helen David Relief Fund: 10 am – 1 pm

Sunday Funday Fiesta: 1-4 pm

Bloody Battle (live bartender competition)
Tasting Area & Art Show

Sunday, June 2-9, 2019

NEW! June 2 – 9, 2019 NM Cocktails & Culture Culinary Week: 

When the festival is over, check out the brand new NM Cocktails & Culture Culinary Week – it’s a different kind of restaurant week featuring food and drinks at participating restaurants around the state. 

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ALL-INCLUSIVE $250 VIP FESTIVAL WEEKEND PASS CLICK HERE!

Includes ALL of the following:

TACO WARS! sells out every year but your VIP Weekend Pass guarantees your spot, plus:

5pm entry to the exclusive VIP spirits panel and select tasting room

priority line to the 6 pm Taco Wars main floor 

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

ALL Seminars 

CHEF & SHAKER CHALLENGE GRAND TASTING: 7:00 – 10:00 pm *VIP Pass entrance at 6:45

Bartender Battle (live competition) with Cocktail Tasting Party & Art Show: 1 – 4 pm

  • priority entrance to events
  • T-shirt
  • commemorative cocktail glass

Please NOTE: We reserve the right to refuse service. Intoxicated or disruptive persons will be escorted out of the event, per New Mexico Law

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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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*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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