NM Cocktail & Culinary Festival: May 29 – 31

“New Mexico Cocktail & Culinary Festival is a great way to discover culinary treasures, 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

(Over 21 years old only, ID required, no children)

Bartending is making drinks. Hospitality is taking care of people. Mixology is the liquid piece of the culinary world. New Mexico is the Land of Enchantment, filled with culinary traditions.

The NM Cocktail & Culinary Festival combines it all into a 3-day extravaganza of incredible food, world-renowned mixology teachers and liquor brands, and some of the most popular parties in the state!

2020 NM Cocktail & Culinary Festival Schedule:

Friday, May 29:

TACO WARS!

5 pm: SOLD OUT VIP Ticket includes agave spirits seminar

6:30 – 9:30 pm: General Admission main floor ticket

Saturday, May 30

10 – 11 am: rooftop yoga with Emily Branden

11:30 – 1 pm: Food-and-Cocktail Pairing Luncheon with Bobby G Gleason and Eloisa Executive Chef Mario presented by Beam Suntory

1:30 – 2:15 pm: Pisco Cocktails and Special Tasting presented by Caravedo Pisco

2:30 – 3:45 pm: Hands-On Mixology Workshop with Tony Abou-Ganim

4 – 4:45 pm: Coffee Cocktails with Egor Polonskiy presented by Patron Tequila

6:30 – 8:30 pm: Chef & Shaker Challenge “Bootleggers Ball” 1920s themed Happy Hour, sampling of food-and-cocktail pairings by celebrated chefs

Sunday, May 31:

10 am – 1 pm: Helen David Relief Fund bike ride for bartenders facing breast cancer

12:30 – 1: 45 pm: Situational Awareness: How Military Training Can Make for a Better Bartender with Giovanni Martinez presented by Illegal Mezcal

1 – 4 pm: Sunday Funday Fiesta, featuring tasting tables, art show, cookout, and the NMCC Bartender of the Year competition

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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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