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Tequila is for lovers. Just ask returning guest Reydeen Brooks, who met her significant other at the event 2 years ago. Tequila & Mezcal lovers will unite, once again, in the 'most simpatico' city of San Diego. The 5th Annual Spirits of Mexico event takes place starting at 5:30PM on Saturday September 15 at Liberty Station's NTC Promenade and is honored to present more than 80 styles of Tequilas and Mezcals. The immensely popular Scorpion Mezcal (the one with the bug in the bottle) and several new brands are being introduced at this year's event, including an amazing line of Reposados from ITG/Tequila Rack and Espanta Suegras (translates as Scary Mother-in-Law).

Tequila & Mezcal lovers will unite, once again, in the 'most simpatico' city of San Diego. The 5th Annual Spirits of Mexico event takes place starting at 5:30PM on Saturday September 15 at Liberty Station's NTC Promenade and is honored to present more than 80 styles of Tequilas and Mezcals. The immensely popular Scorpion Mezcal (the one with the bug in the bottle) and several new brands are being introduced at this year's event, including an amazing line of Reposados from ITG/Tequila Rack and Espanta Suegras (translates as Scary Mother-in-Law).

Also celebrating Mexican Independence Day, a traditional mariachi band will lead a parade of Andalusian Horses to open the even, courtesy of Phillip Soto Mares, President of Tequila El Duende de Don Felipe & President of the Academia Mexicana del Tequila, US--and the Gutierrez Family. The impeccably romantic sound of Mario Olivares will continue to charm guests throughout the evening.

At the 1st Tasting Competition dedicated solely to these spirits, more than 65 Tequilas and Mezcals will be judged by a team of professionals at the Hacienda Old Town.

At the event, VIP guests will receive more than just 'tastes' of each spirit. Pending availability, seminars will run throughout the evening, hosted by the Academia. Meet Master Distillers Sebastian Melendrez of 4 Copas, Guillermo Mendoza of Espanta Suegras, Phillip Soto Mares, Doug French of Scorpion Mezcal, Carlos Newton & Federico Newton of El Destilador, Jaime Orendain of Arette Unique & Paco de la Mora of Tequila El Llano.

The French Gourmet will serve ample culinary Mexican fare. Bid on an assortment of items at the silent auction, benefiting the Sky Ranch Foundation. Rare collectable bottles--some signed by the Master Blender--items generously donated by participating brands and ageing barrels, courtesy of Tequila.net, are offered so winning bidders can 'age' Tequilas & Mezcals. Goody Bags, sponsored by Para Mi Tequila, are reserved for the first 250 VIP admissions.

!A full weekend of celebrations!

On Friday Sept. 14, Cafe Coyote in Old Town is hosting a 6 Course Tequila Tasting Dinner. Spirits of Mexico Competition Judges and Master Distillers will delight each guest with tales of the agave. Contact Christine Smith at 619-291-4695 for reservations--seating is limited.

And, on Saturday after the event, an official from the Mexican Embassy will perform the 'CRY OF THE GRITO' at Cafe Coyote's Cantina at 11:15PM

Cry of the Grito On the early morning of September 16, 1810, the bells of the church of Dolores, Hidalgo, tolled to congregate the people to mass. However, the church's priest Miguel Hidalgo, with the cries "Mexicans, long live Mexico!" and "Live the Virgin of Guadalupe!" incited the people to rebel against injustices and take up arms in favor of the revolution. This event is known as El Grito de Independencia-the Cry for Independence-and is celebrated throughout Mexico as the day its struggle for independence began, and the birth of a new nation was forged.

On Sunday, PocoTequila, with sponsors Fina Estampa & Los Abuelos Tequilas, hosts a Lobster Bus Adventure to Puerto Nuevo for Baja Lobster. SOLD OUT

Watch videos of last year's event at letsplaydowntown.com.

Staying the night? The Hacienda in Old Town offers special rates of $149 per night. Be sure to mention Spirits of Mexico when contacting Jackie Skinner at Tzell Travel 1-800-326-0024 x 2280.

Join the following Sponsors in celebrating the Spirits of Mexico: Academia Mexicana del Tequila, Anchor Brewing, Riedel Crystal, Caballeros Inc., Cafe Coyote, De La Concha, El Duende de Don Felipe, French Gourmet, Hacienda Old Town, NTC Promenade, Hilton Homewood Suites, Imbibe Magazine, PocoTequila, Tequila.net, ITG / Tequila Rack, Milagro Tequila, LetsPlayDowntown and Partida Tequila.

Come and taste these participating brands and more!
1921, 4 Copas, Para Mi, Oro Azul, Sol Azul (competition only), 267 Tequila Infusion Chili Peppers (competition only), Herradura, Don Julio, Don Eduardo, Jose Cuervo, Reserva de la Familia, El Agave Artesanal, El Duende de Don Felipe, Chaya--the ITG Group/Tequila Rack's Arette Unique, Don Celso, El Llano, Penacho Azetca, El Caudillo--Espanta Suegras, Los Abuelos, Partida, Marquez de Valencia (competition only), Fina Estampa, Milagro and Caballeros Inc.'s full line of Scorpion Mezcals.

Viva Hidalgo! Viva la Independencia! Viva Mexico! Viva San Diego!

To learn more and to purchase admissions, visit polishedpalate.com

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