Fiesta of Flavors Food Festival in Old Town

August 30, 2010

–Enjoy Tastes from Old Town Restaurants & Live Entertainment–

The Fiesta of Flavors event is coming to Old Town this September as a part of the largest agave festival in the United States, the Spirits of Mexico Festival.

Hosted by the Old Town Chamber of Commerce, Polished Palate and Fiesta de Reyes, Fiesta of Flavors features non-stop entertainment, live demonstrations, a tequila garden and samplings from 14 restaurants in Old Town. The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Spirits of Mexico Festival, annually held in San Diego, has already been hosting private tasting competitions this year, when judges select entries headed for the final competition.  The finals, which begins the public portion of the Spirits of Mexico Festival, will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at Café Coyote in Old Town.  The awards dinner and ceremony will be held at Barra Barra Saloon in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park on Friday, Sept. 17.  Tickets to both of these events are available online at www.thespiritsofmexico.com.

The Fiesta of Flavors event will include performances by Chunky Sanchez y Los Alacranes, the Calpulli Mexihca Dance Ensemble, the Gutierrez Family Andalusian Horses and a live ‘harvesting’ of agaves by third-generation jimador, Jose Cortes, ambassador and spokesman for El Jimador Tequila, Mexico’s No.1 selling tequila.

The event also features a free Everything Agave exposition, featuring agave products for sale from a variety of merchants.  Participating vendors at press time included Tienda de Reyes, Fiesta Cocina, Hot Licks, El Agave Tequileria, Urban Seed, Bazaar del Mundo, Amore Cheesecakes, Acapulco Restaurant and Royal Palm Nursery.

Participating restaurants in the Fiesta of Flavors event include Barra Barra Saloon, Old Town Mexican Café, Café Coyote, El Agave Tequileria, Rockin’ Baja, Casa Guadalajara, Acapulco Restaurant, Cold Stone in Old Town, Crazee Burger, Viva El Café, Zocalo, El Fandango, Pizza Bella and 25 Forty Bistro & Bakehouse.

The Spirits of Mexico Main Event, including dinner, seminars, guest talks, tastes and demonstrations from more than 100 agave distillers from throughout Mexico, will be held at The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Restaurant on Saturday evening, Sept. 18, starting at 6 p.m. The main event will wrap up the official Spirits of Mexico Festival Day in San Diego.

Tickets to the Fiesta of Flavors event are $25 per person. Tickets to Fiesta of Flavors plus general admission to the Spirits of Mexico Main Event are $65.  VIP early entrance to the main event plus Fiesta of Flavors is $85 per person. To purchase tickets, visit the Old Town Visitor Center at 2415 San Diego Ave., suite 107, or visit www.OldTownSanDiegoguide.com.  The public can call 619-291-4903 for more information.

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