To kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15th – October 15th, La Barca Cantina will host an exclusive, one-day only mezcal festival called Panorama Mezcal Festival. The event will occur on Sunday, September 18th from 5:00pm – 8:30pm, with a special VIP hour beginning at 4pm.
“As a Mexico City native, I have always been intrigued by the state of Oaxaca, where I first discovered the world of mezcal,” says Panorama Mezcal’s founder José “Chema” María Dondé Rangel. “It’s my passion to build a platform for the voices, producers and thought leaders in the mezcal movement today, and I am excited to bring their world to La Barca Cantina for the largest Panorama Mezcal Festival to date.”
La Barca Cantina made history as NYC’s first and only floating Mexican restaurant. The three-level yacht at Pier 81 is the perfect way to bid summer adieu with unmatched skyline views and delicious Mexican-fare.
Exclusive tastings and seminars will take place during the festival to further immerse guests in the nature of Mexican distilled spirits. Passengers will be able to sample over 300 agave spirits from producers such as Mal Bien, Santanera, Cuixe, El Jolgorio and so many more. Educational courses will be under the instruction of the most well-known figures in the agave industry.
Learn the difference between certificate Mezcal and Distill Agave spirits at Agave Culture & Certification with Tess Rose Lampert, hear how you can welcome agave spritis into a beverage program with Agave Beverages with Yana Volfson, and discover the rich history, culture, and tradition behind making agave spirits with Vino de Mezcal from the Region of Tequila with David Suro.
“We’re thrilled to bring Panorama Mezcal Festival to our space and showcase the leading experts in this beverage category, which is just as diverse and terroir-driven, yet not as well-known, as wine. We are so excited to bring this culture to life at the city’s first floating mezcal festival,” explains Craig Kanarick, Chief Executive Officer of New York Cruise Lines.
While you’re enjoying an array of distilled spirits and lite bites, dance under the stars to energetic Latin music from DJ Beto and a live performance by Duo Dinámico Erika and Gustavo.
General admission tickets (including tastings and one seminar) are $75 and VIP tickets (including one hour extra of access to all seminars, a free tasting notebook, plus a complementary copita glass traditionally used for tasting mezcal) are $125.
Find out more and book your tickets here.
When: Sunday, September 18th
Where: La Barca Cantina is docked at Pier 81, W 41st St & 12th Ave, New York