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Vancouver International Tequila Expo

  • May 12 - May 12
  • Vancouver Convention Centre East
  • 999 Canada Place Way
    Vancouver, BC
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Vancouver Convention Centre East
999 Canada Place Way
Saturday, May 12, 2012

11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Seminar: Tequila 101
History, culture, production and tasting
Tickets $45 + s/c

Embark on a tasting journey to the beautiful yet enigmatic blue agave landscape in the highlands, lowlands, and valleys of Tequila Country with Canada's National Tequila Examiner Eric Lorenz.

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1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Seminar: The Ancient Origins of Agave Spirits
Tickets: $45 + s/c

Have you ever wanted to know more about the ancient (pre-Hispanic) origins of tequila, mezcal, sotol, and other agave spirits? This seminar will explore the evidence for the earliest fermented agave beverages such as pulque and the first maguey-heart wines - from which all our beloved agave spirits evolved! While tasting a selection of exceptional 100% agave tequilas, you'll ponder the discovery of fermentation and learn about the ancient peoples of Mesoamerica (such as the Mexica/Aztecs, Tarascans, Tarahumara, and Huicholes) who drank these beverages and their customs and beliefs about alcohol. You'll also hear about their methods and tools for making alcohol from agave, and even consider exciting new evidence of some of the earliest agave spirit distillation methods pre-dating Spanish Contact. If you are at all interested in the archaeology of agave spirits, you won't want to miss this session!

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3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Trade Tasting
Open to industry professionals

Working in liquor retail or hospitality? Would you like to enhance your knowledge about tequila in order to better serve your customers? 
For more information, email

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6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Main Event: Grand Tasting Hall
Open to the general public
Tickets: $72.00
($65.00 + $7 s/c)

Join us for the Main Event and taste the excellent selection of tequila brands, styles, and expressions offered by our exhibitors in a fun yet elegant setting. Ticket price of $65 includes ten (10) tasting tokens. 

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Tastings Around Town

Local restaurants will be helping celebrate the inaugural Vancouver International Tequila Festival with Tasting Menus featuring cocktails and tequila-infused cuisine.

Check the Tequila Expo website for up-to-date listings!
For information about becoming a restaurant partner, email

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