Firstly, I want to apologise for my absence, I have been quite busy and injured (I strained my back lol) so that is why I have not been very active recently. Now, if there is something I will never get tired of saying, no matter when you read this is: London is the most amazing city in the world! One of its best features is, there is always something to do. This time I am going to talk about ‘Festivals’.
London has urban festivals going on ALL THE TIME. Right now, there is the ‘Magic festival’ where you can go and discover what inspired J.K. Rowling for Harry Potter, new facts, exhibitions, original transcripts and more. There is also the Apple festival, Vegan food festival, Food festival, Sausage festival, Burgers’ festival, Milkshakes festival, Horror festival, 50’s and 60’s festivals, The Beatles festival, Queen’s festivals, the list goes on. But let’s be honest, my favourite ones are the “whatever alcoholic drink- festival”.
I have attended several this year, but in this post, I am going to talk about two: The Rosé festival and the Tequila Festival (because I am Mexican). And just for the record, I will not talk about the beer festivals, as that would need a whole post on its own.
In July, we went to the Rosé festival. A super elegant, kind of posh but very, VERY enjoyable event. We arrived there at 3 p.m. and the ambience was cosy. The only bad thing was there was a bit of a drizzle (But, hey, it is London). First, we headed to the ‘Prosecco Van’ where we bought two glasses of delicious, cold and bubbly rosé. It was fresh and a bit dry, just as it should be. It was delicious. Then we decided to try something that caught my attention, it was a ‘cider’. When we approached the stand, they explained to us that indeed it is a cider made from fresh apple juice, with a hint of French Rosé; this drink is GORGEOUS, one of the best things that I have ever drank in my entire life. And for all the fitness green-healthy/diet lovers, it is just 70 calories! Bring on the cider! The one we tried is called ‘La Sulfureuse’, which is French. Honestly, if you ever get the chance of trying, I tell you, you MUST have a go.
We also tried some fancy stuff. ‘Cuvée Rosé’ from Laurent-Perrier, a rosé champagne which is amazing, its taste is fruity and fresh, which leaves a berry after taste that is delicious. I like it very much, although Angelo is not a fan of the sweetness so he found it too sweet for him. It was a quite an expensive glass, but hey, something we need to remember about London is, its biggest disadvantage is that everything is bloody expensive, so that was expected. Still, once in a while you can splash the cash. We also tried the rosé ‘Cloud Chaser’, dry and leaving a freshness after drinking, this rosé is a must try too; it is not a bubbly one, more like a wine which it is delicious and if you ever see it I recommend you buy it. Finally, we had a few cocktails from the Martini Co. The Martini Rosé was the sweetest drink we had, but I really liked it, again it really depends on your taste.
Then in August, we went to the Tequila festival. Where the environment was way more casual, relaxed and colourful. There was a Mexican folkloric ballet performing, formed by Mexican people living in London. I have met them before. At the entry, you could buy a 12-pound stamp-card which could be used for one e beer, one tequila cocktail and four shots of tequila or mezcal, and they gave us a ‘Tequila bible’ which listed 35+ different types of tequila from all around Mexico. And without wanting to sound pretentious, I knew most of them, :P.
So, we decided to try out the ones I haven’t tried, and Angelo, well he just wanted to get wasted because, to be honest, if you go to a Tequila festival and you do not end up completely pissed, you failed as a Mexican and/or as a human being. We obviously had a Jose Cuervo Margarita for our cocktail because they are simply the best margaritas. But I want to talk about the tequilas, the mezcales and the shots.
We tried the ‘Aquariva Blanco Tequila Silver’ which is made on the highlands of Jalisco, Mexico. This is, by the way, the Land of tequila. 8 years, it does not leave a burn aftertaste as most of the tequilas, but you can feel the flavour of the agave. I like it, but I have the feeling that it would be much better for cocktails than for shots. Then we tried a mezcal, ‘Dangerous Don Café Mezcal’ as its name states it does has a coffee aftertaste, but it is strong and you can feel the burn, which is AMAZING. I loved this one and funnily enough, I never heard of it before (shame on me) from the region of Oaxaca, south of Mexico, a beautiful place to go and have holidays BTW. Another tequila we tried was ‘Cazcabel Blanco Tequila’ very nice, it tastes as tequila should taste, strong but with a very nice scent, perfect for shots, again a 10/10 from beautiful Jalisco. Honestly, if you want to start your trip into the tequila world, this could be a very good start.
Finally, another new mezcal for me, also from Oaxaca, ‘Nuestra Soledad Ejutla’ is a very, VERY strong mezcal, which is quite contrasting with its sweet, fruity flavours too. It was enjoyable, although, if you are not used to shots or strong spirits, this might be a bit shocking for your first mescal. But if you are feeling adventurous and want to go for it, or maybe you are quite tipsy and simply do not care lol, you should try it, it is a very Mexican experience.
The tequila festival also had a Mariachi group performing classic Mexican music and they even played ‘Despacito’ in a mariachi version, which was awesome. And if you are in the UK and you like to put some spice to your food, I recommend the ‘Kankun’ sauce, a delicious, handmade sauce created by a Mexican which has a good range of different flavours with gradually increased ‘spiciness’ so you can try them out. Finally, a list of the well-known and always good, classic tequilas I recommend, just in case you do not feel like trying something extreme: Jose Cuervo (all its range), 1800 tequila silver, Casamigos blanco, corralejo blanco, Don agustin blanco tequila, Don Julio (all its range), el Jimador (all its range), Gran Centenario Plata Tequila, Herradura Tequila (all its range), Monte Alban mezcal, Patron tequila (all its range).
If you have the opportunity of attending ANY London festival, I strongly encourage you to do it. There is always something going on, there are festivals from different cultures and communities, such as: Caribbean, Middle Easters, Cuban, Latin-Americans. Whatever you feel like trying out, there will be a festival for it.
Also, I am leaving all the links from the mentioned drinks/spirits/wines so you can check it out. I hope you enjoyed this post! Read you next time! X
‘The Prosecco Van’
‘Sassy cidre Rose’
Laurent-Perrier ‘Cuvée Rosé’
‘Cloud Chaser Rose’
Jose Cuervo Tequila
Aquariva Blanco Tequila Silver
Dangerous Don Cafe Mezcal
Cazcabel Blanco Tequila
Nuestra Soledad Ejutla