Scoff a Mexican feast with Santiago Lastra
The only thing that makes mezcal better is mezcal paired with food, so a tasting menu with matching cocktails is right up our street – and when the food comes from Mexican chef Santiago Lastra, it'll be right up yours, too. If you needed any convincing, you'll be pleased to know that Lastra's CV is well-seasoned with stints at the celebrated Mugaritz and at NOMA's pop up in Mexico. He specialises in working with local produce to create Mexican-style food – in the UK, that means dishes like mole made with seaweed, and salt-baked Welsh lamb shoulder with borracha sauce and tortillas made with Scottish grains. Sign. Us. Up.
From £37pp; Tuesday 11 September.
Learn about the relationship between mezcal and art
Drinking mezcal isn't just about boozing, y'know. The spirit is shrouded in tradition and culture, and just one of the ways to find out more is at this exhibition, launching with an event hosted by London Mezcal Week founder Thea Cumming and mezcal photographer Anna Bruce. There'll be special cocktails devised by Oaxaca-based bartender Brooks Bailey, while Mexican textile specialist Samuel Bautista Lazo is flying over to talk about Zapotec weaving techniques.
£5pp entry; Wednesday 12 September, 7-11pm.
Sip loads of mezcal
This is the big one, the daddy of all the Mezcal Week events and, boy, is it a goodie: the chance to get your chops around the UK's largest selection of mezcals, including some that have never been available in the UK before. £25 will get you a two-hour session in TT Liquor's tasting room, cruising around sippin' mezcal and chatting to producers who have flown over specially for the event. Cocktails from Ojo Rojo kick off from 4pm, and TT Liquor's DJs will be providing the tunes for an evening of mezcal-fuelled grooving. Bring your party hat.
£25pp; sessions taking place Friday 14 and Saturday 15 September
Eat a ten-course tasting menu
Yeah OK, we know it's food again, but what did you expect from us? It's the best way to learn about a different country and culture, after all... But then we would say that. Anyway, get yourself to Cub – the sustainability-focused Hoxton-based restaurant from cocktail maestro Mr Lyan and Doug McMaster, previously of Brighton's Silo – for a ten-course set menu of food and cocktails designed to bring the spirit of Mexico to life, and showcase the portfolio of vaunted mezcal brand Illegal while it's at it.
£60pp including all food and cocktails; Wednesday 12 September 7-11pm
Party at Sin Gusano
There are shedloads of special events going on around London, but if you're at a loss, stop in at Sin Gusano, a dedicated mezcal residency at Curio Cabal on Kingsland Road. And make sure you go on Saturday night, when Oaxaca-based audio visual art events company Teatro Magico is throwing a big ol' party.
Saturday 15 September. 258 Kingsland Road, E8 4DG
To book tickets for all events, go to londonmezcalweek.com