Tequila Expo

Grand Tasting Hall

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel Vancouver

Individual tickets $79
Groups of 6+ $69


This is the main event featuring over 20 tequila and mezcal brands under one roof! Make sure you've eaten dinner before you come to enjoy this celebration of agave spirits. And make sure you check out the Cocktail Competition early and often for tastes of Peloton de la Muerte Mezcal cocktails crafted by some of BC's top bartenders! We will also have fantastic food and additional refreshments from our generous sponsors:

Note that all prices include service charges, all food and all spirits tasting - i.e. no more tokens to purchase for 2016! However, all guests will receive 3 tokens (included) for tasting spirits priced at $400+ retail.

About the Expo

The Fifth Annual Vancouver International Tequila Expo (VITE) is Canada’s largest festival dedicated to Mexico’s number one export spirit. The festival aims to increase the presence of tequila and mezcal in Canada. British Columbia tequila sales in 2014 reached $25.8 million and are growing every year, especially in the high-end premium category. In fact, since our inaugural 2012 event, BC tequila sales have increased more than 16%. This year’s VITE will fuel that growth even further. Our Main Event is a public Grand Tasting Hall (1000 tickets available) with an afternoon trade component to ensure maximum exposure to tequila products and a large customer base. During Vancouver Agave Week (May 23-28), we are holding fun roving party events, tequila seminars, master classes, and pairing dinners at venues around Vancouver to further promote tequila and other agave spirits.

VITE 2016 will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016. The date places the Expo well after the Vancouver International Wine Festival and just in time for spring and summer when agave spirits sales increase. This timing will allow tequila and mezcal brands and sponsors to place themselves before a large core of agave aficionados, cocktail imbibers, and high-end spirits consumers. The afternoon trade tasting event will also draw buyers from across British Columbia and Alberta.

Trade Tasting


Saturday, May 28, 2016
Hyatt Regency Hotel Vancouver
4-6pm (ENTRY ONLY UNTIL 5:15pm)

All proceeds to BC Hospitality Foundation

If you work in liquor retail or the hospitality industry and would like to enhance your knowledge about tequila and mezcal, we offer an exclusive trade event especially for you.

Limited number of tickets available - no entry after 5:15pm. To enter, you will be required to show your business card and/or cheque stub from your bar, restaurant, hotel, liquor store or other hospitality establishment serving alcohol.

Please email Trade with any questions not answered above.

Host Venue and Hotel

Regency Ballroom
Hyatt Regency Hotel Vancouver
655 Burrard Street
Vancouver, British Columbia

Plan a whole night out! You can take advantage of the preferred room rates at the Hyatt Regency Hotel online or by calling 1-800-233-1234 with the code 68570.

Agave Week 2016

The week of May 23 - 28 will feature a program of unique Agave tasting events at venues around the city. These events will include education seminars, agave safaris, brand tastings and hosted parties. Click here for details!

East Van Taco Safari
The Ultimate Taco Tuesday featuring tacos, tequila, & mezcal at Los Cuervos Taqueria, La Mezcaleria, Tacofino Commissary, Juniper, & Taco Bar Gastown


Viva Mexico! Cooking & Tequila Tasting Class
at Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts


Downtown Food & Agave Safari
featuring bites and bevvies at Joe Fortes, Lift, Beach Bay Cafe, Showcase, & Black and Blue


Tequila 101:
History, culture, production and tasting

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Mezcal 101:
History, geography, culture, process & tasting


Presenting Sponsor

First Majestic

Official On-Site Store

Legacy Liquor Store

Charity Beneficiary

BC Hospitality Foundation



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