Mexico City prepares for the 4th Festival of the Traditional Pulquerías

April 2, 2017
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The celebration dedicated to one of the oldest traditions of Mexico returns to the Museo de los Ferrocarrileros with the fourth edition of the Traditional Pulquerías Festival. The festival will offer flavors from over 27 pulquerías – most from Mexico City – with the purpose of spreading the history, cultural and flavor of the pulque.

The event will be held April 29th and 30th.

You can enjoy and nurture your knowledge around this drink through round tables, conferences and concerts of rock, ska, danzón and traditional music. All free of charge.

Pulquerías are a type of tavern in Mexico that specialize in serving an alcoholic beverage known as pulque. These taverns were associated with extravagant decorations and names, social drinking, music, dancing, gambling, fighting, crime, and sexual promiscuity. Central to daily life and culture in Mexico, government authorities throughout history generally saw them as threats to the social order and the progress of the nation. Numerous restrictions were later put on pulquerías and the sale of pulque. Today, there are very few pulquerías left operating in Mexico.

Pulque is an alcoholic beverage made from the fermented sap of the maguey (agave) plant. It is traditional to central Mexico, where it has been produced for millennia.

The drink’s history extends far back into the Mesoamerican period, when it was considered sacred, and its use was limited to certain classes of people. After the Spanish Conquest of Mexico, the drink became secular and its consumption rose. The consumption of pulque reached its peak in the late 19th century. In the 20th century, the drink fell into decline, mostly because of competition from beer, which became more prevalent with the arrival of European immigrants. There are some efforts to revive the drink’s popularity through tourism





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