Smithsonian to make Tequila in Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian Institution started work today on assembling the first tequila distillery on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The museum complex will be producing limited quantities of tequila as a part of the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival, running from today, June 24 through June 28 and July 1-5.

Don’t get too excited. You can’t drink any of the tequila. They will be only for demo and  for educational purposes for part of several exhibits on Mexican culture, with demonstrations on traditional foods and agricultural techniques. This includes the tequila-making station to highlight the country’s native agave plant.

The Mexican theme is one of three large-scale outdoor exhibits on display during the 44th annual festival. The two other themes are “Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties” and “Smithsonian Inside Out.”

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