While it might not be an official holiday here in Canada, that hasn’t stopped Vancovuerites from getting together every year in honour of Cinco de Mayo. What better way to celebrate than with a cerveza (beer) in hand, and a ton of delicious food in your belly??
In case you didn’t know, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day (that’s in September). This holiday celebrates the Mexican defeat of the French army in 1862.
Now that we’ve got that cleared up, let’s dive into our roundup of Cinco de Mayo festivities going on this year.
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Although it’s not food-related or technically on Cinco de Mayo, there’s a Mexican-American (Xicanx) art exhibition coming to MOA at UBC on Thursday, May 12th that may expand your knowledge of the holiday.
The artists are of Xicanx heritage and delve into the multi-generational experience of their identity in their ‘Dreamers & Changemakers’ exhibit. Come learn about the ancestral homeland of Aztlán, the Chicano civil rights movement in the U.S., and more.
When: Thursday, May 12th
Where: 6393 NW Marine Drive, Museum of Anthropology
Want to take the celebration out to the club? Come on out to Bar None in Yaletown for a Mexican-themed party with DJ Thunder and DJ Dre! Hosted by Vancouver Latin Events, the party will feature a mix of traditional and modern beats that’ll have you on your feet in no time. Get movin’ with some bachata, salsa, reggaeton, and more.
When: Thursday, May 5th,
Where: 1222 Hamilton Street, Bar None
Cost: $6.64 – $17.78
Cinco de Mayo take-home kits
Don’t feel like leaving your house to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year? We hear you. Enjoy delicious TFH (tacos from home) with a take-home kit from Alimentaria Mexicana or Chancho Tortilleria!
Available exclusively on May 4th is Alimentaria Mexicana’s Beef Birria Taco Kit, which comes with 12 flour tortillas, one pound of chile-braised birria beef, and all the salsa & taco fixings you could ask for.
If corn tortillas are more your thing, go for Chancho’s Cinco de Mayo Kit. Included is one pound of your choice in carnitas or veggies, and margarita mix! Add on tequila for $20 if you want to bring the nightclub to you this year.
As if we needed another reason to love La Taqueria, they just released a new breakfast and brunch menu at their Yukon St. location!
Chef Maria Ponce created the menu, drawing inspiration from Mexico’s beautiful traditional and new-age breakfast dishes. Try some classic Huevos Divorciados or go for the modern smoked salmon benny on brioche bread with a side of truffle potatoes.
Yup, the future’s lookin’ extra tasty at La Taqueria.
When: Wednesday to Friday from 8 am to 12 pm, Saturday and Sundays from 8 am to 2 pm
Where: 2450 Yukon Street
Happy Cinco de Mayo, Vancouver!