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Cinco de Mayo in Salt Lake City

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Cinco de Mayo commemorates the unlikely victory of the forces of Mexican General Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Today it's observed mostly in the Mexican state of Puebla, and in the United States, where it has become a celebration of Mexican heritage. People of all nationalities like to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, even if it's only to eat some delicious Mexican food and drink a margarita or two, and here are some of the best places to celebrate in SLC.

Telemundo Utah Cinco de Mayo Festival

Telemundo Utah

Telemundo Utah's Cinco de Mayo festival includes music, folk dancing, fair-style games and booths, food and a lot more.

Saturday, May 4, 2013, noon-10 p.m.

Centennial Park
5405 W. 3100 S.
West Valley City, UT 84119
801-955-4000

Free admission

"The Art of Mexico" at Centro Civico Mexicano

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Centro Civico Mexicano presents the history of Cinco de Mayo in this class in a series about the art and history of Mexico. Learn about Spanish influence in Mexico, the battle for Mexican independence, and the great battle of Puebla, which is commemorated on Cinco de Mayo. In Spanish. For adults and kids.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 6-8 p.m.

155 South 600 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
801-359-9316

Frida Bistro Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Frida Bistro

Every year Frida Bistro has a special celebration for Cinco De Mayo, including food, music, celebration, and drinks. Frida Bistro is one of Salt Lake City's premiere Mexican restaurants. Some of their awards include a Zagat rating of 23, "Best Mexican" from Salt Lake Magazine in 2011, 2012, and 2013, "Reader's Choice Best Desserts" from Salt Lake Magazine 2013, and Best of the Beehive's "Best Food and Wine Pairing Menu."

Friday and Saturday, May 3-4, 2013

Frida Bistro
545 W. 700 S.
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101
801-983-6692

SLC Mexican Restaurants

Marsha Maxwell

Probably the most common way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo is with Mexican food and drinks. Mexican food is so popular in Utah that there seems to be a Mexican restaurant around every corner, but here are some of Salt Lake's favorite spots for casual and upscale Mexican cuisine:

  • Red Iguana - The Red Iguana is probably Utah's most famous restaurant. It's been featured in travel publications and newspapers throughout the U.S. and other countries and featured on The Food Network. It's been voted best Mexican restaurant in in-state polls too many times to count. Red Iguana is best known for their moles, complex sauces of vegetables, fruits, nuts and spices. You can get equally good food at their sister restaurants, Red Iguana II and Blue Iguana.

  • El Chubasco - El Chubasco is a hidden gem in Park City, a cheerful, quick and inexpensive place to get some tasty, fresh Mexican food and one of my favorite casual Park City restaurants.

  • Taqueria 27 - Taqueria 27 on Foothill Boulevard serves upscale, creative versions of Mexican street foods, including traditional and unusual tacos, four different mole platters, flavored guacamoles, quick snacks and vegetarian dishes. Taqueria 27 serves 38 varieties of 100% agave premium tequila along with tequila-based cocktails.

  • Z'Tejas - Z'Tejas Southwestern Grill at The Gateway serves contemporary Southwestern (not strictly Mexican) favorites. Their award-winning margaritas are made with real fruit juice and other natural ingredients.

Real Salt Lake

Real Salt Lake

Soccer is one of Mexico's (and the world's) favorite sports, and Real Salt Lake will host the Vancouver Whitecaps Saturday, May 4 at 7 p.m. at beautiful Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy.

9256 S. State St.
Sandy, UT 84070
801-727-2700

Tickets $22-125; see website for promotions.

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