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Cinco de Mayo in Salt Lake City

2014

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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 10, 2014, noon-10 p.m.

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

Free admission

"We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe" Art Exhibit

Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts

Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts presents "We Remember, We Celebrate, We Believe: A Photo History of Latinos in Utah," an exhibit of pictures and documents related to the experience of Latinos in the state of Utah. On Tuesday, May 6th, 2014, from 6-8pm, Mestizo Gallery will be hosting a free Meet the Artists reception, open to the public, in collaboration with Artes de México en Utah, a partner non-profit organization dedicated to the appreciation of Mexican art & culture in our community. This is an opportunity for the organizers of this exhibit to talk about this project.

Exhibit available April 9-May 10, 2014

Meet the Artists Reception May 6, 6-8 p.m.

Located inside the Mestizo Coffeehouse
631 W North Temple, Suite 700
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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."

Monday, May 5, 2014

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 second location, Red Iguana II.

  • Alamexo - Alamexo is a new, upscale Mexican restaurant that has garnered awards and positive reviews since it opened earlier this year. Alamexo features sophisticated, flavorful dishes and an elegant but not stuffy atmosphere. Recommended dishes include the tamales and queso fundito.

  • Taqueria 27 - Taqueria 27 on Foothill Boulevard and in Holladay 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 has an away game with the Chicago Fire Saturday, May 3. Sounds like a good time to cook up some Mexican cuisine and host a Cinco de Mayo watch party.

Saturday, May 3, 6:30 p.m., televised on CW 30

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