Soon it’s the start of May and that can only mean one thing. Time to grab some winter woollies as the colder weather approaches? Hell no! It is time to heat things up into a Mexican fiesta.
Grab some amigos, shove some lime wedges into those coronas and ‘Sinko de Beerso’ because Cinco de Mayo is coming.
The fifth of May will see the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, with parades, mariachi music performances and street festivals in cities and towns across Mexico and the United States.
But just what is this Cinco de Mayo you ask?
Decoded it is the fifth of May, and commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867).
While it is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the United States, Cinco de Mayo has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.
With May fast approaching, here is the run down on where you can get your Cinco de Mayo fill and fiesta like only a Mexican can around Australia.
1. Milagro Tequila’s ‘Museo of Miracles’ at SoCal at Neutral Bay
Kicking off this May, Milagro tequila will unveil an exciting art exhibition by Mexico City based photographer Mark Alor Powell at SoCal Neutral Bay.
The fifteen-piece pop-up gallery named the ‘Museo of Miracles’ captures the everyday wonders of Mexico City and ultimately the inspiration behind the Milagro brand, from its fantastical and surreal architecture to its expressive street art and creative people.
As part of a global tour, the gallery will be open for public viewing from Cinco De Mayo, (Friday 5 May) from 12pm, until Sunday 18 June.
2. Stuff your face at Playa Takeria in Sydney
Stuff your face the right way this Cinco de Mayo at Playa Takeria. This place prides itself on being Sydney’s authentic Mexican taqueria, primed with even a mural of saluting Frida Kahlo.
Feast on authentic Mexican foods including cactus in your salad or corn smut (the delicacy/corn fungus also known as Mexican truffle) in your taco. Playa will be hosting a Cinco de Mayo Dinner Fiesta, with special edition tacos – including the Senioritas Taco, the Barbacoa and the My Hot Mexican — as well as $5 Coronas and $20 buckets of Corona.
Head along between 11am and 3pm or stick around from 6pm until late and spend your Cinco de Mayo sharing an ice bucket of beers filled with limes and stuffing your face with some of the best Mexican fare in the city.
3. Hey Margaritas in Byron!!
Byron does Cinco de Mayo well, with fresh, vibrant, flavourful food and drink. If this Cinco de Mayo finds you in Byron Bay, salsa on down to seasprayed local cantina Miss Margarita.
This colourful shack is joining forces with Corona to bring you a Cinco de Mayo lunch for $15 (Corona and two of Miss Margarita’s super fresh tacos.).
These guys are no mean feast, with varieties like tropical pork with pineapple, shredded chilli and tamarind beef, and house black beans with feta and jalapenos that’ll have you lip-smacking and finger-licking your way out of there. They’ve also got $25 Corona buckets all day long (or one for $7.50) and a $5 happy hour from 5–6pm.
4. Hola on down to Beach Burrito Company in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley
What’s a fiesta without cheap tacos, a taco eating contest, and on-theme drinks to wash down your tacos?
Dust off your sombreros and head on down to the Beach Burrito Company Fortitude Valley for a fiesta, complete with face painting by local street artists and the first ever Taco Time Trials Eating Contest.
With Cinco de Mayo falling conveniently on a Tuesday, Beach Burrito Co’s regular $3 taco deal applies, so with what you’ve got left, you can sip salt-rimmed margaritas, down trays of tequila shots or share a bucket of ice-cold Coronas.
There may even be some piñata smashing opportunities on offer.
So slam down some tequila, chow down on a burrito or munch on a churro and celebrate this May with a bit of Mexican.
How are you planning to celebrate Cinco de Mayo this May?
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