Events Around Mexico

May 2010

Dia de la Santa Cruz – Day of the Holy Cross
Nationwide, May 3rd

The holiday is for the common man; celebrated by guilds and unions involved in construction.  In each town, a cross-adorned with flowers and paper is placed atop buildings under construction and the workers celebrate with local cuisine, tequila, mezcal, and local beer.

Cinco de mayo, Batalla de Puebla – Commemoration of the battle of Puebla
Throughout the country, May 5th
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.  While the world celebrates Cinco de Mayo, Pueblo pulls out all the stops by actually recreating the battle.

Dia de la Madre – Mother’s Day
Nationwide, May 10
Mothers are held in very high esteem in Mexican culture and on this day they are celebrated in style.  The day may start off with serenades of Las Mananitas, schools have festivals in honor of the mothers of students and restaurants are packed as moms take the day off from cooking and are treated to a meal out with their families.

Restaurant Week in Puerto Vallarta
Puerto Vallarta, May 15 to 31
Puerto Vallarta’s best restaurants offer spectacular three-course menus (with three options each) discounted by up to 50%. So enjoy your favorite restaurants at the fixed prices (no beverages or tips included).

Visit:  http://www.virtualvallarta.com/puertovallarta/entertainment/restaurantweek/index.shtml

National Wine and Cheese Fair
Tequisquiapan, Queretaro, May 28 to June 6

Any fan of luxury travel will love the National Wine and Cheese Festival of Tequisquiapan in Mexico’s Colonial Heartland.  The festival features tastings, lectures, competitions, and workshops.  Approximately 25 restaurants from Tequisquiapan, San Juan del Rio, and Queretaro are involved in the fair, and the most important wineries of the region are featured during the festival as well as wines from France, Italy, Spain, Chile, Australia, and Argentina.

Details here:  http://www.rutadelquesoyvino.com/

Festival de la Paella – Paella Festival
Ezequiel Montes, Querétaro, May 29 and 30

Paella is a popular rice-based dish from Spain that has a number of delicious and interesting variations.  The Cavas Freixenet holds an annual paella festival where you can sample different versions of this popular dish.  Included in the 80 pesos entrance fee is a glass of wine and children enter and eat for free.

Details:   www.freixenetmexico.com.mx/Freixenet/Paella.htm

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