Cinco de Mayo Festivities an Arizona Favorite!

Fountain Hills Residents Enjoy a Taste of Old Mexico!

Viva MexicoContrary to popular opinion, Cinco de Mayo is NOT the Mexican Independence Day which is celebrated on September 16th each year and celebrates Mexico’s independence from Sprain.  Instead, Cinco de Mayo—or the fifth of May—commemorates the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867). It is a very vibrant and festive celebration that is celebrated all over North America, but is extremely popular here in Arizona. This year is the 20th Annual  Cinco de Mayo Festival in Phoenix !

Cinco de Mayo Begins with Great Food & Margaritas

Cinco de Mayo Begins with Great Food & Margaritas

It is held at 200 East Van Buren in downtown Phoenix and there is an entrance fee of $5 for anyone, 12 yrs and older. The event kicks off at 2 pm on Saturday the 4th and closes at Midnight, but re-opens on Sunday the 5th at Noon and the evening ends at 10 pm. National recording artist Ozomatli is performing Saturday night and on Sunday the Texas Tornados & Latin Breed will perform. There will also be arts, food, folklore and over $100,000 of scholarships awarded to deserving Hispanic Youth. Visit  Cinco del Mayo Festival for more information on this event.

Mexican Restaurants and Bars all over the Valley will be celebrating Cinco de Mayo, but a little closer to home in Fountain Hills there are several fantastic Mexican restaurants that serve the freshest Mexican food.

El Encanto Restaurant, Fountain HillsEl Encanto de la Fuenta, 11044 N Saguaro Blvd, Fountain Hills;  El Encanto is a a pleasant, colorful and authentic feeling local eatery that specialilzes in fresh handmade food,with a bar that holds over 40 different Tequilas for you to sample. Their Margaritas are out of this world and complement their delicious menu.  For a delightful springtime treat, ask to be seated on their beautiful outdoor patio amid the fountains and greenery.

Que Bueno  has been a staple of the community for many years and is owned by the Sanchez Family. They have happy hour every day from 2-6 and offer half off selected appetizers as well. Their menu is filled with many delicious Mexican entrees and they also offer carry-out service.   You can find Que Bueno at 13207 N. La Montana Dr., Fountain Hills

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