This weekend, the Valley spices up as we celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Here’s where the cerveza-packed parties are going down:
La Hacienda at Fairmont Scottsdale Princess hosts a Cinco de Mayo party on the plaza, Saturday, May 5. The award-winning Scottsdale restaurant will kick off the evening with a strolling mariachi trio at 4 p.m., then welcomes salsa dancers and a five-piece Latin band from 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. At this festival marketplace, guests are invited to visit Maria at her tortilla-making station, sample fresh salsas and order tacos off the restaurant’s street-style taco cart. (La Hacienda’s regular menu will also be served indoors and out.) Thirsty? La Hacienda has 240 selections of tequila and a dozen Mexican beers. Pepe, the resort’s beer burro who sports a miniature sombrero, totes beer in his satchel and will be available for photo ops from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Happy Hour, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Cinco de Mayo, offer $5 margaritas and tequila flights, $4 cervezas, $5 tacos and half-priced appetizers in the bar, lounge and patio. www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
Cinco de Mayo at The Saguaro’s Distrito restaurant calls for a high-flying Lucha Libre and an Iron Chef menu. The Scottsdale restaurant will host a wrestling ring where your favorite luchadores will battle it out from 2-6 p.m. Revelers can enjoy $5 margaritas and $2 Tecate all day, a special $35 chef tasting menu with $15 tequila paring, a DJ, mariachis and more. Dining reservations recommended. 480.970.4444, www.distritorestaurant.com.
Top of the Rock restaurant at the Buttes Resort in Tempe will be featuring a specialty Cinco de Mayo menu on Saturday and Sunday and diners can enjoy ceviche mixto, pollo e moreno, poblano relleno with crab and more. In addition, the restaurant will be offering complimentary flan dessert to those who purchase an entree and appetizer at the restaurant either evening. www.marriott.com.
Fiesta 56, to take place at Kitchen 56 in Arcadia, will be an all-day Cinco de Mayo outdoor patio party featuring great food and drink specials, like $3 Mexican beers (Dos XX, Corona and Negro Modelo), $5 margaritas and $5 Mexican street food prepared outside on the grill by Chef Lorenzo Lopez and family. Additionally, live music will be played on the patio throughout the day. http://kitchen56.com/.