Cinco de Mayo events in Toronto 2012
Cinco de Mayo (or the fifth of May) celebrates Mexican heritage and culture, but in Toronto, this often translates into Mexican-themed parties and food offerings. Given Cinco de Mayo's celebratory penchant, this isn't surprising, but this year, revellers have something extra to cheer about: the Kentucky Derby falls on the same day.
Here some events taking place around Toronto on Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco de Mayo fiesta
Head to The Monarch Tavern for all-day Cinco de Mayo festivities including Mexican food, $5 margaritas, tequila shots and Dos Equis, and live music. As a bonus, there's a patio.
Monarch Tavern (12 Clinton St.), beginning at 1pm.
Chosen's One-Day Sale
Chosen vintage boutique is cleaning house and teaming up with vintage purveyors Penny Arcade and Silver Falls for a one-day-only, back-alley sale, with many items priced between $5 and $20.
Chosen (960 Queen St. W.), 12-6 pm.
Cinco de Mayo at the Office Pub
The Office Pub is celebrating Cinco de Mayo by offering $4 Coronas, $4.75 mixed drinks, and fiesta specials. There will also be a Patron tequila sampling beginning at 9pm.
The Office Pub (117 John St.)
Kitch opening party
Kitch's opening party falls on cinco de mayo and will feature DJs Lazy Ray and THESUPERMANIAK, as well as Kitch's Mexican-inspired comfort food such as tacos and veggie nachos.
Kitch (229 Geary Ave.), doors open at 8pm.
Mavrik Wine Bar
Mavrik Wine Bar is celebrating cinco de mayo with a Korean flair with $19/pitcher sangria and 2 for $10 craft beer specials. Also, try their Korean-style tacos topped with wasabi salsa at 3 for $10.
Mavrik Wine Bar (676 Queen St. W.)
Cinco de Mayo takes over The Drake with a hotel-wide celebration including cilantro Caesars, $5 tacos and a special tequila menu. There will also be tastings of Cuervo and Tommy's Margaritas on the Sky Yard from 7-10pm.
Drake Hotel (1150 Queen St. W.), beginning at 11am.
Tequila and More
In the spirit of Cinco de Mayo, get your fill of Mexican beer, mezcal, wine, cocktail and of course, tequila at the third annual Tequila and More event. You'll also have the opportunity to sample Mexican dishes, while enjoying Mexican art and dance.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre (250 Front St. W.), May 4-5 from 4-10pm, $30-$40.
Street Food Block Party
We first told you about the Street Food Block Party a few months ago, but rumour has it that the dishes on offer at tomorrow's event will be Cinco-de-Mayo-themed, and as a partnership between the Toronto Underground Food Market and Food Truck Eats, you're guaranteed a good time.
Evergreen Brickworks (550 Bayview Ave), 5-11:30pm, currently sold out but watch this page for developments.
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