Cinco de Mayo – The Translation
To be totally honest, I really hadn’t heard much about Cinco de Mayo before the announcement of this Mexican festival. In fact, I knew very little about Cinco de Mayo at all. What I did know was, there was to going to be a festival full of dancing, food and fun. But, rather than displaying my ignorance next to one of the decorative pinatas, I set myself the task of finding out exactly what this was all about and why it was such a significant historical event.
So I found out that Cinco de Mayo (translated – 5th of May) was the date that Mexico defeated France in the battle of Puebla back in 1862. This was a huge victory for Mexico, whose army were greatly outnumbered by the French. It was an unlikely win and one that saw the restoration of Mexican national pride and heritage. It’s not to be confused with Mexican Independence Day which is commemorated on 16th September.
Cinco de Mayo – The Fun, Food & Drink!
Now armed with a bit more wisdom and a little less ignorance, I felt ready to enjoy the cultural festivities.
This colourful annual event takes place in the old naval stores at Kangaroo Point which overlooks the Brisbane river. My advice is to arrive early and secure a table riverside. There you can be guaranteed of excellent views, music and easy access to the bar!
Pre purchased tickets start at $17.50, which includes entry to the festival and a Mexican dish. We chose the Soft Shell Fish Tacos and Chilli Beef & Bean Nachos which contained just enough heat. Other choices include tasty Pulled Pork Quesadillas and a vegan option, both of which looked pretty good options. While the Mexican fare and frozen margaritas are a tasty combination, the highlight was the salsa dancing and rhythmic beat echoing throughout the festival. You can’t help but get caught up in the excitement. Expert dancers lead you through the fast moving steps, while the Mad Mariachi band entertains you throughout the day. There is also face painting, for the kids, a churros stand and even a photo opportunity with Diego the Donkey (not to be confused with Pablo the donkey seen at the recent Greek festival).
It is a good feeling festival and everyone seems to have a good time. I will definitely be marking this one on the calendar for next year!!!
If you love good traditional street food and drinks, loud and energetic music, and colourful vibrant fun, then Cinco de Mayo is a must. It certainly ticked all of my boxes and will is now definitely a part of my social calendar. Don’t miss this exciting event. You can pre-purchase tickets directly from their website Cinco de Mayo.