Hurray – It’s the fifth of May!!
Or, if you were in Mexico, that would be the Cinco de Mayo – and we all know what that means: it’s the day when all things Mexican (well, beer, food and tequila, mainly) are celebrated in just about every country, other than Mexico.
It’s true: May 5 is not a national holiday in Mexico. The date commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French at the Battle of Puebla. But within Mexico, it’s a date of minor importance and only observed in the state of Puebla.
Fortunately, we’re not in Mexico, however, so we get to celebrate the Cinco de Mayo in style and indulge in all our favourite Mexican exports.
So, if you happen to be in Cayman on or around May 5, how can you celebrate Mexican culture, heritage and … um … margaritas?
Carlos & Martin’s
For the fourth year running, Carlos & Martin’s will be celebrating with a full-on Mexican fiesta.
It takes place on Sunday, 5 May, starting at noon and going until late.
Food and drinks will be served all day, at outstandingly low prices: there’s 50 per cent off on tacos, burritos and enchiladas, Coronas are just $3, there will be Jose Cuervo shots served all day at two for $5.
Not only that, there will be a choice of a whopping 17 different margaritas as well.
The party will spill out into the parking lot, where beautiful classic cars will be on display.
Ladies are invited to sign up for the bikini contest to be in with a chance of winning cash prizes.
Mark the end of the working week with one great fiesta at Cricket Square in George Town. The Brasserie’s satellite bar “The Wicket” will be putting on craft beer, food and a DJs this Friday, 3 May.
Tuck into some authentic Mexican cuisine, including handmade tortillas, tostones, salsas, re-fried beans, pork, chicken and fish. There will be an extensive choice of beers, both bottled and on tap – and not necessarily Mexican – as well as a Margarita station.
For those not cerveza or tequila-inclined there will be red and white wine, too, so no excuse not to join in.
The folks at Agave Grill reckon it’s worth opening on a Sunday, for the first time, to mark Cinco de Mayo this year. The restaurant will be open from 5pm this Sunday, and on subsequent Sundays.
Mexican music will be playing and a barbecue will be set up outdoors, with lots of specials on food, beer, sangria and margaritas.
Breezes by the Bay
Mexican-themed festivities will be going on until next week. Although not technically a Cinco de Mayo celebration, Breezes is putting a Mexican twist on their Mojito Mystique this month and the event takes place Friday, 10 May.
Show up any time between 6 and 9pm and for $35 pre-sold ($40 at the door) you can sample mojitos from five different mojito stations, a smorgasbord of Mexican-inspired fare, artisan pizzas, prime rib station and delectable desserts. Can you think of a better way to start the weekend?