Vail restaurants to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with authentic food, margarita specials
Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken for Mexico’s Independence Day, which is Sept. 16, 1810, when the country gained its sovereignty from Spain. May 5 actually marks the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla, on May 5, 1862.
In the U.S., the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. Larger cities such as Los Angeles, Houston and Miami will host parades, traditional dances and concerts. Closer to home, Vail Valley restaurants will serve up some authentic fare and offer margarita specials.
Maya Modern Mexican Kitchen and Tequileria will kick off its Cinco de Mayo fiesta at 3:30 p.m. today and offer some great margaritas and tacos. Choose from tasty traditional, fresh tropical fruit or sandia tajin margarita for $7.50 each.
Taco specials include: steak, al pastor, brisket or chicken tinga for $4 each or three for $10. Happy hour cocktail, beer and margarita pricing will be available all night, with wines going for $7 and beers for $6. Maya is in The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa in Avon.
Agave in Avon will have specials between 2 and 7 p.m. such as $1 tacos, $2 select draft beers and $3 house margaritas. The restaurant will also be pouring $4 “snake” shots, which is Herradura Silver tequila infused with yes, you guessed it, a rattlesnake. Agave’s barrique tequila will be on special for $5. The barrique tequila is the restaurant’s house tequila and was created in 2001 after Agave purchased a used bourbon barrel and put 120 liters of 100% blue agave silver tequila in it. Enjoy live music on the patio from 3 to 6 p.m.
At Casa Mexico, where its tagline is, “Mexican food so authentic, you may leave speaking Spanish,” you’ll find two-for-one margaritas and micheladas at the Vail and Eagle locations. There will also be live music at the Eagle location, with El Caporal performing at 6 p.m.
Fiestas in Edwards is celebrating Cinco de Mayo with giveaways, food and drink specials and pinatas. There will also be live music starting at 5 p.m. with Los Jefes de las Montanas.
Free Memorial Day screening of “They Shall Not Grow Old” is one-off event before the Vilar Performing Arts Center’s summer series kicks off next month.