In the early hours of Sept. 16, 1810, Mexico’s independence hero Father Miguel Hidalgo rang the bell of his little church in the small town of Dolores. The “Grito de Independencia” marked the beginning of a decade-long struggle for freedom from Spanish rule.
What does all this mean for Vancouver in September 2013? Fiesta and lots of it.
MexicoFest is back this Sept. 5-Sept. 15, celebrating Mexico’s independence with food, fiestas and fashion throughout the city. Sponsored by the Mexican consulate, events range from free parties to swanky ticketed affairs. Here’s a look at the highlights:
Culinary celebrations: MexicoFest 2013 will be honouring the unique cuisine of Baja California Sur, a region known for its fresh seafood and bold wines. For the duration of the festival, local specialties will be featured on the menus of select Vancouver restaurants including La Taqueria, Las Margaritas, Arturo’s Mexico to Go and Ponchos. Sept. 5-Sept. 15; various locations.
Fiesta Mexico Independencia 2013: The blowout bash of MexicoFest is this free event inside the Vancouver Convention Centre. Enjoy local foods, music and dancing, crafts and even a special performance by Aleks Syntek, celebrated Mexican singer and songwriter. Sept. 7, noon-9 p.m.; Vancouver Convention Centre Exhibition Hall B; free.
Independencia Gala Dinner 2013: This three-course dinner with live entertainment in the Fairmont Pacific Rim is the swanky highlight of MexicoFest. It’s based on traditional “noches mexicanas,” independence gathering in Mexico where locals prepare typical cuisine, wear traditional clothing and dance deep into the night to traditional music. The elegant event will feature a fashion show from Mexican designer Pineda Covalin, as well as a mariachi band. Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m.-1 a.m.; Fairmont Pacific Rim Star Sapphire Ballroom; tickets $120.
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