Tlaq's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta
Everyone's invited! Enjoy the Great Sedona Chili Cook-off
It's spring fiesta time at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, the Art and Soul of Sedona, and everyone is invited. Enjoy the pulsating sounds, savory flavors and colorful dance of Mexico in a fun-filled South of the Border celebration of Cinco de Mayo.
The Cinco de Mayo Fiesta, which means May 5, honors an event in Mexican history that lead to its independence. As luck would have it the 5th falls on a Saturday this year, so mark your calendars for this family-fun-good-time event.
The fun starts at 11 a.m. and goes until 5 p.m. Admission is free. Back this year is the Great Sedona Chili Cook-off, hosted by the Rotary Club of Sedona, and taking place in Calle de Independencia. A huge success last year, this year the popular event will have more entries by local chefs and chili connoisseurs, more space for participating restaurant booths, a beer garden and the latest- a new "Best Decorated Booth" Award, in addition to the "People's Choice" Award.
The Rotary will award a perpetual hand-forged metal Chili trophy for the "Judges Award" determined by a distinguished panel of judges, including Sedona Mayor Rob Adams, Verde Valley Fire Chief Nazih Hazime and Sedona Police Chief Ray Cota.
Winners will be selected for the People's Choice Award and the Judge's Award for best flavor, consistency, aroma and appearance. Prepare your tastebuds, they will be astounded! To wash down that chili be sure to visit the nearby Beer Garden sponsored by Oak Creek Brewery & Grill. Cook-off tickets are $5 for kids, $10 for adults. Proceeds will benefit the End Polio Now Project and the new Imagination Library Project, which is sponsored by the Rotary International.
"We love the Cinco de Mayo Fiesta. It's a great way to celebrate the rich history and culture of Mexico," says Wendy Lippman, partner and general manager of Tlaquepaque. "For the kids there is nothing more fun than batting open a piñata. Of course grabbing the candy contents is fun too. And we will also have face painting for the kids from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It's a great day for a family outing." Sponsored by Tlaquepaque Toy Town, youngsters can line up at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Patio Las Campanas. It's free.
The Southwest is home to fabulous musicians especially when it comes to traditional sounds from neighboring Mexico. Here is the Cinco de Mayo line-up:
Latin Rhythm featuring Andres Martinez enchants listeners with the sensuous sounds of acoustic guitar, the romance of the saxophone, the sultry sounds of Latin percussion, and the beautiful vocals of Andres Martinez evoke the hypnotic rhythms of Latin America. In Patio del Norte performing from noon to 4 p.m.
For pure exhilaration, gather for the colorful and exquisitely costumed dancers from Ballet Folkor y Cultura Mexicana. When they dance they tell many stories encompassing not only the rituals and dramatic events that form Mexico's past but colorful depictions of Mexico's diverse culture and folklore. They will perform at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. in Plaza de La Fuente.
Virtuoso guitarist and local favorite, Eric Miller, will delight the crowds with his fiery brand of flamenco. He will be performing from noon to 3 p.m. in Patio de las Campanas.
To add to the flavor of old Mexico, Mariachi Rodriguez will be roaming the Calle Independencia and the streets of Tlaquepaque from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Home to more than 45 shops and galleries and four restaurants, Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, now in its 39th year, is located at 336 SR 179 in Sedona, Arizona. It is open daily at 10 a.m. For more information call (928) 282-4838, visit: www.tlaq.com and www.shoptlaq.com.