Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Cinco de Mayo celebrations

Festive food and drinks on May 5

The month of May often includes more barbecues, bright dishes and festivities, beginning with Cinco de Mayo on May 5. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican heritage and pride, but in Mexico, it's a celebration of the victory over French forces in the Battle of Puebla, which occurred on May 5, 1862.

Regardless of why it's celebrated, Cinco de Mayo usually means chips, guacamole, tacos and margaritas, accompanied by live music and festive costumes. Whether you're celebrating the holiday in a backyard with friends and family, on a deck in Seattle or on a boat in the Puget Sound, make this Cinco de Mayo a day to remember.

Head on over to Trago Cocina and Lounge at 701 Westlake Ave. N in South lake Union this Saturday for a Cinco de Mayo bash starting at 11 a.m. The venue boasts two floors, with a restaurant and bar on the ground floor and a waterfront view lounge with an open deck on the second floor. Trago will be serving drink specials and festive food all day, in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. Their regular menu features tasty dishes like Mole Enchiladas, made with a chocolate and chile base, and  Pescado Tacos, made with grilled Alaska cod and romesca red pepper sauce. Be sure to try their signature margaritas in varieties like Spicy Mango and Latin Love Passion Fruit. 


What better way to celebrate the holiday than aboard a Cinco de Mayo cruise? After hitting up Trago, board a large Queen of Seattle paddle wheel boat at Lake Union for an evening of authentic Mexican food, beer, margaritas and live mariachi music this Saturday evening. The cruise will feature a fiesta feast of chips, salsa, Spanish rice, beans, taco shells and all of the fixings, including a choice of meat, guacamole, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes and sour cream. Dine and dance into the evening to the beat of live music aboard a Cinco de Mayo cruise.


If you're hosting a party at home, chances are you're going to prepare some festive dishes yourself. Try this guacamole recipe for a crowd-pleasing chip dip!


Fresh Guacamole:

Three avocados

Half a lemon

1 c. fresh diced tomatoes

1/2 c. chopped onion

A few spoonfuls of plain, non-fat yogurt

A few spoonfuls of goat cheese

Assorted spices (salt, pepper, chili pepper)

1/3 c. fresh chopped basil 


Slice the avocados into halves and use a spoon to scoop the contents into a large metal bowl. Add the fresh diced tomatoes, onion and basil and mix lightly with a large spoon. Maintain a fairly chunky consistency for authentic guacamole. Add the plain, non-fat yogurt, the goat cheese and spices to suit your taste. Mix lightly again. Last, squeeze the lemon over everything and mix one more time. The acidic lemon juice will help the guacamole maintain its color and enhance the flavor. Spoon the guacamole into a decorative bowl and serve with chips. You're ready to munch-and party!