SF Cinco de Mayo Festival
2018: Saturday May 5th
10 A.M – 6 P.M.
Valencia Street between 21st and 24th Streets
Join in our celebration of Mexican-American culture
Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army's unlikely victory over the advancing French forces of Napoleon III on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Outnumbered 3 to1 by the elite fighters the fledgling nation tasted a victory that united its people and led to the execution of Emperor Maximilian von Habsburg who was aligned with the Catholic church and conservative hierarchy in 1867. The USA had continued to recognize President Benito Juárez as the legally elected president of Mexico and when the American Civil War ended in 1865 the French were pressured to abandon Mexico. To the dismay of his conservative allies, Maximilian upheld several liberal policies proposed by the Juárez administration – such as land reforms, religious freedom, and extending the right to vote beyond the landholding class. Though urged to abandon Mexico by Napoleon III himself, Maximilian refused to desert his followers and Mexican generals.
Live Large, Love Lager and have a good looking corpse
Although he liked Maximilian on a personal level,Juárez refused to commute the sentence because he believed it was necessary to send a message that Mexico would not tolerate any government imposed by foreign powers. Though given opportunities to escape, Maximilian would not agree to disguise himself by shaving his beard, preferring to write his final chapter in history. He distributed gold to his executioners to secure the promise he would not be shot in the face. Maximilian spoke only in Spanish at his execution. His last words were, "I forgive everyone, and I ask everyone to forgive me. May my blood, which is about to be shed, be for the good of the country. Viva Mexico, viva la independencia!". [Click image for official pre-death portrait]
"Beer is proof that god loves us and wants us to be happy." Ben Franklin
The first recognizable ancestor of modern beer in the Americas was brewed in Mexico in the 1540s. Maximillian and his entourage brought a love of Vienna lager [such as Dos Equis and Negra Modelo]. and soon Cervecería Toluca began producing Victoria the year after he arrived. Victoria is still one of the country's most popular beers. Mexico's first large-scale brewer, Cerveceria Cuauhtémoc, opened in 1891, and they began producing their Czech-style Bohemian pilsner early in the 20th century as well as the lighter Corona-esque Sol. Vienna lager is a reddish-brown or copper-colored beer with medium body and slight malt sweetness. Lager beer uses a process of cool fermentation, followed by maturation in cold storage as well as a specific type of yeast. Pale lager is the most widely consumed style of beer and includes Corona as well as Miller, Stella Artois, Beck's, rahma, Budweiser, and Tsingtao.
2018 Entertainment Lineup!
Community Stage (Valencia @ 21th Street)
10:00 - 11:00 - Coro Solera
11:05 - 11:30 - Victoria Sandoval
11:35 -12:30 - Cathedral City High School Ballet Folklorico
1:00 - 1:50 - Berta Olivia with pista
2:00 - 3:00 - LOUDA y Los Bad Hombres
3:15 - 4:00 - Trío Cambio
4:15 - 6:00 - Conjunto Picante (Tony)
Main Stage (Valencia @ 24th Street)
10:00 - 11:00 - Zumbaton with Abril Avila (Eulalia's Referral)
11:05 - 11:55 - Beatrice Viramontes Ranchera
12 - 12:15 - Santiago "Sam" Ruiz, Executive Director, Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. & Board President Beverly Hayon
12:15 - 12:45 - Consul Gemi José González López, Consul General of Mexico in San Francisco
12:45 - 1:45 - Ensambles Ballet Folklorico Mexican tranditional dance
2:00 - 2:50 - Berta Olivia & Mariachi San Francisco (Los Cachorros)
2:50 - 3:00 - Mision District Young Musicians
4:00 - 4:30 - Adelante ( Susana) Sala, Latin Rock, Classic R&B, Drumming
Top 10 Margaritas in the SF Mission
Since before the Spanish conquest, there had been fermented alcoholic beverages in Mexico. The best known was made from the fermented sap of the maguey or agave plant. There are many creation myths for the Margarita but the most likely is the Margarita was born as a border prohibition drink in Baha California in the 1930s
Latin American Club 3286 22nd St (at Valencia St), (415) 647-2732 Dive Bar Mission's most celebrated extra potent margarita.
Tacolicious or Mosto Tequila Bar 741 Valencia St (btwn 18th & 19th St), (415) 649-6077 Business tacolicious.com Mexican-American Restaurant: solid house margaritas, Strawberry Margaritas happy hour: margaritas,
El Techo 2518 Mission St (btwn 21st St & 22nd St), (415) 550-6970 eltechosf.com
Tapas Roof Deck Bar: Come for the view stay for the Margaritas pitcher über tasty, reserve for Sunday brunch and skip the line. Great option for a sunny afternoon in the Mission
Velvet Cantina 3349 23rd St (at Bartlett St), (415) 648-4142 velvetcantina.com
Mexican Restaurant and Lounge: Seasonal fresh fruit margarita! The Velvet Margarita is deliciously smooth
Gracias Madre 2211 Mission St (at 18th St), (415) 683-1346 gracias-madre.com
Vegetarian Mexican Restaurant Excellent wine margaritas also sold by the pitcher.
Bissap Baobab 3372 19th St (at Mission St), 415) 826-9287 bissapbaobab.com
African Restaurant: Hibiscus and tamarind margaritas are nice twists You get a free pitcher of margaritas for your birthday!
Casanova Cocktail Lounge 527 Valencia St (btwn 16th & 17th St), (415) 863-9328 casanovasf.com
Dive Bar: Margarita by Margarita with a little Grand Marnier. or with a English slag from portsmouth are very popular
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem 2323 Mission St (at 19th St), 415) 285-2380 teethbarsf.com
Bar with Kitchen: The cucumber chili margarita is spicy and delicious! 2 for 1 margs on Thursday.Order the spicy cucumber jalapeño Margarita.
Regalito Rosticeria 3481 18th St (at Valencia St), (415) 503-0650 sfregalito.com
Mexican Rotisserie: Despite not having tequila, the agave wine margaritas are a great substitute
Lolinda 2518 Mission St (21st St) (415) 550-6970 lolindasf.com
Argentinian Restaurant · try their Margarita with Pueblo Viejo Blanco