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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at this tequila-soaked Mexican feast Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at this tequila-soaked Mexican feast

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at this tequila-soaked Mexican feast

If we were asked to compile a list of our favourite food-filled feasts that cram the calendar year, Easter is always pretty close to the top. The only celebration that can knock it off its perch, in our humble opinion, is Cinco de Mayo. If you're unfamiliar with the event, Cinco de Mayo is a tequila-soaked feast that ignites the senses with mariachi music, a kaleidoscope of colourful outfits and, of course, an abundance of tacos, tostadas, enchiladas, guacamole and more. If you feel like this is precisely the energy you've been missing in 2022, then get excited because The Star Gold Coast is pulling out all the stops to host a Cinco de Mayo Festival on May 5–8. 

Cinco de Mayo is an annual celebration held on May 5, which commemorates the anniversary of Mexico’s victory over the French Empire at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Closer to home, it’s become known as a taco-and-tequila-filled fiesta that provides an opportunity to truly let your hair down and dive into a colourful Mexican feast. The Star’s Cinco de Mayo festival will be no exception, boasting a Herradura Tequila Dinner at Garden Kitchen & Bar on Thursday night, plus some Mexican-inspired cocktails at Veladora and Atrium Bar. That way, you can keep the celebrations going all weekend long.

Hold on to your sombrero and get ready for your taste buds to dance across a myriad of flavours that will make your heart sing. To begin, you’ll be greeted with a classic margarita and a selection of Mexican-inspired canapes. From there, wrap your party pincers around an entree of corn tostadas with prawn, tomatillo, peppers, basil and queso fresca on spiced mole sauce paired perfectly with your second drink of the evening, a grapefruit Paloma. Next up is the main course, where you can chow down on honey and chipotle glazed salmon with sweetcorn, black beans, oregano and seasonal vegetables, all washed down with the help of the Jalapeno de la Casa cocktail. Last but certainly not least comes dessert in the form of Mexican chocolate pave with berries, cinnamon ice cream and a Mayan chocolate cocktail to finish. Deliciosa!

Tickets to this spicy soiree are $125 per person, however if you’re really keen to celebrate Cinco de Mayo the right way, we would recommend upgrading to a premium ticket for $175. This will grant you access to a pre-dinner delight at The Star’s hidden tequila bar, Veladora, where you will be greeted by a Herradura Brand Ambassador for a bespoke tasting of some darn fine tequila.

From here, you may want to pencil in a siesta or two so that you can back it up with more Cinco de Mayo-inspired festivities at Veladora, Atrium Bar and Garden Kitchen and Bar all weekend. If you’ve never been to Veladora, all you need to do is find the red palm tree, text the code and make your way into the moody speakeasy. From May 6–8, Veladora will be open from 6:00 pm until late, with live music, a beverage menu boasting a special Herradura tasting flight, and cocktails like the Paloma, Jalapeno de la Casa and, of course, margaritas. Atrium Bar and Garden Kitchen & Bar will also be slinging these crowd-pleasing cocktails, so you’ll have no excuse not to sip your way into four days of Mexican splendour.

As you can expect, tickets to the Herradura Tequila Dinner are in high demand. Avoid missing your chance to relish in the flavours of this Mexican feast, and secure your spot at the table today.

This article was created in partnership with our friends at The Star Gold Coast. The Star Gold Coast practices responsible service of alcohol. 

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