Cinco de Mayo – the holiday that commemorates the Mexican military victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla – is often confused with Mexican Independence Day.
The holiday is actually celebrated more in North America than in Mexico, where it is not officially observed by much of the country. Despite this, Cinco de Mayo remains a reason for those outside of Mexico to celebrate and learn about its culture and food.
There are plenty of ways to join in the festivities – which take place on Thursday, May 5 – but a great start is with food and drink.
Mexican food is so much more than tacos and margaritas – although we love them too – and Cinco de Mayo is the perfect time to brush up on your cooking knowledge. From traditional dishes to different regional varieties to new schools, here are some of the best Cinco de Mayo food and drink offerings in Vancouver this year.
This Yaletown spot offers special take-out taco kits for Cinco de Mayo so you can celebrate wherever you want this year. Each kit, which costs $55, includes freshly made corn tortillas, carnitas (or vegetarian options!), fries and guacamole, salsa, black beans, and a margarita-making kit. The restaurant is accepting pre-orders now so don’t wait until Thursday.
Address: 560 Davie Street, Vancouver
Lavish Liquid pop-up at Blaze Gourmet Burgers
This week, Lavish Liquid will host three days of Cinco de Mayo cocktail pop-ups at Blaze Gourmet Burgers. On Wednesday May 4 and Thursday May 5 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday May 6 from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., a special beer and cocktail menu will be offered at the burger spot, featuring tequila-based drinks. Expect palomas, hibiscus margaritas and tequila sours!
Address: Blaze Gourmet Burgers, 43 5th Ave East, Vancouver
This Granville Island restaurant specializes in “Mexican cuisine, culture and heritage.” This year, it’s offering special Cinco de Mayo birria taco kits, including everything you need to whip up the restaurant’s fan-favorite at home. You can pre-order your kit now and pick it up on May 4 between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Address: 1596 Johnston Street, Vancouver
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The Cinco de Mayo special at this Mexican spot is going to be legendary this year. Tacomio is offering two tacos for $5 or a Baja fish taco for $5 — only available for pickup via online ordering or in person with code CINCOF and CINCOT.
Address: 1245 Glen Drive, Vancouver