The 2nd Annual Taste of Jalisco, presented by Southern California Edison, celebrates the sister city relationship between Cathedral City and Tequila, Jalisco (Mexico) through music, fashion, spirits, culture and cuisine.  It is a time to recognize the strength in our diversity, appreciate our similarities, and reaffirm our diplomatic commitment to improve the lives of both cities’ residents.  The festival takes place on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Downtown Cathedral City’s Festival Lawn located at 68600 East Palm Canyon Drive (HWY 111). 

The Taste of Jalisco Parade, presented by Volkswagen of Palm Springs, kicks-off the festival at 10:00 a.m. as it meanders through our downtown streets and features local dance groups, circus acrobats, fire and police vehicles, and the wonderful dancing horses by Caballos Bailadores de la Alta Escuela del Rancho Arroyo, plus many more. 

Throughout the day, attendees will enjoy a great variety of Mexican inspired cuisine and desserts at the festival’s food court as well as Tequila inspired adult beverages hosted by the Cathedral City Evening Rotary.  Children will have the time of their lives playing in the free Kid Zone hosted by Quick Quack Car Wash near the Fountain of Life.  They can bounce around in five large inflatables and win prizes during musical chairs, sack races, and piñata games.   

At noon, a special rededication ceremony will take place on the Main Stage honoring the 20th Anniversary of the Sister City relationship between Cathedral City and Tequila, Jalisco (Mexico).  It will provide all the pageantry as the two city councils reconfirm their commitment to build cooperation at the municipal level, promote cultural understanding, and stimulate each city’s economic development.

Shortly thereafter, the wonderful list of musical and dance entertainers begins with Mariachi Limón De Javier Hernandez, Resplendor de Mexico Folkloric, and Codigo 442.  At 3:00 p.m. Fashion Designer Claudia Lua of CL Designer Studio showcases the latest fashions for a young lady’s Quinceañera – a timeless tradition recognized throughout Latin America. 
As the day turns into night, the musical entertainment continues with the performances of Grupo Neblina, Pedro Torres con Mariachi, The Band Fresh, Casandra con Mariachi, and ends with the evening’s headliner Nacho Bustillos. 

Families will want to gather no later than 8:00 p.m. for the spectacular Taste of Jalisco Fireworks Show presented by Noticias 15 Telemundo and La Poderosa 96.7 FM.  The night sky in Downtown Cathedral City will light up with the dazzling array of pyrotechnics orchestrated by Garden State Fireworks, known for their shows in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. 
Food, music, fireworks, and fun for the whole family are the essential ingredients for Taste of Jalisco.

Major sponsors include Southern California Edison, Noticias 15 Telemundo, La Poderosa 96.7 FM, U.S. Bank, Volkswagen of Palm Springs, City of Cathedral City, Burke Williams & Sorensen LLP, El Informador del Valle, and Quick Quack Car Wash.  Supporting sponsors include Visión Economica, Edurama Entertainment, La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor, Palm Springs Dance Festival, Philip H. Flickinger Attorney at Law, C.L. Designer Studio, and El Portal Mexican Restaurant.