Celebrate the sights, sounds, and tastes of the state of Jalisco, Mexico at the 6th Annual Taste of Jalisco Festival on February 11 -13, 2022 in downtown Cathedral City. This annual celebration honors the 25-year sister city relationship between Cathedral City and Tequila, Jalisco (Mexico) through culture, cuisine, music, and fashion. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.
The weekend of merriment includes a family-friendly carnival, artisan craft vendor market, tequila tastings and competition, authentic Mexican cuisine, and daily entertainment. Festivities kick off Friday, February 11 beginning at 4 p.m. and features the raising of the flags, a proclamation reading from Cathedral City Mayor Ernesto Gutierrez, followed by live entertainment and the opening of the carnival and tequila tasting garden.
In addition to a giant Ferris wheel offering views of the entire city and surrounding area, the three-day carnival, also will feature rides, amusements, and games for all ages, on the festival lawn in front of City Hall. Attendees will enjoy assorted crafts from a variety of artisans, a car show, and a mix of gourmet food trucks. Those 21 and older can enjoy the tequila garden located in Town Square Park which features a high-end cocktail experience, tequila tasting, and voting for the inaugural Taste of Jalisco Gold Medal Tequila Awards. A highlight of the weekend will be entertainment from the Jalisco Community Stage featuring local and regional musical groups and live acts celebrating Mexican art and culture.
“We are thrilled to sponsor the 6th Annual Taste of Jalisco Festival. The sister city relationship that Cathedral City has had for over 25 years with Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico helps us all reinforce the importance of connectivity, inclusion and cultural celebration. Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City is proud to be part of the festival and this community,” shares Michael Facenda, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Agua Caliente Casino Cathedral City.
Headlining the festival is Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles (BFLA) and Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar with a special performance of “Mexico Lindo.” These two professional ensembles teamed up in 2017 to recreate “Tale as Old as Time” from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and BFLA also received international acclaim for their 90th Annual Academy Awards performance for Disney’s Pixar movie, “Coco.” “Mexico Lindo” is a glorious musical journey that tells the stories of Mexico’s musical traditions through choreography and colors. This special performance will take place Saturday, February 12, at 5 p.m. Tickets for the concert range from $20 to $95 for VIP tables. Children under 5 years of age are free. For tickets, visit [here].
Event hours are Friday from 4 to 11 pm, Saturday 11 am to 11 pm, and Sunday 11 am to 5 pm. The Taste of Jalisco Festival is sponsored by the City of Cathedral City; Agua Caliente Casinos; Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP; and Entravision. Festivities take place in downtown Cathedral City, at 68600 East Palm Canyon Drive. Parking is free. For more information about the Taste of Jalisco Festival visit tasteofjalisco.com.