4th Annual Taste of Mexico Shines a Light on Hidalgo Cuisine

It’s an all-day affair at this year’s Taste of Mexico event

This Saturday, Sept. 27 marks the 4th annual Taste of Mexico Association food event, which began in 2010 with just the four founding restaurants: La Casita Mexicana (chefs Jaime Martin del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu), La Guelaguetza (Bricia Lopez), Frida Mexican Cuisine (chef Vicente del Rio), and La Monarcha Bakery (Ricardo Cervantes). It’s now grown to thirty restaurants at this year’s event.

In fact, for the frist time there will be two events at La Plaza de Las Culturas y Artes this year, a Farmer’s Market Family Picnic in the afternoon and a cumbia-fueled party in the evening at the Dinner and Cocktails event. To attend both events, a VIP Pass is available for only $75.

In addition to the founding restaurants, the list of participants includes a broad selection of the best Mexican restaurants in L.A. like Loteria Grill, Coni’seafood, Casa Oaxaca, Tacos Puntas Cabras, Colonia Taco Lounge, Mariscos Jalisco, Mexicali Taco Co. and more.  Among the many themes of the 2014 restaurant selections are several tempting Mexican seafood spots (a perfect cure for this heat wave we’re having), tequila and mezcal, and cuisine from the state of Hidalgo, represented by El Borrego de Oro and the State of Hidalgo restaurant association, CANIRAC.

Hidalgo is my favorite dining destination in Mexico, and also one of the most unknown cuisines in Mexico. Boyle Height’s Borrego de Oro will serve its popular barbacoa (pit-roasted lamb) and CANIRAC Hidalgo will be bringing barbacoa (Hidalgo has the most famous tradition), mixiotes (meat cooked in natural parchment), and some other surprises including pastes. Pastes are Cornish pastis (pastries) that were brought by British miners and builders in the early 1800’s to Pachuca, Hidalgo and were adopted by locals who filled them with sweet and savory Mexican ingredients like mole, potatoes and meat, and pineapple.  Music, dancing, mezcal, our top Mexican restaurants and pastes—sounds like a fiesta to me!

4th Annual Taste of Mexico
Saturday, September 27
La Plaza de Las Culturas y Artes
Market Picnic, 12-4PM, $35
Dinner and Cocktails, 7PM-11PM, $55
VIP All Day Pass $75