Cinco de Mayo 2022 food, offers and celebrations in Topeka

Every Cinco de Mayo, revelers looking for Mexican specialties on food and drink don’t have to look far. Restaurants and bars often offer their customers a little something special to look forward to at this time of year.

Here are three ways to celebrate the holidays, including a fiesta.

Los Mandiles Rojos turns 2 with anniversary, Cinco de Mayo specials

Los Mandiles Rojos, 1003 SE Quincy St., will be offering special offers to customers throughout the week. In addition to the Mexican holiday, she celebrates her second birthday on Sunday. The company is owned and run by the Castillo-Aguilar family, said chief executive Adan Manzano, who is a nephew of one of its founders.

The restaurant’s name translates to the “red aprons”, which family members wore in Mexico when they were street vendors. Small red aprons adorn the colorful walls of the restaurant.

Guests can enjoy half-price appetizers. Choriqueso (melted cheese and chorizo), mollete (three buns with beans, ham and melted cheese), jalapeno poppers (peppers stuffed with cheese and wrapped in bacon) and queso fundidos (mozzarella cheese, breaded and fried, served on salsa green and with flour tortillas) are available.

The restaurant will also offer drink specials, different for each day. In keeping with the Cinco de Mayo holiday, Thursday’s drink is a $5 homemade margarita. The Fusion Palomas will be available Friday for $6.99.

“It’s based on the classic paloma, which is made with grapefruit juice, grapefruit soda, lime, orange and tequila,” said Manzano, who also serves as a bartender. “After mixing all of this in the tub, we also add the blueberry color, which is Butterfly Cannon’s blueberry tequila.”

A special item each day is the free taquitos that customers receive instead of fries and salsa. The taquitos include green avocado salsa, sour cream, and fries.

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A gourmet Cinco de Mayo celebration with a Spanish heritage beer dinner

An authentic Chihuahua Town menu will be served at the Cinco de Mayo Spanish Beer Dinner at 6 p.m. Thursday, in the Astra Suite at the Cyrus Hotel, 920 S. Kansas Ave.

Executive chef Odell Giner, a native of this town in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, will present the meal.

“For me, it’s a nice homecoming situation,” he said. “It’s been a long time. Allowing me to share my upbringing for a pretty much integrated city, I just want to express how happy I am to have the opportunity to showcase foods I grew up with.”

Giner moved to Topeka in 1992 at age 3 with her mother, who was going to school to become a nurse practitioner. He said he grew up watching episodes of “Batman” while learning to cook with her.

The event will also feature several beers from Boulevard Brewing Co.

“Speakers will explain how these beers pair with each of these dishes, and Odell will talk about the dishes,” said Sarah Kietzman, experience curator for the hotel.

Foods like queso asadero and queso menonita will be featured.

“These are both very common and very produced cheeses in the state of Chihuahua,” Giner said.

The meal will also include a pickled cactus salad and an empanada dedicated to Santa Rita, whose feast is celebrated every May 22 in the city of Chihuahua.

A conchita-style pan dulce dessert will crown the meal.

The ticket price, $75, includes a five-course dinner, beer pairings and a mezcal toast at the end of the event. People aged 21 and over can attend.

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Cinco de Mayo Fiesta in Red Bud Park

A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at NOTO’s Red Bud Park, 935 N. Kansas Ave.

The Topeka Cello Collective, a community of student cellists under the direction of Erinn Renyer, will perform Mexican music and Latin culture.

The organization’s goal is to provide a non-competitive environment where students can learn and perform.

A taco truck and special guests – Ballet Folklorico de Topeka, a Mexican folk dance company – will also appear.

Guests are advised to bring lawn chairs to the event.

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