It’s the largest celebration of the Southwest dedicated to commemorating Mexico’s victory over the French army back in 1826, and it goes down every year in Downtown Phoenix. The two-day block party known as Cinco Phoenix houses local food & drink vendors and pairs them with some great entertainment for locals to enjoy (festive dancing, boxing matches, musical performances). This year, the party kicks off on May 7th, and will undoubtedly prove that Phoenix is one of the best places to celebrate Cinco de Mayo -- and not just because there will be plenty of tequila and Super Balls (a fried concoction of a mashed potato, bacon, and cheese) to go around. Here’s everything you need to know if you’re looking to really join the celebration.
What to eat and drink
Skip the Bud Light line.
Anything from Mama Jim’s food truck
Whether it be fat-cut fries, Super Balls (see above), or those wonderfully delicious sausage links wrapped in a Belgian waffle on a stick (aka swaffles), there's no shortage of food coming from Mama Jim's truck. Truth be told: everything is gluten-free. But don't worry, you'd never guess it.
It’s a staple of Hispanic history and was North America’s first distilled drink. If you're celebrating Cinco Phoenix, you've got to have a shot (or two) of the good stuff.