JALISCO festivities include carnival, car show, tequila tastings, live entertainment, food and more

CATHEDRAL CITY, Calif. – (January 21, 2022) – Celebrate the sights, sounds and tastes of the state of Jalisco, Mexico at the 6th annual Taste of Jalisco festival February 11-13, 2022 at 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. Entrance to the festival is free and open to the public.

Cheer Weekend includes a family carnival, craft vendor market, tequila tastings and contest, authentic Mexican cuisine, and daily entertainment. The festivities will begin Friday, February 11 from 4 p.m. and will include the raising of the flags, a proclamation reading by Cathedral City Mayor Ernesto Gutierrez, followed by live entertainment, and the opening of the Carnival and the tequila tasting garden.

As well as a giant Ferris wheel offering views of the entire city and surrounding area, the three-day carnival will also feature rides, entertainment 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 offers an upscale cocktail experience, tequila tasting, and voting for the inaugural Taste of Jalisco Gold Medal Tequila Awards. A highlight of the weekend will be the entertainment of the Jalisco Community Stage featuring local and regional musical groups and live performances celebrating Mexican art and culture.

“We are delighted 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.

The headliners of the festival are the Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles (BFLA) and Jaime Cuéllar’s Mariachi Garibaldi 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 its 90th annual Academy Awards for Disney’s Pixar film, “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 on Saturday, February 12 at 5 p.m. Tickets for the concert range from $20 to $95 for VIP tables. Children under 5 are free. Click here for tickets.

Opening hours are Friday from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Taste of Jalisco festival is sponsored by the city of Cathedral City; Agua Caliente casinos; Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP; and Intervision. The festivities take place in downtown Cathedral City at 68600 East Palm Canyon Drive. Parking is free. For more information on the Taste of Jalisco festival, visit tasteofjalisco.com


Now in its sixth year, the Taste of Jalisco festival celebrates Sister City’s relationship between Cathedral City and the city of Tequila in the state of Jalisco, Mexico. The Festival honors this relationship through music, fashion, culture, spirits and cuisine. The Sister City relationship was first established in 1996 when the two cities entered into a formal Sister Cities Agreement. Since then, exchanges between cities have included government best practices, youth-focused educational opportunities, donation of firefighting equipment, firefighter training, culture and art.

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