Cinco de Mayo

DSC_0091If you would like to join a special fundraising event at the AAA Diamond Resort FivePine Lodge, you should try the annual Cinco De Mayo event.  Guests who stay at Lodge, locals, and others passing through are all welcome to participate, but keep in mind that they tend to sell out.  It offers fresh authentic food and a silent auction that raises money for the Spanish Coalition and Sisters Park and Recreation District. This event occurs each May and is loaded with fun and entertainment.  This year, the event will be held on Thursday, May 2nd at the FivePine Lodge Conference Center from 6-9pm.  Tickets may be purchased at Sisters Park and Recreation and are $20 per adult, $10 per child under 12.

The fifth day of May (Cinco De Mayo) is part of the Mexican history as they struggled to gain their independence.  This was actually the day Napoleon III was defeated by the Mexican army in 1861 at the State of Puebla, known as The Day of the Battle of Puebla (El Dia de la Batalla de Puebla).  This success kept the French from taking over the Mexican government and prevented them from gaining a larger advantage over the United States during the Civil War.  Over the years and as Mexican and American cultures grow together, this day has turned into a celebration of large proportions.  It used to be mainly the focus of Mexican-American communities, but both societies fully recognize this day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.

The event at FivePine begins months before with the planning, but decorations and cooking begin 24 to 12 hours before.  Volunteers and employees start decorating with the colors of the Mexican flag (red, white, green) on the tables and ceilings to make it quite festive.  All the Hispanic community comes for this event and everyone that cooks with me enjoys spending their time for such a good cause.  Everything we cook is authentic, fresh Mexican food that takes hours to prepare, but is well worth the wait.  Starting as early as 10 am, we make everything from tamales, enchiladas, green chilis, sopes, oaxaca mole, and hard rolled taquitos to “famous” spicy salsa you can enjoy with chips.  There is always enough to feed 150-200 people, but don’t expect leftovers.  It is too good of a chance to pass up.

While waiting for the excellent meal, you can browse the silent auction donated by many local companies and find the perfect item to take home with you.  There tends to be a good selection that makes it fun to bid and compete.  Be sure to save room, because great desserts are provided after dinner; past selections have included 3 milk cake and flan.  Some of these events also offer great entertainment of baile Folklorico Dancing, where dancers perform this special authentic Mexican dance to celebrate the wonderful occasion and history.