Mole & Mariachi Festival

Fourth Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival

Saturday, Sept. 10 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Mole & Mariachi Festival is a benefit for nonprofit Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in support of Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Proceeds from the festival fund educational programs, visitor services and restoration at the Mission.

The fourth annual Mole & Mariachi Festival is 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 at Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park, 144 School St. in downtown Santa Cruz. Chefs will prepare mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample.

Competing chefs include restaurants El Chipotle, El Jardin, Chocolate and El Chino; caterers and food makers Cesario Ruiz of My Mom’s Mole, Taquitos Gabriel’s and Sunny’s Catering; and home chefs from Club Tuxpan Santa Cruz, Emma Pinto (Mama Marquita’s) and Lidia Montesino (JoLí Molé). Tasting kits include six tastes for $10; additional tasting tickets can be purchased for $2 each.

There will be a raffle, kids’ activities, and a beer, wine and chavela garden.






Event sponsors include:

Platinum level: Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County, Discretion Brewing, Good Times Newsweekly, Mariachi Alma de Mexico, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard

Gold level: Bonny Hawley,, California State Parks, Defib This Emergency Response Training, DNA Entertainment, Jen & Delphina Sanchez, KAZU-FM, KSCO-AM, KPIG-FM, Leonard Building/Ed Newman, Lighthouse Bank, Miller Maxfield, Inc., Mission Printers, Sandbar Solar, Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, Santa Cruz Life, Georgann and John Scally, Sunny’s Catering, Taco Works, The Zenith

Silver level: Alexis Party Rental, D’La Colmena Market & Catering, Peg and Paul Danielson

Bronze level: Daryl Allen & Gil Sanchez, Bank of America, Bruzzone Family Vineyards, Byington Vineyard & Winery, Captain’s Inn at Moss Landing, Coast Paper & Supply, Inc., Santa Cruz Councilmember David Terrazas & Monica Terrazas, Santa Cruz Councilmember Don Lane, Santa Cruz Councilmember Pamela Comstock, Charlene & Phil Duval,  Elkhorn Slough Safari, Grocery Outlet, Hernandez Market I, Hernandez Market II, Charlie & Patty Kieffer, KZSC, Barney & Pat Levy, Leo’s U-Save Liquors, Maggie Mathias, Maya Restaurant, Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Mathews, Mint Café and Wine Bar, Mollie’s Country Café, State Senator Bill Monning, Mount Hermon Adventures, Don Nielsen, Santa Cruz Councilmember Richelle Noroyan, O’Neill Yacht Charters, Peet’s Coffee & Teas, Roaring Camp Railroads, Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA, SEIU 521 SJ Latino Caucus, Curt & Karen Simmons, Adam Steckley, Trader Joe’s, Santa Cruz Vice Mayor Cynthia Chase, Wilder Ranch State Park Docents

Sponsor the Mole & Mariachi Festival with a cash or in-kind donation. All levels are welcome. Sign up today.