Mole & Mariachi Festival

Sixth Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival

Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 • 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 sixth annual Mole & Mariachi Festival will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018 at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St. in downtown Santa Cruz.

Mole chefs, food vendors and Mercado shops can sign up now. Space is limited and will go fast!

Chefs will prepare mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. Competing chefs will be announced in the summer. There will be a raffle, kids’ activities, and a beer, wine and chavela garden.

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Want to volunteer for the festival? Click here to sign up or email.


2017 Mole & Mariachi Festival

Congratulations to our winners:

  • Best Mole: Judges’ Choice – Margaritaville
  • Best Mole: People’s Choice: – Chef Emma Pinto/Mama Marquita
    • Runner-Up: Judges’ Choice – Mickey’s Café & Catering
    • Runner-Up: People’s Choice – Chef Ana Mendoza/Moles & Oaxacan Cuisine

The fifth annual Mole & Mariachi Festival was 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St. in downtown Santa Cruz.

Chefs prepared mole, a traditional Mexican sauce, sometimes made using chocolate, for festival-goers to sample. There was a raffle, kids’ activities, and a beer, wine and chavela garden.

2017 event sponsors include:

Platinum level: Good Times, Discretion Brewery, Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard, Santa Cruz City Arts Commission

Gold level: Arts Council of Santa Cruz County; Leonard Building: Gail Mayo, Thunderbird Reality (Gerente), Ed Newman (Dueño); TheZenith; Bonny Hawley; KPIG; KAZU; Mission Printers; DebFib This; Taco Works; Lighthouse Bank; Jen Sanchez; Mickey’s Cafe & Catering; Mission Linens

Silver level: Peg & Paul Danielson, Alexis Party Rentals, Crystal Springs Water, Sandbar Solar, Santa Cruz Community Health Centers, Curt & Karen Simmons, Mariachi Infantil Alma de Mexico, Georgann & John Scally, Clarion Pacific Insurance, CaboVillas.com, Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay KOA, Charlene & Phil Duval, Miller Maxfield, Inc.

Bronze level: Plaza Lane Optometry; Coast Paper; Richelle Noroyan, City Councilmember; Jorge Savala; Jessica Kusz; Jone Balesteri; Jo Kenny & Gloria Nieto; Holy Cross School; El Rosal Bakery; Stuart Kitayama; Wilder Ranch State Park Docents; Mount Hermon Adventures; Daryl Allen & Gil Sanchez; Byington Vineyard & Winery; Mint Wine Bar & Café; Elkhorn Slough Safari; Chaminade Resort & Spa; The Hindquarter Grill; Friends ParkStore; John & Berna Bruzzone; Bruzzone Family Winery; Annieglass; Bargetto Winery; Bruce McPherson, County Supervisor; New Leaf Community Markets; Adam Steckley; Maggie Mathias; Sisters and a Brush; Peet’s Coffee & Tea; Roaring Camp Railroads; Kianti’s Pizza and Pasta Bar; GreenWaste Recovery; David Terrazas, Santa Cruz Vice Mayor & Monica Terrazas; Eric & Krista Van Vilet; SEIU Local 521 LatinoCaucus; Supervisor Ryan Coonerty; Cynthia Chase, Santa Cruz Mayor; D’La Colmena Market & Catering; Chris Krohn, City Councilmember; Leo’s U-Save Liquors