Mole & Mariachi Festival

Seventh Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival

Thanks to all who attended!!
Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019 • 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 7th annual event was held Saturday, Sept. 7th at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St. in downtown Santa Cruz.

This year’s mole chef competition featured sauces by Margaritaville, Chef Ana Mendoza, Taquitos Gabriel’s, D’La Colmena, La Cabaña, Sason Mexicano, My Mom’s Mole and El Jardin!

JUDGES CHOICE: Taquitos Gabriel’s
– Runner Up: El Jardin Restaurant
PEOPLE’S CHOICE: El Jardin Restaurant
– Runner Up: Moles & Oaxacan Cuisine

Food vendors this year included: The Penny Ice Creamery, Bella’s Fruit Cocktails, Chef Ana Mendoza, Taquitos Gabriel’s, Lidia’s Taqueria, Aparicio’s Corn, Sason Mexicano and churros.


2018 Mole & Mariachi Festival

Congratulations to our winners:

  • Chef Ana Mendoza, People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Runner Up
  • People’s Choice Winner Mickey’s Catering & Cafe
  • Judges’ Choice Winner Margarita Capitola

The sixth annual Mole & Mariachi Festival was held Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Check out the Photo Zone photos here!


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.