Mole & Mariachi Festival

Seventh Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival

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 will be Saturday, Sept. 7th at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park, 144 School St. in downtown Santa Cruz.

Chefs can sign up now to participate in the mole cook-off:
Chef Form English | Spanish
Email for more information.

Registration for food vendors, Mercado merchants, and volunteers is now open.
Food Vendor Form English | Spanish
Mercado Vendor Form English | Spanish
Email for more information.

Volunteers can sign up now. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Sign up now!


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.