Taco Bar Catering is a local Orange County catering business serving authentic Mexican food fused with local American flavors. With Hispanic Heritage Month right around the corner, we wanted to share a few ways to celebrate the incredible diversity here in Orange County.
Fiestas Patrias in Santa Ana
Fiestas Patrias is a 2-day festival at Santa Ana Civic Stage, celebrating the Mexican culture and community. There will be games, rides, food, and live music on September 15th and 16th. We highly encourage you to attend this lively, vibrant event to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month.
Mission San Juan Capistrano
The mission in San Juan Capistrano was built when California was under Spanish rule. The structure has been maintained for its beauty and historical significance since then. Take a stroll back in time to the 1700s and check out the beautiful architecture of the Native Americans and Spanish people.
If you are interested in the California’s cultural roots, Bowers Museum in Santa Ana is currently displaying exhibits dedicated to Ranchos and Missions, Ceramics of Western Mexico, and the First Californians. Stop by to appreciate the artwork and learn more about Hispanic arts.
Mexican Ice Cream Parlor
Traditionally, Mexican ice cream is slow-churned with milk from grass-fed cows. At most Mexican ice cream parlors, you can find an incredibly wide variety of ice creams, popsicles, drinks, and other sweet treats in flavors you wouldn’t typically get in a classic American setting. Some of these delectable goodies include sweet and spicy mangonadas, corn ice cream, and hibiscus sorbet.
In Orange County, kids don’t just wait in anticipation for the ice cream man – they have the elote man, too! Elote is Mexican grilled corn coated in butter, mayonnaise, cotija cheese, and cayenne pepper. You can also add other ingredients, but these are the staples!
Mexican Gift Shops
If you love Mexican folk art, ceramics, and pottery, stop by one of the vintage Mexican art shops in Downtown Fullerton and Placentia. These artisan decor and gift shops have beautiful handmade pieces from local artists. You can find colorful painted skulls for Dia De Los Muertos, Frida Kahlo inspired art, beautiful rosaries, and intricately painted dishes.
Orange County Hispanic Heritage Month Networking Mixer
Sign up for the Orange County Hispanic Heritage Month Networking Mixer on October 2nd! Though are many Mexican-American events and destinations, Orange County is also home to a large community of Peruvians, El Salvadorans, Ecuadorians, Cubans, and other Latinos. This is the perfect place to connect with more Spanish-speaking individuals from different backgrounds.
Salsa & Bachata Classes
Every culture has its own distinct music and dance. To get more in tune with the Hispanic side of Orange County, try a salsa or bachata class. Salsa originated in the Caribbean and has gained popularity as a passionate, sensual dance because of the hip movements associated with it. Bachata is a dance from the Dominican Republic composed of a full 8 count movement within a square.
El Centro Cultural de México
This recreational space in Santa Ana hosts events and classes for the Hispanic community to nurture artistic, cultural, and educational activities. For example, the center offers folklorico ballet, Aztec ceremony dance, and guitar classes. If you have a young one who’s interested in learning more about their roots, El Centro Cultural de Mexico has tons of excellent programs and workshops to preserve Mexican traditions for years to come.
Taqueros Mexican Restaurant
For authentic Mexican food, our own Taqueros Mexican Restaurant is the place to be. We don’t mean to brag, but we have a delicious, mouthwatering Mexican food menu that you absolutely can’t miss out on. At Taqueros, we pride ourselves on our Hispanic heritage and we love sharing our culture with everyone. Stop by and have a taste! You won’t be disappointed.