Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Check Out Latino Festivals, Restaurants and Markets Right Here in the North Metro!

by North Metro Woman

The season of fall brings so much to celebrate in the North Metro area.

We have pumpkin picking, leaf peeping, holiday  decorating, changing seasons and, of course, cinnamon and nutmeg treats on every menu across the country.

But, from mid-September to mid-October, we also celebrate a very special culture with Hispanic Heritage Month.  With over 22% of Colorado’s population of Hispanic ethnicity, this month-long cultural and experiential celebration is one near and dear to our hearts.

Here are North Metro Woman’s top picks for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month.

Festival Latino

Number one, attend one of the city’s cultural celebrations like Festival Latino  on October 1st at Riverdale Regional Park in Brighton.

Here you’ll find a multitude of Latin artisans, food vendors and an incredible lineup of musical artists on two separate stages featuring traditional mariachi, cumbia, Latin rock, and even salsa dancing if you’ve got the rhythm and the hips for it;)

See the event’s website for  cultural activities planned throughout the day.

Rosa’s scrumptious enchiladas.

Second, you can also visit one of the many amazing Mexican restaurants in the North Metro area.

Some, in particular,  have caught our eye, and dazzled our taste buds, like Rosa’s Mexican Kitchen off Lincoln Street in Thornton.

This quaint and colorful spot is a great place to get your classic  smothered burrito and chicken mole fix.  We also recently visited Mamalolitas on Arista Place in Broomfield, which feels more like a date night out with its modern decor and eclectic gourmet New Mexican cuisine.

They boast award-winning tacos but if you have never tried their “Blistered Shashito Peppers”,  now is the time!  They are everything you never knew you needed in an appetizer with a mix of of smoky peppers and tangy chimichurri lime sauce.

Other North Metro Woman favorites  in the area that you can always rely on for new and traditional Mexican are: Ana’s Mexican Grill off 120th  and Federal in Broomfield, Los Arcos off  80th and Federal in Westminster, Kachina Southwestern Grill in the Westin hotel off Church Ranch and Westminster Blvd.,  Teocalli’s Cocina in Lafayette (and Arvada), and Centro Mexican Kitchen in Boulder.

At the end of the day, if you decide to keep the celebration in your own kitchen., you can find whatever you need for any Hispanic dish you have cooking at Mi Pueblo Market off Eppinger Blvd. and Washington in Thornton.

They carry fresh food and cooking supplies from 11 different countries such as Mexico, Peru, Venenzuela, Honduras and Brazil.

This authentic Hispanic market is more than just just a niche supplier of chilis and spices.  Yes, they have every variety of adobo under the sun , but they are a fully stocked fresh grocer with a specialized meat market (carniceria), a cafe style restaurant, AND the most incredible bakery (panaderia)  you have ever seen in a North Metro grocery store.  Plan to spend some time here when you go.  Trust us, just deciding what kind of sweet to eat will take awhile.

Mexican cookies!

Holy Hot Sauce!

Cakes of many colors!

If you have a favorite Hispanic heritage activity,  restaurant or store that you like to visit  let us know.  We would love to check it out.

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