Mexican food and culture have never been more popular in South Africa. With restaurants popping up all over Joburg (Linden, Melville, and Bryanston have all seen new additions this year) there’s a definite hint of spice in the air. So far, the only thing missing for Joburg-based Mexican foodies is a festival dedicated to this beautiful food – that is, until now.


On 7 May, Gauteng will experience its first Tequila and Mexican Food Festival at The Open Window Institute in Centurion. Described as a fun-filled day celebrating Mexico’s fine cuisine, tequila, and traditions, this day out will run from 11am to 6pm, giving guests a full day to immerse themselves in Mexican culture. Imagine a day filled with colour, ponchos, sombreros, music, burritos, nachos, churros, and tacos; all accompanied by a variety of tequila-based drinks and cocktails. Added to this heavenly slice of little Mexico will be distinctly African features including performances from some of South Africa’s top musical acts. Sip on a frozen margarita while listening to Pretoria band December Streets from 4pm to 5pm, and then finish off your perfect day out with some jalapeno poppers and the live sounds of Jeremy Loops.


The festival organisers have worked hard to celebrate the food and tequila culture of Mexico, while also showcasing local establishments that support Mexican culture. With food and cocktail stalls offering a massive variety of delicious options, there’s bound to be something for everyone. And at the end of the day, expert food critics will award prizes to the day’s top Mexican spots, with trophies for Gauteng’s best burrito, taco, and cocktail being handed out once everything has been sampled.


Kick off your shoes, don your best sombrero, and grab a friend and head out to what promises to be the first of many incredible festivals celebrating Joburg, Mexico’s newest little sister.

Tequila and Mexican Food Festival

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Words: Lucy Sarah Heaney
Images: Supplied, Run Jump Fly & Mike Gutkin

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