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Grand Fiesta Americana
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By Michelle da Silva Richmond

It’s that time of year again and Mexico is gearing up for its annual Independence Day celebration, also known as “El Grito de Dolores” and we’re getting ready to celebrate in grand style at our award-winning La Joya Restaurant.

On Sept. 16, 1810 Mexican citizens rose against their Spanish conquerors, kicking off the Mexican War of Independence.  Roman Catholic priest Father Miguel Hidalgo led the charge when he rang the church bell in the town of Dolores Hidalgo and cried out his impassioned, history-making “Grito” (shout) advocating freedom from Spain.

Since 1825, the anniversary of that historic event has been celebrated as Mexican Independence Day.

That “liberty bell,” which now hangs above the main entrance of the National Palace in the Zocalo, is rung at 11 p.m. on the eve of September 16 each year by the president of the Republic, who shouts a revised rendition of the patriot’s cry: “Que Viva Mexico!”

In honor of the historic event, La Joya will be hosting a Grand Fiesta on September 15, starting at 8 p.m., highlighting a bountiful buffet of Mexican delicacies. Food stations will offer a wide selection of traditional recipes while colorful mariachis, musical trios and a live broadcast from Mexico City of the ceremony will serve as a backdrop.

Price per person is: $850 MXN (including tax). Buffet and open bar with national liquors is $980 MXN per person (including tax). For reservations: visit the Concierge Desk or call: 881-3200 ext. 3380 or 4200.

In addition, throughout the month of September La Joya is featuring a true taste of Mexico with Chiles en Nogada, a traditional, appetizing dish featuring poblano chiles stuffed with ground meat, nuts and dried fruit, topped off by a creamy walnut sauce and pomegranate seeds.

The dish was invented by nuns in Puebla in 1821 and presented to Army Gen. Agustin de Iturbide after a decisive battle during the Mexican Revolution. The colors: red, white and green, symbolize the Mexican flag. The cost of each chile is $260 MXN including tax.

It’s definitely fiesta time so be sure to join in the festivities and…..

Viva Mexico!