This Sunday, October 7, Feria de los Moles will be celebrating its 11th anniversary in Grand Park downtown. Inspired by his grandmother’s cooking, Pedro Ramos founded the event in 2008. Since then it has grown to over 40,000 attendees. From 10 AM until 6 PM, you can enjoy the largest Mexican food festival in the U.S., as well as art, folklore, music, mariachis, cooking workshops and the crowning of Ms. Mole. The event is free and family-friendly with a designated Kidspace. Food will be available for purchase with mole dishes starting at $10 a plate.
Mole is a traditional Mexican sauce made up of a mixture of fruits, nuts, seeds, spices, and often chocolate, cinnamon, and other flavorings. In the United States, mole usually refers to mole poblano, which originated in Pueblo, Mexico. The state of Oaxaca also has dozens of types of moles. At the festival you will have the chance to taste 13 different Mexican moles including Pipian Verde, Huaxmole, Mole Negro-Oaxaca, Coloradito, Chichilo, Mole and even a Vegan Mole from restaurants like La Morena Oaxaqueña, Tacos Manzano, Casa Del Mole and Aqui Es Oaxaca.
VIP & press lounge open from 12 noon to 3:00 pm. Ceremony at 3:00 pm. I don’t know what kind of ceremony. Maybe the crowning of Ms. Mole and awards for the best mole. A VIP experience will be available for $60, which offers a guided tour, and allows attendees to skip lines to visit the on-site Mole Museum. Seven different moles and a variety of desserts will also be available in the VIP area. No alcohol. No smoking. No phone no pool no pets. Parking is available for $10 in Lot 10 on N Hill between First Street and Temple Street, and has entrances on Hill St.