No holiday celebration is complete without food! The holidays are marked by coming together with friends and family to enjoy good food and good company. But it is the holidays, so you don’t just make any food. At Vallarta Restaurants in Manchester, NH, we celebrate Mexican heritage and culture through our food. In Mexico, holiday celebrations are centered around Christmas and involve their own special foods.
Tamales are a favorite holiday food in Mexico and you can find them at many events throughout the season. In Mexico, Christmas is a long season that lasts from December 12th (or December 8th in some places) until February 2nd. That means that there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy both sweet and savory tamales.
The central holiday celebration takes place on Christmas Eve, called Nochebuena. There are many foods that people enjoy as part of this important holiday, and one of the staples is pozole. This is a hearty stew that takes hours to prepare. The ingredients vary from region to region but typically include pork, cabbage, lime, cilantro, and radishes.
This sweet bread celebrates the Three Wise Men, or Three Kings, on the feast of the Epiphany on January 6th. Rosca de Reyes—Three Kings Bread—is filled with dried fruit, flavored with spices, and covered with bright-colored decorations.
It’s not just food; there are traditional holiday drinks as well. One of these festive beverages is ponche navideño. Fruits and spices simmer over a hot stove to make this warm drink that is comparable to hot mulled cider that we enjoy in the cold weather. People of all ages enjoy ponche navideño. Children enjoy it as is, and the adults sometimes add tequila or brandy to give it a little extra kick.
Family and friends come together all year round at Vallarta Restaurants in Manchester, NH. The holidays are always a special time to enjoy a meal with loved ones. Have a holiday celebration or just catch up with your friends around a table at Vallarta!