Saturday is Mexican Independence Day, and El Palacio in Chandler is celebrating with a festival in its parking lot from 2-8 p.m.
Food and beer specials are still being finalized, but restaurant owner Anthony Serrano promises four different kinds of street tacos – chicken, ceviche, carnitas, and machaca – and a salsa bar with about 10 salsas.
(Note: The Mexican restaurant won both the hot and mild divisions at last year’s My Nana’s Salsa Challenge, as well as best salsa honors at last fall’s Arizona Taco Festival.)
Chander’s Paletas Betty will be selling her delicious Mexican frozen treats. For gringo appetites, there’ll be a hamburger and hot dog vendor.
Saturday’s activities will include an amateur salsa contest with a $100 prize. Interested competitors should call the restaurant to sign up.
Other activities will include a mariachi band (5-7), dancing (2:30-3:15 & 7:15-8), and a kid zone (2-6).
Admission is $8 in advance (through Friday) and $10 the day of the festival.
El Palacio, which will serve its normal menu inside on Saturday, is located on Gilbert Road just south of the Santan Freeway.