Join us on September 15 for the traditional Mexican Independence celebrations with mariachi music, great food and drinks. On the stroke of 11 p.m., live from the Presidential Palace in the Zocalo (main square) in Mexico City, President Peña will give El Grito, the rallying cry “Viva Mexico.” Add your voice and raise your glass in a toast to this beautiful country and its people.Snack on guacamole, tacos and other delicious finger food or dine at Hacienda Sisal and try the seasonal specialty chiles en nogada, a sophisticated dish with a fascinating story.

History tells that in 1821, General Agustín de Iturbide visited Puebla after signing the Treaty of Córdoba, the document that gave Mexico its Independence from Spain. He decided to celebrate his saint’s day in the city: August 28, the day of St Augustine, and the city’s elders held a banquet in his honor. The nuns of Santa Monica Convent were caught up in the fervor of his visit and invented a special dish to commemorate his visit and the birth of a nation, using the colors of the new flag: red, white and green.Poblano chilies are stuffed with a sweet and savory filling of ground pork and beef, dried fruit (raisins, citron, peach and apple), spices, garlic and onion and topped with a creamy white sauce made from ground walnuts, almonds and sherry. Pomegranate seeds and chopped cilantro complete the color sequence of red, white and green.