Tuesday May 03 2011
Fountains is the place to celebrate Cinco de Mayo
By: ToLewis, The Press Tribune
Last year’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at The Fountains at Roseville was the largest in the region, and this year it’s expected to be even bigger. Tres Mexican restaurant will be setting up a 10,000-square-foot tent in the corner parking lot next to Roseville Parkway and feature live music, food and drink specials and entertainment beginning at noon. “We have a big reputation to uphold,” said Ashley Miller, executive beverage director for Tres. “We’re going to do the same thing that we did last year, just a little bit bigger.” Attendees can expect special events such as cigar rolling, an ice sculpture with a tequila luge, photo booths, DJs, salsa dancing and more. “We will also have special dancers that are going to come in with head dresses and definitely some stuff that will catch the eye and really entertain people,” Miller said. Tres Executive Chef Joseph Arragon Jr. said he will set up satellite barbecue stations at the tent serving tacos and other barbecued food cooked over mesquite-seasoned wood. “It’s what they do in Jalisco, so we’re going to keep true to that concept,” Arragon said. “It’s a labor of love, what we do here at Tres. We cook everything throughout the day, it’s nonstop.” Miller said security will be ramped up for the event, which will likely see about 5,000 people, so that attendees can celebrate in a safe environment. “It’s meant to be a party, but it’s also meant to be a safe, fun environment where you can have fun and know that you’re not going to have to drive or anything like that,” Miller said. Miller said emergency personnel and local taxi services have been notified about the event to discourage drinking and driving. Four hotels in the area are also offering a special “Tres rate” for partygoers who are coming from outside of the area. The Courtyard Marriot, Homewood Suites, Larkspur Landing and Orchid Suites are all nearby hotels that are offering rooms for under $100, according to Donna Dotti, director of sales for Placer Valley Tourism. Live music will begin around 3 p.m., with two bands ranging from reggae to urban Latino style music, Miller said. Live DJs will play salsa and Latino dance music until 10 p.m. In addition to the Cinco de Mayo tent celebration, Tres will also feature live Mariachi music and regular dinner specials in a more family-friendly environment at the restaurant in The Fountains. Toby Lewis can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.