Cinco De Mayo Dinner On Saturday At Oxford’s Legion
Published: May 3rd, 2024
By: Jeanie Petersen

Cinco de Mayo Dinner on Saturday at Oxford’s Legion Diners at the Cinco de Mayo, festive Mexican themed dinner last year. This once-a-year event will be at the Legion - Saturday, May 4, 4-6 p.m. (Photo by Jeanie Petersen)

OXFORD – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a special Mexican dinner on Saturday, May 4, from 4 to 6 p.m., with the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) of Fort Hill Post #376.

Spanish for "fifth of May," the dinner, usually held on the fifth, will be held on the first Saturday, May 4.

This is not simply a dinner, it’s a Mexican fiesta meal, listen to Mexican folk music, and enjoy very colorful decorations, all while supporting the educational and charitable ALA missions.

In celebración, Unit 376 Auxiliary members will be preparing food that will take your taste buds to sunny Mexico.

The entrées will be beef tacos, chicken enchiladas, pork carnitas, and pico de gallo (fresh salsa). There will also be Mexican or white rice. Alternative veggie versions will be available. Food will have just a little mild seasoning; not spicy.

There will be a-help yourself-taco toppings bar which will include real Mexican hot sauce to please those who like to “feel the burn.”

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To round out the dinner, there will be a couple of delicious desserts: Sopapilla cheesecake and Tres Leches cake or torta de tres leches (from Spanish, "three milks cake.”) 

Mexican dinner prices are just $12. Take-outs: $12.50. “Todos son bienvenidos,” (All are welcome!) 

For fun, bring your camera and take a picture of your amigos with their faces through the holes in the amusing fiesta photo panel. Everyone becomes a Señor and Señorita in colorful garb. 

For those 21 and over, there will be a special drink menu with real Mexican beer, tequila, RumChata and Kahlua cocktails. You might decide to finish your dinner with a (spiked) Mexican Café. (Cocktails are not included in the dinner price.)

The Oxford ALA is involved in youth activities such as Empire Girls' State, and their own $500 scholarship for a female Oxford Academy graduate. They also organize fundraisers like the Memorial Poppy donations, promote child literacy with their Harvest dinner, donate community gift “baskets”, and help the Volunteer Services of the NYS Veterans' Home. It is all accomplished with volunteers!

The historic Fort Hill Post #376 is located at 17 S. Washington Avenue. For inquiries, contact the American Legion at (607) 843-8166 or email: