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Taza Chocolate to hold Cinco de Mayo block party

Posted by Christina Jedra  April 24, 2013 03:25 PM

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Suhayl Ramirez hands out samples of stone ground Mexican-style dark chocolate at the Taza Chocolate Factory retail store.

Photo: Kayana Szymczak for The Boston Globe

Taza Chocolate, a Somerville-based factory and shop, is known for its Mexican style, stone ground chocolate. For this reason, when Cinco de Mayo comes around, the local business will bring Mexican culture to Windsor Street by shutting it down and throwing a block party. 

From 1-5 p.m. on May 5, the chocolate factory will host up to 500 people who can enjoy two taco trucks, free samples from Ole Mexican Grill, margaritas from El Buho Mezcal and Ripe Craft Bar Juice, and live music by DJ Riobamba. Sodas by Spindrift and beer from Brooklyn Brewery will also be available. The event is free and open to the public. All ages are welcome. 

Taza's retail events and outreach coordinator, Suhayl Ramirez, said that the factory's second Cinco de Mayo party is a celebration of the business's Mexican roots. 

"We try and keep those ties to that tradition as much as we can," she said. "With Cinco de Mayo, it's something very familiar to our audience." 

Taza will make factory-limited products, like their Oaxacan Mole chocolate, available for purchase at the event. As for what else the chocolate makers will provide, Ramirez said she couldn't spill the beans. 

"There are some surprises we have in store," she said, "but I can't give those away right now."

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