Fiesta to be held in New Jersey, Connecticut for Trump agreement ending tariffs on Mexican imports


Stew Leonard, Jr. of Stew Leonard’s Wines and Spirits will host a major “Mexican Fiesta” after President Donald Trump struck an agreement with the Government of Mexico to avoid tariffs which would skyrocket costs of tequila and goods imported from Mexico.

Since tariffs will be held not be placed on imported goods from Mexico, Stew Leonard’s Wine and Spirts shops in Connecticut and New Jersey will host a celebration for residents, patrons and tequila lovers with a margarita and tequila tasting.

Stew Leonard’s Wine and Spirits stores located in Clifton, Paramus and Springfield, NJ as well as in Norwalk, Danbury, and Newington, Conn. will commemorate the day that the tariffs were supposed to go into effect with a tequila tasting party on June 10 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Tariffs of 5 percent were set to go into effect on Mexican imports beginning on June 10, but they were avoided after Trump struck a deal with Mexico to curb illegal immigration.

Stew Leonard's Wines and Spirits in Connecticut and New Jersey sells tens-of-thousands of bottles of tequila and beer imported products from Mexico every year.

Experts estimate that costs and prices would have soared with the new Trump tariffs.

Mexico is the U.S.’s largest trading partner. The U.S. imports about 80 percent of its avocados from Mexico, and it gets 43 percent of all its fruits and veggies from Mexico.

Hard-hit would be prices on asparagus, watermelon, tomatoes, broccoli and cucumbers.

Mexico sends the U.S. $346 billion worth of goods last year.

A 5% tariff on those products would have amounted to a tax increase of more than $17 billion on agricultural goods, clothing and parts used to make other products.

In Connecticut, Stew Leonard's Wines & Spirits of Norwalk is located at 55 Westport Ave, Stew Leonard's Wines & Spirits of Danbury at 2 Nabby Road, and Stew Leonard's Wines & Spirits of Newington at 3475 Berlin Turnpike. In New Jersey, Stew Leonard's Wines & Spirits of Clifton is located at 345 Allwood Road, Stew Leonard's Wines & Spirits of Paramus at 396 Route 17 N, and Stew eonard's Wines & Spirits of Springfield at 901 Mountain Avenue.

Each Stew Leonard’s Wines & Spirits location is independently owned and operated and is not part of a cooperative buying group or affiliated with the Stew Leonard’s food stores as such prices and inventory may vary.