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Wahaca’s Day of the Dead is coming to The Vaults this year

Join us for a nocturnal agave fuelled fiesta at The Vaults, in a re-imagined celebration of spine tingling remembrance for 2016. We’re hosting 3 nights of live music and live art, hedonistic performance, street food and tequila, showcasing the best of Modern Mexican culture and the tastiest of Mexican bites. Head over here for more info & tickets.

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Cooking tacos at home just got very simple

The rumors are true ladies and gentleman! We have a brand new product developed by no less than Thomasina Miers and team to get you cooking at home and satisfy your Wahaca cravings in between visits… simple.

The #WahacaAtHome Taco Kits have hit the shelves at 900 Tesco stores around the country with 3 varieties to choose from:

–> Tomatillo and garlic mojo

–> Tomato and smoky chipotle kit

–> Fiery habanero and achiote

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All coming with lush marinades, salsas and a pack of tortillas to make 10 x tacos with the meat or veg of your choice, and that’s not all, you can also buy the marinades, salsas and tortillas separately to spice up your kitchen.

Head over here to find out more and don’t forget to share your creations with the #WahacaAtHome hashtag on Twitter and Instagram.

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Join us for Mezcal & Tacos at Wahaca Brixton

Ever wondered what the drink of the gods Mezcal is? Have you had any tequila recently that blew your mind? Let us take you on a Mezcal discovery at Wahaca Brixton on the 9th of August.

Start the evening with Agave expert of Amathus: Jon Anders, who will explain the history of mezcal, get you to understand the difference between it and tequila and give you a taste of 3 incredible artisanal mezcales such as Pierde Almas, Puritita Verda, Del Maguey Vida and a special surprise, as well of Calle 23 blanco tequila.

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If that is not all, Wahaca Brixton’s General Manager from no less than Mexico, Ana Gomez , will get you a plate of our signature tacos to sample and give talk you through where the recipes come from, and why Mexico has a tradition of tacos and how they change from region to region.

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Pork pibil tacos

Wahaca Brixton
9th of August 6-7:30pm, £10 per person includes 4 tequila and mezcal samples, tacos and nibbles.
Limited spaces availableTo book just email brixton@wahaca.co.uk

UK/MEX sensation Jenny & the Mexicats come to London

The sensational British-Mexican band JENNY AND THE MEXICATS will be taking over The Forge in Camden on Saturday 06th of August with their contagious and peculiar musical mix of contemporary folk, flamenco and rockabilly. The band recently premiered their new song entitled “Sin Tus Estrellas,” the featured song of the Mexican film Busco Novio Para Mi Mujer directed by Enrique Begne.

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Although the group has had previous appearances in the U.K, this will be the first time they arrive with a clear mission: to conquer this almost unexplored territory for them as they did with Spain, Mexico and South American countries.

How do you fancy going to see Jenny and the Mexicats AND sharing some tacos with them at Wahaca Kentish Town before the gig, they may even sing you one or two tunes.

We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away with a lucky couple also winning dinner for two at Wahaca Kentish Town with the band. To enter just head over to instagram and comment on Jenny’s poster and don’t forget to follow our Spotify playlist for the latest #WahacaMusic tunes.

 

 

School is out for Mexican summer!

School is out! and to celebrate, Wimbledon’s finest Polka Theatre invite you to meet the little pig with big dreams, in a heart-warming tale of friendship, adventure and bravery  with 4 tickets to see Babe live and a family meal at Wahaca Wimbledon.
Join in for an enchanting family favourite, as the classic children’s novel which inspired the Oscar-winning film comes alive with plenty of laughter, thrills, stunning puppetry and original music

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Locals know that 20p from every kids meal sold at Wahaca Wimbledon is donated to Polka, who are an outstanding charity supporting Children’s theatre, enjoyed by over 90,000 kids each year.

just email us to locals@wahaca.co.uk with the subject line #MexicanSummer by midnight 24th of July and we will pick a winner first thing on Monday 25th. Good luck!

Umami, a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico

A wonderfully surprising novel, powered by wit, exuberance and nostalgia, UMAMI… started with a drowning.

Deep in the heart of Mexico City, in a privada where five houses cluster around a sun-drenched courtyard, lives Ana, a precocious twelve-year-old who spends her days buried in Agatha Christie novels to forget the mysterious death of her little sister years earlier. Over the summer she decides to plant a garden in the courtyard, and as she digs the ground and plants her seeds, her neighbors in turn delve into their past. As the ripple effects of grief, childlessness, illness and displacement saturate their stories, secrets seep out and questions emerge – Who was my wife? Why did my Mom leave? Can I turn back the clock? And how could a girl who knew how to swim drown?

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In prose that is dazzlingly inventive, funny and tender, Jufresa immerses us in the troubled lives of her narrators, deftly unpicking their stories to offer a darkly comic portrait of contemporary Mexico, as whimsical as it is heart-wrenching.

Umami, written by Laia Jufresa and translated by Sophie Hughes, is having it’s launch party at Wahaca Charlotte Street’s Mezcaleria on the 5th of July, and is now available to pre-order from all good bookstores.

Share your #dreamtaco with us and win!

Have you noticed on the back of our latest Ola magazine on every table,  a brand new competition? Get doodling and share with us your #DreamTaco to win a feast for 4 at your nearest Wahaca.

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We will be picking one winner every month this summer. Simply share it with us on Twitter or instagram @wahaca or Snapchat @wahacasnap with the hashtag #DreamTaco and we will pick our favourites.

Could it be our tastiest taco yet?

We dare not even whisper it, but might there be a new kid on the taco block which is even tastier than the all conquering pork pibil? This is one you need to try for yourself..
Our newest special is the perfect balance of zinging chorizo and melted cheese-laden joy and it’s had Tommi in raptures of excitement since we first cooked it up after returning from a recent trip to Mexico City.
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Our chorizo for this bad boy comes from the award winning artisan British charcuterie maker Trealy Farm, taking three weeks to cure, it’s made from British free range pork in Monmouthshire.

We add this delicious chorizo to a toasted corn tortilla with melted cheese, sweet roasted red onions and fresh avocado salsa, a tasty parcel that will just melt in your mouth. So come down and enjoy it, not forgetting that we donate 20p from each special to help support charities and campaigns close to our hearts in Mexico and the UK like Ednica, helping families of street children in Mexico City.

So what are you waiting for? Come and celebrate our #YearOfTheTaco with this handheld flavour hit:  All hail the Chorizo and Cheese taco!

Mexico’s multi-Grammy winner Lila Downs comes to London’s Southbank

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With one of the world’s most singular voices and innovative approaches to music, Lila Downs, born in the state of Oaxaca México, daughter of a Mixtec Indian woman and a Scottish University of Minnesota professor. Lila grew up both in Minnesota and Oaxaca, singing her way through childhood soaking up her Mum’s incredible culture and folklore.

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For two decades Lila Downs has traveled throughout the world reinterpreting the roots of music, from blues, jazz and soul to cumbia, rock, even rap and klezmer music. She weaves various musical forms with traditional Mexican and native Mesoamerican music, singing in Spanish, English, and the languages of the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahuatl cultures. Her tremendous voice and the originality of her compositions create a musical concept that is highly innovative and unique. Lila is hard to put in a box. She is not simply a Mexican artist, a jazz, blues or a world music artist – there is no real way to categorize her music except to say it is an exciting fusion of international sounds and musical genres.

Lila returns to London after many years with her powerful new album ‘Balas y chocolate’ an album that doesn’t just break musical boundaries, but also addresses issues that affect her beloved Mexico.

To celebrate Lila’s visit to the Southbank, we are having a pre-gig party at our Southbank restaurant’s al fresco bar serving freshly shaken margaritas and Mexican beers from 5pm playing your favourite Mexican tunes to get you ready for the gig.

And… we have a pair of tickets to give away & dinner at Wahaca Southbank, simply head to @wahaca to enter.

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From the 1 June to the 2 July 2016 across London, 

#LIFT2016 has travelled the world to curate a very special playlist of performances, politics and pop-culture for London, so go on – press play.
You may have seen them at our Day of the Dead Festival last year, and they have been preparing a storm of incredible performances this summer, including circus in the graveyard show: Depart, Meet Japanese pop fans, an outré performance star, a body builder, and teenagers with attitude. Waltz, keep secrets, see a brass band, take revenge and sleep with a stranger. Visit Roma musicians, refugees, ancient Greeks via Sarah Kane, Falklands War veterans, a Victorian music hall and a circus in a cemetery where the undead welcome you in.
Rejoice, dance, mourn, laugh and cry in this most exhilarating of cities. Walk into the lives of
some of the remarkable people who make up London in 4 weeks of stylish, bizarre, moving,
flirtatious, sensory performance, as LIFT 2016 celebrates the world in London and London in
the world.

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Compelling, playful and provocative work comes from 14 countries, including Argentina,
Belgium, Greece, Poland, Canada, Japan, Australia, the USA, Lebanon and Syria. Over 30
events will be seen across the capital from an East End Cemetery to the Barbican and Hoxton Hall, from The Place to the Thames, and from the Royal Court and Sadler’s Wells to a Stratford car park.

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Tickets and information www.liftfestival.com & keep an eye on instagram @wahaca for your chances to win dinner for two and tickets to the shows.