School’s out for Mexican Summer

The summer holidays are here for all those little wahacos out there and to celebrate our #MexicanSummer & our fab kid’s menu, we are giving away a family meal at Wahaca, Polka Theatre tickets and a made to order piñata for that special celebration.
Wahaca’s kids menu allows the little ones to explore the market too with our “Build your own tacos”, where choosing from chicken, steak, MSC cod or veggies, they can wrap up tasty fresh guacamole, cheese and salad tacos by themselves.

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Jimmy having lunch at Wahaca Brixton

This year, we partnered up going forward with Polka Theatre at Wahaca Wimbledon where 20p from every special sold, will be going to support one of the most iconic children’s theatres in London, which relies in ticket sales and donations, providing award winning theatre to children from all backgrounds. We have a family ticket for their summer hit show Gorilla, a children’s classic that comes to life with puppetry, songs and a giant sprinkling of Polka magic to give away.

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And to top up your #MexicanSummer celebrations, we have a bespoke piñata that will be handicrafted for you by London based Mexican-American artist Katapixia, a piñata, recycled art and Mexican bread maker.

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Katapixia’s piñatas

Prize includes a family meal up to the value of £60, a family ticket to Gorilla at Wimbledon’s Polka theatre and one piñata made to order from Katapixia,

To enter simply share with  us your ideal #MexicanSummer pics on Twitter or Instagram. We will pick a winner on Friday the 24th of July.

Wahaca to host the mother of all Day of the Dead festivals

This year, we’re hosting a 12 hour party bringing together the best Mexican and British creative talent, for an explosion of Mexican life at London’s immense Tobacco Dock on November 7th.

Earlybird tickets for the mother of all Day of the Dead festivals have now sold out but will go on general sale next week. Register here to receive the latest news and be the first to hear about tickets..

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There’s going to be a cross-border musical mash-up. From the UK we’ve got The Horrors and Crystal Fighters booked to play our main stage, where they’ll be joined by amongst others epic Mexican super-group, Mexrrissey and Grammy award winning multi-platinum rock heroes Zoe, and there’s more acts to be released soon…

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There’s going to be world-beating Food. Enrique Olvera, probably Mexico’s most prominent chef, and whose restaurant Pujol is ranked in the top 20 in the world, is flying over to cook a supper club with our very own Thomasina Miers, for those lucky enough to grab a supper club ticket when they’re released later in the summer. For those who like to graze, the historic atria of The Tobacco Docks will feature stalls serving Mexican market tacos, contemporary tortas, smoky barbacoa, roasted elotes and fresh churros. Mexican hot chocolate salons will revive the spirits, and tequila and mezcal bars will serve them.

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There’s going to be art and debate. In partnership with the Saatchi Gallery and Mexico’s Rodrigo Peñafiel, the festival will take you on a journey through an extraordinary exhibit of Mexican and British art, celebrating life and death whilst English PEN, the global charity for literature and freedom of expression, will host a daytime talks stage to explore the issues affecting the Mexican state, its people and culture that inspire so many of us today. The fiesta will support the charity Periodistas de a Pie, which works to defend the rights of journalists and protect freedom of expression in Mexico.

As the sun sets, the music will get louder, and the fiesta more transcendent. UK and Mexican DJs including Mad Decent’s Toy Selectah, and making his UK debut, Erick Rincon of “3ball Mty” (Tribal Monterrey) will bring the uniquely hedonistic sound of Mextronica to the Capital.

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Wrap all this in immersive theatre, eating, drinking and dancing and you’ve got yourself a sensory spectacle with soul.

Not one to miss out on.

Win the ultimate Mexican summer evening.

To celebrate the Baja California specials menu, part of our #CuilinaryTrip series of regional Mexican dishes, and the arrival of Mexico’s national company Ballet Folklorico de Mexico De Amalia Hernandez, we are giving you the chance to win dinner for two at Wahaca Covent Garden and the best seats in the house for the Ballet’s performance at the Coliseum round the corner.

Our Baja menu, exclusive to Wahaca Covent Garden includes Octoups Tostada with peanut chilli oil, Clam, mussels and prawn arroz rojo to MSC smoked herring pescadilla and Roasted vegetable hibiscus & Peanut dressing. For pudding a Lime posset with shortbread. This new specials menu is sure to blow your mind and transport you to the beautiful coastal towns of foodie Baja.

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To complete your evening, Mexico’s national dance company Ballet Folklorico de Mexico De Amalia Hernandez heading to the UK at London’s Coliseum from July 22nd  to the 25th of July, 42 years to the day since their last UK engagement as part of the year of Mexico in the UK.

Formed by the charismatic Amalia Hernandez in 1952, the company have become Mexico’s leading artistic ambassadors. They were the first to travel to china and have been seen by over 45 million people worldwide, not least by the thousands of visitors who visit the company at Mexico’s  Palace of Fine Arts - the foremost stage for the arts in Mexico City which has housed the company since 1959.

Amalia’s work tells the of the building of a national. Her vibrant and energetic pieces see a cast of 40 dancers and 16 musicians bring the fierce traditions of Aztec Warriors and thrill of the fiesta dances to London in a blur of hundreds of colourful costumes.

Prize includes pre-theatre dinner at Wahaca Covent Garden up to the value of £40 and the best seats at the Coliseum on Wednesday 22nd of July. To enter simply share with  us your ideal #MexicanSummer pics on Twitter or Instagram. We will pick a winner on Friday the 17th of July.

To book tickets  for the show click here.

Brixton Brewery & Wahaca tasting evening

Did you ever wonder what beers go best with our tacos? Mexico is not only the land of tequila and mezcal but it’s also big on artisan beers. Dark, blonde and ales, vary from region to region and more and more small breweries are opening up across the country.

Last year we teamed up with Brixton Brewery to produce the perfect beer to go with our fresh and vibrant dishes, called Lupulo, a beer exclusive to DF/Mexico and Wahaca Brixton. Take a look at this to find out more:

So since we are very lucky to be almost next door neighbours here in Brixton, we decided to come up with an evening of beer & tacos. Oh yes, cerveza y tacos por favor…

The lucky few will have the opportunity to sample 5 of Brixton Brewery’s finest beers such as Electric IPA and Effra Ale, and have them paired with Wahaca’s most delish nibbles, tacos and churros. While Master Brewer Jez and Wahaca’s very own Anna, talk you through what inspires their beers and Mexican street food respectively.

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When: Tuesday 21st of July at 6pm, Wahaca Brixton, Atlantic Road SW9 8JA

Tickets cost £12.50 and can be booked by emailing locals@wahaca.co.uk

The Palette of San Cristobal De Las Casas

As our #CulinaryTrip takes us across Mexico, we have joined forces with Roady Magazine to bring you an insight into a real road trip across the mother land. On the first of this series, we take you to Chiapas…

Famed as the cultural capital of Chiapas region in Mexico, San Cristobal de las Casas deserves every praise expressed through the lips of locals. Red tile roofs, cobblestone streets and iron balconies covered in flowers makes this city a must-visit destination for tourists seeking to discover an outstanding Mexican heritage. Cantered around stunning displays of flower-based art and local food stalls this city attracts thousands of tourists every month with its vast spectrum of colours and smells.

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The whole city seems to be striving and filled with activities to dive in. During the weekend different groups of masked entertainers stroll through the streets singing and dancing and the majority of the bustle can be found near the Central Park, where entertainment does not stop until late in the evening. Local people blend with vacationers as they fill the stools of small market eateries and enjoy the delicacies of the Mexican legacy. The food in the Chiapas region is based on vast amounts of chicken and pork prepared with local seasonings. The tendency of using small amounts of chilli peppers, as opposed to the other regions around, can be easily distinguished. Regional specialties include Tasajo (thinly sliced beef marinated in an achiote chilli sauce), chicken with mole (sauce prepared with chilli peppers, spices and chocolate) and pork with pipian (pumpkin seed sauce). Most of the market dishes are served with a side of radish, onion, coriander and lime to give you the choice of making every bite slightly more unique. Prices vary from stall to stall so enquire before you order and enjoy trying different styles of regional dishes served by the local people of San Cristobal.

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After a vast dinner the buzz moves to the textile and local souvenir stands where you can find anything from a colourful scarf to organic healing potions and if you want to learn more about the history of San Cristobal de las Casas, the stall keepers can tell you endless stories on any subject you are interested in regarding the region and its mythical legends.

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The ex-capital of Chiapas has been labelled as the treasure of Mexico and there are no better words to describe it. For those who admire Spaniard Colonial design, great ancient tales of the heritage of Central America complimented by amazing food, San Cristobal is the place to be. To read more click here.

#WahacaMusic July goes to Kentish Town

Our newest Wahaca, as we write…in Kentish Town, has a strong and rock music legacy, and not just for being in Camden, but also because it was right here where legendary punk and rock t-shirts were printed by Fifth Column:

 

 

This month, we’ve been inspired by Kentish and have injected plenty of Latin rock to our playlist. From quirky covers of Ian Dury and the Blockheads by Argentinean funk all-stars Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Blondie’s Hanging on the Telephone by Puerto Rico’s Davila 666 and Cheap Trick’s I want you to want me by no less than Gael Garcia Bernal taken from the Rudo y Cursi film, this playlist is set to give you the perfect intro into Latin rock inspired by so many British Bands.

 

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Gael Garvia Bernal playing Tato Bermudez on Rudo y Cursi

 

Don’t forget we are throwing the biggest Day of the Dead Festival the UK has ever seen with the most incredible music from both Mexico and the UK, to find out more click here.

Want to find out more? check your Wahaca app when you pop in to discover what’s playing and suggest a track on twitter with the hashtag #wahacamusic

 

Wahaca’s top picks for July

As we start the month with the most wonderful Mexican hot-wave… here are some of the best Mexican events happening across the UK and Mexico not to be missed this month.

 

1- Lucha Future at the Royal Albert Hall. July 11th.

For the first time ever at the Royal Albert Hall and for one night only, the mythical, dangerous, acrobatic and heroic world of Mexico’s masked wrestlers. Sixteen of Mexico’s finest, lead by the legendary Blue Demon Jr join battle under the Hall’s mighty dome soundtracked by Mexico’s electronic pioneers Bostich & Fussible (Nortec)

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2- Mass Guerilla Chilli Growing. All Wahacas, 8th of July.

The chillii growing season is upon us and with it comes the opportunity to grow your own serrano chillies and win great prizes. Just pick up a chilli plant from any of our restaurants on Wednesday 8th of July and become a #GuerillaChilliGrower

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3- Mole and Cactus Festival, Mexico City. July 1-5th.

Join Mexico’s restauranteurs and producers as they come together for the very first mole, a traditional sauce made from a variety of ingredients, and cactus festival the city has seen.

A variety of moles and cactus from across the country will be on show. They are set to break the World Guinness Record for the longest “enmolada”, something like a giant mole taco.

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4- The majestic Ballet Folklorico de Mexico visits the Coliseum, 22-25th of July.

Mexico’s national dance company return to London for the first time in more than twenty years for five performances only. Forty dancers and sixteen musicians present this captivating spectacle of live music and dance drawing on Mexico’s rich and varied history. The Ballet Folklórico de México has travelled to more than 60 countries and has been praised universally by the critics and audiences of millions.

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5- Catch the UK’s festival that celebrates Street Art, Upfest. Bristol, 25-27 July.

Europe’s largest, free, street art & graffiti festival, attracting over 250 artists painting 28 venues throughout Bedminster & Southville. Talented artists travel from 25 countries and across the UK to paint live on 30,000sqft of surfaces in front of 25,000 visitors.

To celebrate our arrival in Bristol City, Wahaca will be hosting an interactive wall where you’ll be able to join the fun and stencil your very own mark at the festival.

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Will Barras working on our Bristol restaurant mural.

 

And just to make your summer even more fun, don’t forget every Friday we are giving away tickets and Wahaca goodies as part of our #MexicanSummer giveaway.

 

Waterloo Food Festival is here…

Every year, Waterloo comes together for a celebration of local food, drink and businesses which make Waterloo such a vibrant area to live and work in.

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This year, Wahaca Waterloo will be taking part in the Emma Cons Food Fair on the 2nd of July, the Sustainabiluty Challenge on the 9th and very excited to announce we will be hosting some very special masterclasses at Wahaca Waterloo.

Tequila Masterclass: 7th of July 7pm £25
Join Wahaca’s tequila expert Matthias Lataille as he takes you on a journey of exploration of a drink you  may be surprised of. A selection of Olmeca tequilas, sangrita and a special surprise will make you love this delicious spirit.

Mezcal Masterclass: 21st of July 7pm £25
Passionate Mezcal expert Jon Anders will talk to you about the origins of this ancient drink, and explain what makes it different to tequila. A slection of mezcales will be served as well as a treasure from Jon’s selection  Del Maguey Crema, Alipus San Andres and Del Maguey Minero,

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Places are limited and can be booked emailing waterloo@wahaca.co.uk

Win tickets to Lucha Future at the Royal Albert Hall

Our #MexicanSummer giveaway commences with your chance to not only attend the long awaited Lucha Future show, but also an opportunity to meet and greet the wrestlers.

For the first time ever at the Royal Albert Hall and for one night only, the mythical, dangerous, acrobatic and heroic world of Mexico’s masked wrestlers. Sixteen of Mexico’s finest, lead by the legendary Blue Demon Jr join battle under the Hall’s mighty dome.

Featuring the funkiest live music from Tijuana’s Bostich & Fussible (Nortec Collective). An exhilarating, foot-stamping, air-punching journey to the centre of a life-affirming struggle where rudos fight tecnicos and where good does not always triumph over evil.

To win two ringside tickets with meet & greet included, just share with us on twitter or instagram tagging @wahaca a snap of your ideal #MexicanSummer and we will pick a winner by Thursday the 2nd of July.

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Periodistas de a Pie, helping Mexican writers find a voice

This article is an excerpt from the latest edition of Ola London. View the full issue here.

As some Mexican journalists face the spotlight for informing the nation of difficult issues,  the network Periodistas de a Pie, was formed in 2006 to train Mexican journalists how to present violence news stories safely. For the past two years they’ve have also been dedicated to assist journalists in dangerous parts of the country and to facilitate meetings between them to create their own auto-protection networks and solidarity circles, as well as to defend themselves against aggression and censorship.

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Their work, being different to what other established organisations and charities do, has been instead of relocating journalists facing danger from their towns, to help them stay in their towns and cities to keep doing their job, but creating a close knit network where they can look after one another and work on strategies to work safely and most importantly carry on doing their job.

We know how important the right of freedom of expression is for a developing country like Mexico is, so we are donating the profits from our Day of the Dead Festival to Periodistas de a Pie to continue their work across Mexico.

To find out more about Periodistas de a Pie click here and to register to be the first to hear about our Day of the Dead Festival celebrating modern Mexico and Great Britain through music, the arts and of course cuisine, register here.