Wahaca presents… The best Mexican documentaries, short films and culture

Our monthly short film evening at Charlotte Street’s Mezcaleria just got bigger and better. We have not only teamed up with the Oaxaca Film Festival and their cutting edge independent short films, but we have also got together with the UCL Mexican Society to bring you award winning Mexican documentaries.

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After the recent visit of Mexican film maker Francesco Taboada Tabone to Wahaca, we are very excited to have his award winning documentary: Tin Tan. That tells the story of the charismatic legend German Valdes, an actor, singer, dancer and comedian, one of the biggest stars of The Golden Age of Mexican Cinema with over 100 films and 11 albums released between the forties and seventies.

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To compliment your Mexican evening, a soundtrack of beautiful tunes of the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema will be played in the background while your favourite Wahaca cocktails are served.

Tuesday 2nd of September

Oaxaca Short films and Tin Tan from 6:30pm

Wahaca Charlotte Street’s Mezcaleria Bar

Free entry: simply register here for your free tickets.

Wahaca presents… Maguey: a documentary by Franceso Taboada Tabone

Join us for a very special screening of this award winning documentary that follows the history and meaning of the maguey plant in inner-Mexico’s indigenous communities, The Otomis and Nahuas, as they fight to keep the beliefs and traditions alive.

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The maguey, also known as “the tree of wonders” not only famous for it’s mysterious pulque drink, that is served in cantinas throughout Mexico, it has also had a powerful influence in arts and politics and has recently been declared to be in danger of extinction. The film shows a magical insight into the local people who harvest and look after it.

The screening will be followed by a Mezcal tasting with Amathus and a Q&A with the film’s director Francesco Taboada Tabone and producers Aldo Tabone and Fernanda Robinson.

Space is limited, so to grab your free tickets, simply register here.

Sunday 17th of August 5pm at Wahaca Charlotte Street’s Mezcaleria.

Watch the trailer.

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Win the complete riverside Mexican evening with Pate de Fuá and Wahaca Southbank Experiment

The first of five summer roof-top gigs at the Southbank Centre this summer as part of the Festival of Love will be hosted by jazz-tango-swing Mexican sensations Pate de Fuá on Wednesday 16th of July.

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Formed in Mexico in 2006, Pate de Fuá has been crossing borders with their unique folk sound and are currently on a 8 date European Tour. This nine-piece troupe create a unique musical experience fusing elements of avant-rock, outrageous oompah and post-minimalism. Their high-energy, interactive shows are full of exuberant choral harmonies, choreography and intricate grooves.

To be in a chance of winning two tickets to the gig and dinner for two at Wahaca Southbank Experiment of £40 in value, where you will be able to sample Wahaca’s newest specials, simply send an email to locals@wahaca.co.uk and tell us your favourite Mexican dish you would like to see included in the specials at Wahaca.

A winner will be chosen at midday on Monday the 14th of July and will be notified by email.

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The Triquis basketball stars visit Wahaca Soho

Last week we welcomed some very special basketball stars to our restaurant in Soho. Not your regular NBA players, these were The Triquis, a group of 9 boys and 1 girl from the remote Triqui region of Oaxaca, Mexico.

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This basketball dream started in 2009, when coach Sergio Zuniga set up the project to help 9 and 10 year olds have a better life and improve their education by setting up a team, a team that only children with good marks could join. The team quickly became popular and the initiative has been taken  up by other communities in Oaxaca.

The Triquis who began playing barefoot, as they didn’t have the right trainers, were named the “Barefoot giants of the mountains”, and have gained international acclaim after competing in Argentina, Spain and the USA in recent months.

After winning The Fairplay Award and the second place at the Barcelona Basketball Cup, the Mexican Embassy invited the children to visit London and during their tour of London, they stopped by to have some tacos, quesadillas, many aguas frescas and a few table football matches in our Azulito Bar.

We look forward to seeing these total dudes grow into basketball professionals representing Mexico in future Olympics and Championships across the world.

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Thomasina’s Supper Club at Fortnum and Mason

For the very first in their new series of Supper Clubs, those purveyors of incredibly fine things, Fortnum & Mason have invited our very own Thomasina Miers to head down the road to their Piccadilly store and cook up a Mexican storm for just one evening on Thursday 3 July.  Spaces are available now.

Tommi in the kitchen

Held in the elegant environs of their Fountain Restaurant, Tommi’s supper club will showcase the freshest Mexican leaves and flowers in amongst some chilli salsas and sauces.

Her menu includes a Mezcal cocktail to whet your whistle, whilst you tuck into stuffed Hoja Santa leaves, courgette flower quesadillas and crab tostadas.  Our pals from Amathus will also be giving customers a swift journey through the differences between Mezcal and Tequila.

Then it’s headfirst into a four course menu taking in pasilla de Oaxaca chillies stuffed with hibiscus flowers and cheese, duck breast with mole oaxaqueno and an icy raspberry granita. It’s going to be off the scale.

To make a reservation, head over here quick. These tickets aren’t going to hang around for long.

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Join us at Wahaca Wimbledon’s Mexican Film Fiesta

 

On Sunday 29th of June we will be taking over the Big Screen at the Piazza in Wimbledon town centre to bring you a fun filled day of Mexican inspired films and award winning shorts for the whole family.

Our newest restaurant in Wimbledon opened it’s doors in April, bringing the freshest and most delicious Mexican street food to South West London, and with the Big Screen on our doorstep, we have put together a programme of films that we know you will just love.

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Here’s what’s on:

1pm  Nacho Libre – Jack Black’s brilliant comedy packed with laughs from start to finish follows Jack as a luchador on his fight to save the children from the most fearsome wrestler in town.

3pm Oaxaca Film Festival short films – Named as one of the top 25 film independent festivals in the world, Oaxaca city’s very own, has grown to be one of the largest international film festivals in Latin America. We will be showcasing a selection of short films especially for the day.

5pm Fun in Acapulco – Elvis Presley’s 1963 epic film shot in Acapulco – Mexico,  is the perfect movie for a summer’s evening with scenic vistas and Latin-beat tunes.

Wahaca Wimbledon is open from 12pm to 10:30pm ready for you to grab a quick bite between flicks. Entry to the film festival is free for everyone, but arrive early if you want to bag a deckchair.

See you down there.

Win a tequila tour of Mexico

Win a tequila tour of Mexico

Explore the world’s finest distilleries on the ultimate tequila lovers trip. With thanks to our pals at the award winning 100% agave Olmeca Altos tequila, we’re sending 2 Wahaca fans to Mexico on the ultimate tequila lovers tour.

On this 5 day trip, the winner and a friend will discover the true spirit of Mexico with guided visits and tastings at the home of some of the world’s finest tequila producers, taking in Jalisco’s highlands and Tequila town.

As well as a tour of Olmeca’s own distillery in Arandas and a tasting with their master distiller, the trip will take in a visit to the Museum of Tequila, and give an insight into different styles of tequila production with tours of the larger scale Sauza Distillery, and home of the artisanal Los Abuelos tequila. There’ll be a chance to quad bike around Olmeca’s agave fields and soak up the local atmosphere with a tour of street side cantinas and bars, exploring the origins of this magical elixir.

As well as Jalisco’s smaller (but no less sleepy) towns, the trip culminates with a taste of Guadalajara’s night life, heading to the Luche Libre wrestling before taking in a few local bars to try the finest local agave based produce. Surely the ultimate chance to turn any tequila lover into a real aficionado?

To enter, complete your details below and answer one simple question…



Nothing but 100% agave tequilas
A few 51% agave tequilas
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Terms and Conditions:
UK 18+ only.  Entry Dates:  18/6/14 – 18/7/14.  To Enter: Supply personal details above to enter the prize draw.  One entry per person.  Prize:  1 x 4-night trip for 2 to Mexico, including return flights from a London airport, Mexican transfers.  Prize includes:  2 nights in Guadalajara; visits to Tequila (town, local distillery, museum; 1 night), visit Arandas (Agave fields, distillery; 1 night), see full terms for full details.  All meals included, accommodation in min 3* hotel.  Trip must be taken within 1 year, guest must be 18+. Promoter: Pernod Ricard UK Limited, Hounslow, UK

Vamos Mexico! The World Cup comes to Wahaca

Mexican football fans, we salute you.

Ah, the glory of one’s team winning the greatest Cup, those are the dreams of every single Mexican. Especially after having a little taste of it at the London 2012 Olympics, where Mexico took on Brazil on the final match and unexpectedly took home gold.

Come to Wahaca on Mexico’s match days wearing the Mexican team football shirt and claim a FREE MARGARITA to sweeten your World Cup experience.

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Mexico’s match days are:

Friday 13th of June: Mexico vs Cameroon

Tuesday 17th of June: Mexico vs Brazil

Monday 23rd of June: Mexico vs Croatia

 

T&C’s: Free Classic Margarita to over 18′s wearing a Mexico Team football shirt only on the dates above at any Wahaca Restaurant. Simply quote the offer to your waiter when ordering.

 

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Shake it at the Wahaca Cocktail Masterclass

Do you adore our Margaritas, Palomas and Mojitos? well… we have designed a Wahaca Cocktail Masterclass just for you.

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In this 1 hour session, you will learn from our Wahaca bar-tending experts more about tequila, mezcal and the ingredients used for making the perfect Wahaca Cocktail. than you ever believed possible. You will be preparing, mixing, shaking and more importantly drinking your very own concoctions and going home with some pretty special insider tips.

Join us at one of the following sessions:
Wahaca Waterloo: 22nd of July 7pm

Masterclasses are £20 per person, to book email locals@wahaca.co.uk before the spaces are all taken.

 

Classes are for over 18′s only and spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

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The Floating Cinema comes to Stratford – Join us at the OPEN AIR WEEKENDER EAST

*** FLOATING CINEMA WEEKENDER  TICKETS ARE SOLD OUT ***

We’ve partnered with The Floating Cinema to bring canal-side Mexican film and feasting to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford on Thursday 12th and Friday 13th June. Grab yourself a FREE ticket quick before they run out, and join us from 8pm on Thursday or Friday (or both!) for some tacos and tequila before the film and some tortilla chips and guacamole to crunch on (not too loud) whilst you watch.

The Floating Cinema, designed by Duggan Morris Architects. Photo: Jack Hobhouse
The Floating Cinema, designed by Duggan Morris Architects. Photo: Jack Hobhouse

The Floating Cinema’s barge will be moored up, and in partnership with Ambulante will be projecting the finest Mexican cinema onto a backdrop of the Olympic Stadium for this opening weekend of their summer tour. More specifically they’ll be: Behind the ArcelorMittal Orbit, South Park, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 2ST.

On Thursday evening feast your eyes on Who is Dayani Crystal?, a collaboration between Mexican actor Gael García Bernal and UK filmmaker Marc Silver. It’s an inventive and moving rendition of a theme that continues to mark Mexico: The struggle of immigrants who face all kinds of adversities in their paths from Central America to the United States.

On Friday you can join us for Redes/The Wave (1936), a collaboration between Paul Strand, Emilio Gómez Muriel, and Fred Zinnemann. The film transports us to a fishing community near the port town of Veracruz, where adversity and corruption incite a collective struggle for justice. The film, made and set in post-revolutionary Mexico, captures the contradictions of its time: the desperate attempts to forge a vernacular national identity to attenuate the aftermath of a conflict which left a deeply divided and factious society.

Film still: Redes, 1936. Courtesy Filmoteca de la UNAM
Film still: Redes, 1936. Courtesy Filmoteca de la UNAM

Tickets for both events are FREE and but going fast. They’re available on a first come, first served basis. Booking is essential.

To hear more about where The Floating Cinema will be mooring up throughout the summer, head to floatingcinema.info.

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