Wahaca’s hot picks this August

Summer is here, we hope you have been enjoying our summer specials such as our lush Coctel de Camaron being served right now at your nearest Wahaca including our brand new baby Wahaca Bristol.

Keep busy this August with our Top 5 Mexi-things to do:

1- EXHIBITION: Cholombianos at Rich Mix- A photographic journey through Monterrey’s fascinating sub-culture, full of contrasts and tradition combining converse, religious images and outrageous hairstyles. 7-29th of August, Rich Mix London.

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2- WORKSHOP: Tech and Tacos at Wahaca Brixton – How would you like to make your very own thirsty plant kit for your chilli plants with Technology Will Save Us at Wahaca Brixton over some yummy tacos and margaritas?  Tuesday 11th of Aug

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3- ART: Drawing from Ferral: A group of Mexican artists: Christian Castañeda, Mariana Magdaleno, Benjamín Sagols, Roberto Flore and Jorge Rosano Gamboa, run a space dedicated to contemporary drawing practice in México City exploring the concepts of religion and faith, reinterpreting their duality and nature through the act of drawing. 8 August- 5 Sept Chalton Gallery.

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4- OUTDOORS: Kew Garden’s Full os Spice- This summer, Kew will be Full of Spice as it explores the botanical origins of these mystical goods. Until 6th of September, Kew Gardens.

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5- EAT: Visit Wahaca Soho’s new Taco Bar- In collaboration with Sensacional, the people behind the Tacopedia book soon to be released by Phaidon, the new Taco Bar serves Ribeye & cheese tacos with fresh Riverford tomatillo salsa and the B.L.A.T.: Free range smoked bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato in a toasted blue corn tortilla made for you by the chef as you wait, just like you would in a Mexican taqueria. Wahaca Soho 12-11pm

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Street Art at Wahaca Bristol

When we found the space for our Bristol restaurant at the top of Queen’s Road in Clifton, our imagination was immediately sparked by the size and depth of the interior and the chance to bring a huge mural to the heart of this Street Art loving city.

The artist that we chose for this project, Will Barras, was one of the original pioneers of Bristol’s urban art scene and one of the artists who was celebrated at the Crimes of Passion: Street Art exhibition held at the nearby Royal West of England Academy. His own loose style of drawing has become influential worldwide thanks to exposure in books such as Scrawl and later on the cover of Street Sketchbook. As a member of the “Scrawl Collective” his work takes him on worldwide tours creating murals seen by millions.

In this film, we asked street artist Will Barras about the mural he’s created in our Bristol restaurant and how the city inspired his work.

For more films on what we’re up to at Wahaca, head over and subscribe to our WahacaTV YouTube channel

Thanks to the guys at Upsides Media. Visit www.upsidesmedia.co.uk for more of their work.

Tech and Tacos, a match made in heaven

We’ve partnered up with Technology Will Save us to host a workshop that goes hand in hand with our chilli-growing, all of this with added tacos and drinks at Wahaca Brixto on Tuesday 11th of August.

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We’ll be making DIY Thirsty Plant kits and plugging them into Wahaca chilli plants to make sure they’re well watered. All attendees will get to leave with their completed working Thirsty Plant Kit and a pack of Wahaca Chilli plant seeds to bring some Mexican spice into their own kitchens!

All of the making will be lead by one of our Tech Will Save Us experts!

12 places are available and we’re expecting they’ll go quick!

The £20 ticket price includes the Thirsty Plant Workshop, Three Tacos and a Margarita*.

*Participants must be over 18, please lets us know if you have any dietary requirements in advance,

Click here to book your place or email anna@wahaca.co.uk for more info.

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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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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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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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.