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.

It’s chilli growing time!

Oh yes! Warmer sunnier days are here and with that comes the perfect season to get sowing with no less than Wahaca’s chilli seeds, ready to grow serranos. So come and get them now!

The week of  Tuesday 10th of May, we celebrated #GuerillaChilliGrowing week and for that very reason, we have limited edition biodegradable chilli growing kits ready for you to pick up at your nearest Wahaca.

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The kit includes a pot, compost, seeds and a special planter with everything you need to know to become a chilli growing pro and bag yourself a FREE £10 of tasty Wahaca once your plant reaches 6cm.

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For expert tips head to:

Planting your seeds

Repotting your plants

Pollinating your chillies

Looking after your chillies

Spoon Cartoon 2016, a year of “spoon monsters”

This year, we asked you to draw us monsters on our Spoon Cartoon postcards, we received over 250 entries on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, all of which you can find here, Incredible talent from little ones and grown ups.

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To celebrate the Year of The Taco, we are giving away FREE tacos for a whole year to our fave Spoon Cartoon. It was so hard to choose but we loved Tom Showler’s monster:

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Runner up prizes went to some of our younger entrants:

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Thank you to everyone who took part, you will remain in our hall of fame forever!

 

Join our Spoon Hunt and get free tacos

Join our Spoon Hunt and get free tacos

This Saturday, 23rd of January. Our teams are taking to the streets of Cardiff and Liverpool to leave some of our beautiful spoons around the St. David’s Centre and Liverpool One areas for very lucky passers by to find, we call it a “Spoon Hunt” to celebrate our Spoon Amnesty.

Find a spoon, take it, bring it to Wahaca Cardiff & Wahaca Liverpool, and exchange before 31st of January for a FREE plate of our new #YearOfTheTaco specials: Pig cheek carnitas tacos: slow-cooked, meltingly soft confit of pork, with citrus & herbs, Mexico City style & the Achiote cod tacos:MSC cod marinated in achiote and pineapple, served with pineapple and red onion relish and a bright avocado-tomatillo salsa, if you are veggie, you can opt for our incredible rajas or plantain tacos.

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Share your #WahacaDOTD moments

As our stages, props, food stalls and bars go up for our Day of the Dead Festival at Tobacco Dock, London. And all Wahaca restaurants get ready for a special day & night this Saturday (yes… with free tequila for everyone!) and YOU our very important guest think about your costumes and get ready to party… we want to tell you about our hashtag.

Visiting Wahaca or coming to the festival? whatever you do, use #WahacaDOTD when sharing photos on twitter & instagram not just to join the Wahaca Hall of Fame, but also:

At Tobacco Dock for Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival, look out for our Instaprint booth that will be printing your festival photos Speedy Gonzalez style (fast), as long as you hashtag them of course.

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And that’s not all, we have teamed up with Three Mobile to give away a Samsung Galaxy S6’s 20MP camera phone, you can be sure to capture and share the flavour of every #foodie moment wherever you are without having to lug a heavy camera around with you. And with Three rated the UK’s most reliable network by YouGov, you’ll never be short of signal to upload photos. Be sure to follow the festival’s official instagrammers: @makenewtracks @linesofescape @imbeingerica @CultureWhisper @donotrefreeze @eatcookexplore_

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To be in with a chance of winning your very own Samsung Galaxy S6 and dinner for two at Wahaca, simply share your favourite @Wahaca Day Of The Dead moments on Instagram and Twitter with the hashtags #WahacaDOTD and #ThreeAtDOTD and cross your fingers!

Terms & conditions. To qualify for the winning prize, you must confirm that you are over 18 years of age and a UK resident.The competition closes midnight 15th of November. The winner will be chosen by representatives of Wahaca and Three.* prize will be Samsung Galaxy S6 32GB white, a Three prepaid SIM with £10 pre-loaded credit, and a £50 Wahaca voucher, redeemable at any UK Wahaca restaurant.

 

 

 

 

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Wahaca’s Day of the Dead “icon” competition

In Mexican tradition – the Day of the Dead holiday celebrates all life, both past and present. To celebrate our Day of the Dead Festival on 7th November at London’s Tobacco Dock, today we launch our #WahacaDOTD Icon competition with Frida Kahlo – an icon who deserves to be celebrated in death.

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To be in with a chance of winning a VIP Day of the Dead Festival Experience and £250 worth of Wahaca vouchers, post a picture of your #WahacaDOTD icon tagging in Wahaca to win on INSTAGRAM or TWITTER

A lucky winner will be chosen by Thomasina Miers at midnight on Wednesday 4th of November, and you can enter a different icon, as many times as you wish. Prize does not include travel to the festival.

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.

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Win a Golden Ticket for Four Mexican shows at La Linea – The London Latin Music Festival

Are you ready for Mexico’s finest musicians and DJ’s taking over London next week as part of La Linea, London’s Latin Music Festival? Alongside Grammy winners Jorge Drexler and hip-hop Chilean sensation Ana Tijoux, there are some huge shows coming up.

Thursday 23rd of April: Morgan Szymanski  & Alejandro Escuer at the Purcell Room, Southbank Centre. A fine evening of contemporary music showcasing masterpieces of British and Mexican composers.

Friday 24th of April: Mextronica: Featuring Compass (Mexican Institute of Sound & Toy Selectah), Chico Sonido, Santos DJ, Lao at Village Underground. An all-nighter of Mexico’s thriving and exciting electronic music scene with super star DJ’s and Compass live.

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Saturday 25th of April: Mexrrissey, Mexico goes Morrissey at the Barbican. The music of Morrissey and the Smiths gets a Mexican twist before embarking on a UK and US tour spreading the #mexmoz love.

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Sunday 26th of April: Mexacoustico at Rich Mix. An intimate evening with some of Mexico’s young leading musicians and songwriters playing from their own songbooks.

 

Would you like to be in a chance of winning a pair of tickets to each show? Just tweet us your favourite Latin tune tagging @wahaca and @lalineafest with the hashtag #wahacamusic and we will pick a winner at random on at midday on Tuesday 21st of April.

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Spoon shaped Soup-erheros to the rescue

Our Mexican Spoon Amnesty is in full swing this January, offering free tacos and forgiveness to anyone who returns one of the 4,000 spoons that have gone missing from our restaurants in the last year. Thanks to everyone who has done the right thing and returned our ladles to their loved ones. We hope you’re enjoying the clear conscience and have had a stern word with yourself. Good on you.

Of course we know there are a whole host of you who are honest to the core and have never been even a little bit tempted to steal our cutlery.  YOU GUYS ARE AWESOME. And over the last 2 weeks we can see you’ve been putting your law-abiding creativity to good work, creating illustrated Soup-erheros as part of our #SpoonCartoon competition. Together they’re creating an army of spoon shaped warriors all ready to join the fight against cutlery crime.

Here’s a line-up of some of our favourite #SpoonCartoons from over the past 2 weeks and click the link to see more incredible entries on twitter.

Check out how awesomely talented our Cutlery Crime fighting customers are
Check out how awesomely talented our Cutlery Crime fighting customers are

And our pick of the spoons for now is this piece of illustrative genius from Lucy, (Aged 3, plus 20).  With Spidey on our sides, surely we can’t lose this fight. Definitely worth a meal for four. We’ll be in touch.

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To join in the fun, and be in with a chance to win a meal for 4, drop into Wahaca (Ahhem…. This might be a great opportunity to also bring that spoon of ours back), grab some pencils and get sketching on our #SpoonCartoon postcards. We’ll be picking more favourites and more winners soon.

Together we’ll fight this terrible epidemic. One spoon at a time.

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Our Annual spoon amnesty returns this January

It’s a tragic fact that every year more than 4,000 of our spoons go missing from our restaurants. Sure, they’re irresistibly bright and some say ergonomically perfect. True, there’s no finer ladle for your last mouthful, but please, PLEASE can we have them back?

Look just like the one you borrowed from us? It's time to come clean. Our forgiveness is unlimited.
Look just like the one in your cutlery drawer? It’s time to come clean.         Fear not, Our forgiveness is unlimited.

We remain convinced that the good customers of Wahaca wouldn’t pocket anything underhandedly, and reassure ourselves at every stock-count, that most of our spoons are simply being borrowed. Which is why we’re giving you another chance to seek absolution, by joining the Mexican Spoon Amnesty this January.

To do your bit, just return our spoons to your waiter at the beginning of your meal and we’ll reward you handsomely. Not just with a sense of forgiveness and gratitude in equal measure but with a free plate of tacos.

For those saints amongst you, (content with our gift of free chilli seeds), who’ve resisted the chance to take an extra bit of Wahaca home with you, good on you. Now’s not the time to turn to crime. Watch out for other spoon shaped ways you and your honesty can be rewarded when you drop into Wahaca in January.

So start your year with a clear conscience, gather those spoons together and we’ll see you for tacos and absolution soon.