It’s warm and the sun is shining (hope it lasts!), so it’s time to welcome some tasty summery dishes. Tommi’s new seafood coctel,brings the fresh zing of a sun-drenched, beach-side cantina to our street food specials menu for the early summer. We take MSC king scallops and shrimp and cure them in a light habanero-spiked tomato broth, topped with fresh Hass avocado, herbs and diced cucumber for a highly slurpable summertime hit that you won’t want to miss. We’ve checked.
There’s also a welcome return to a Wahaca summer salad favourite – Hibiscus glazed beetroot and whipped goats curd. To keep things exciting, we bury our creamy goat’s cheese beneath baby spinach, pink picked onions and fresh glazed beetroot, so dig in and mix it up.
As Mexico’s most life affirming celebration approaches, we’re offering you all a chance to raise a toast to loved ones and legends of the past with free tequila and tacos in all of our restaurants on the 1st and 2nd November. To grab yours, just head to www.wahaca.co.uk/raise-a-toast and sign up for a voucher to use at your closest Wahaca, then head to here to book yourself a table.
The last remaining tickets are selling quick for our huge Day of the Dead fiesta at The Vaults, under Waterloo Station on Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th November. A mind expanding mix of modern Mexico with the finest live bands, DJs, street food, provocative performance, Lucha Libre wrestling, Mexican street market and agave fuelled remembrance. Get all of the details and grab your tickets now.
Wahaca Soho & Latinos in London bring you
VIVA MEXICO! A Mexican Independence Day Fiesta to celebrate with all the honours on Thursday 15th of September from 7pm until midnight and FREE ENTRY!
On the decks music selected by Sonideroots Collective DJ’s playing the best latin tunes and global beats feat. Paola Feregrino DJ (Entre dos tierras Club London) + Carlitos Nino (ARRIBA LA CUMBIA / Latinos in London) playing the best Latin and Mexican beats.
Special guest Tequila Fest will be offering some tastings with Mexican agave ambassadors and answeting all your tequila and mezcal questions.
Dress in your best red, green or white, Bring your best Mexican costume, wave your mexican flag, wear your mariachi hat or your wrestler mask and poncho to have fun and ready for the photo album of this year and prepare yourself to be ready for El Grito (shout of independence) to get wild in our special night!
We’ve got something oh-so-special for anyone looking for a new tipple to sip this summer.
Now pouring at all our restaurants is a range of 4 mezcales (that’s tequila’s smoky cousin in case you missed it) served with a choice of premium Fever-Tree tonic waters, a pairing that’s ripping it’s way through New York’s finest bars, and that we’ve found to be the kickstarter to many a good night.
With its complex aromatics, mezcal, the most discerning of agave spirits, is the perfect accompaniment for these light and sparkling tonic waters (and is much less ruinous than its spiritual forerunner).
To check out our full drinks list, along with our newly spruced up tequila and mescal lists, head here.
Every 30th of April, Mexico celebrates it’s children all over the country, it’s “kids day” and they are treated to special events at school and parties with family and friends with plenty of chilli fruity treats and piñatas around.
It’s such a big day in Mexico, that we decided to throw a party too. Wahaca Brixton will be welcoming children and their parents and carers to the restaurant from 11am until 1pm on Saturday 30th of April for a range of workshops and Mexican fun and treats.
12:00- Feel, smell & taste Mexican ingredients – Karla from Mexican Food Memories & Mextrade will talk to the children about Mexican spices, chillies, fruits and vegetables, a brief history of Mexican cuisine, and their chance to smell, touch and taste a variety of ingredients used since ancient times.
12:30- Piñata bashing – We will be filling up a beautiful piñata with goodies and break it Mexican style, little ones only!
Every child attending will also receive an activity book courtesy of the Mexican Embassy in the UK and a “Free kids meal voucher” valid at any Wahaca and their opportunity to win Children’s Day prizes that include:
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.
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_
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.
On November the 7th, we are throwing a 12 hour party in London’s Tobacco Dock, celebrating the dead and the living, indulgence and debauchery, loud music, fine food and provocative debate, surrounded by beautiful art. You should come.
A celebration of Day of the Dead comes to life on a scale the UK has never seen before, with 2 main live music stages, plus an electronic Mextronica stage, all set in the vibrant setting of this most life affirming of festivities.
From melodic mashups of Mexico and the UK’s finest bands and DJs to a death café for discussing your own mortality over tea and cake, you’re going to want to get down here early to explore everything that’s going on.
Bands across the oceans The UK and Mexico’s finest rock, post-punk, cumbia and electro-indie bands coming together on our 2 main stages with The Horrors, Savages, Crystal Fighters, Zoe, Mexrrissey & Erick Rincon amongst many more.
Street food to die for Spend lunchtime grazing round our market street food stalls, offering favourites from the Wahaca and DF/Mexico kitchens and bars – Festivals don’t get much tastier.
Holy smoke Discover a hidden Mezcaloteca offering tastings and a chance to take home some of Oaxaca’s famous smoky elixir, that mysterious cousin to tequila, Mezcal.
Market styleOur underground Mexican market will be offering artisanal crafts for your perusal, bringing a taste of San Juan market from Mexico City to East London
Masked crusaders Yep. There’s going to be Lucha Libre – Masked wrestling, Mexican style. Not just a chance to watch, but for the adventurous, a chance to take part too.
Wapping INK La Roma & Depftord’s finest ink artists tattooing LIVE to preserve this day forever and ever.
Top grub If you were lucky enough to grab one of 120 tickets to attend Enrique Olvera (Whose Mexico City restaurant Pujol, is currently sitting at no. 16th in The World’s Best Restaurants) & Thomasina Miers’ supper club at the festival, expect the finest contemporary Mexican experience. If you’ve missed out on a seat at the chefs table, fear not. Enrique will be cooking up some of his signature tacos from his own taco stall throughout the evening.
Let it SHRINE Day of the Dead is all about remembrance, and setting up a shrine (ofrenda) to your dearest departed with food, flowers, personal possessions and candles is common in Mexico, and at the festival, expect to find 2 stunning ofrendas by artist Betsabe Romero and the Mexican London community remembering those who have died fighting for free speech.
Provocative talksIn between the music and margaritas, join English PEN to get a real insight into Mexico’s cultural and literary scene with speakers like Diego Luna, DBC Pierre and Thomasina Miers in conversation with Enrique Olvera.
Find your spiritual home at La Casa Loca From silly dancing to Elvis Corpsely to Musical Bingo and thumb wrestling to taco battles, this will be the room to let yourself go into the uknown.
At the heart of Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival is a lofty ambition, fuelled by an awareness of a perceived defect in much of UK society. It’s their belief that here, we live in an age that is repulsed by death, we fear the pain of remembrance and clad it in stiff ceremony and we don’t create enough opportunities to honour those who came before us.
We are becoming more and more obsessed with the future and detached from our past. Meanwhile in Latin American, and specifically, Mexican culture, death is celebrated as an occasion to remember and honour friends and family who have gone before us. Wahaca’s Day of the Dead festival is a chance to bring some of that vibrant celebration to life on the biggest scale the UK has ever seen. We’ll raise a glass to that.
Feeling miserable after Morrissey announced this week the London shows would be his last? Don’t dispair… Mexrrissey is coming to town.
After last spring’s sold-out UK tour of one of the most talked super-groups of the year, Mexrrissey: who are essentially a bunch of talented & famous Mexican rock musicians, they were on our list of must-gets for our Day of the Dead Festival. A festival that celebrates the best cutting edge Mexican and British talent.
Expect mariachi and banda versions of classics from the Manchester legends, and quirky re-arrangements of songs like Ask and Heaven knows I’m Mexican now…
Mexrrissey will be one of many Mexican acts appearing at Wahaca;s Day of the Dead Festival alongside The Horrors, Crystal Fighters and Savages,
Every 15th of September Mexico takes on to the streets to party and celebrate independence with street food and tequila, do we need to say more?
ART: Shaped in Mexico, 4th to 12th of September. Bargehouse, Oxo Tower, London FREE
Returning to London for its second edition, presents a contemporary art exhibition that brings together over 150 works by 32 international artists working across painting, drawing, video, photography, performance, sculpture, and installation in an exploration into contemporary art from, and influenced by, Mexico.
The first Wahaca in the North of England opens in Manchester on the 10th of September and our cheeky little brother DF/Mexico hits Noho in London on 17th of September with the tastiest NYC tortas, tacos and boards in town.,
Raindance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in Europe, once again presents outstanding Mexican cinema this year with 7 feature films and 3 shorts. Another Mexican highlight is the masterclass by acclaimed Mexican screenwriter (21 grams, Amores Perros, Babel) Guillermo Arriaga. Wahaca is a proud partner of Raindance.