Why you don’t want to miss our Day of the Dead Festival

On November the 2nd, 3rd and 4th, we are throwing  an incredible festival at The Vaults celebrating the dead and the living, indulgence and debauchery, loud music, fine food and immersive madness, surrounded by beautiful art. You should come.

Our celebration of Day of the Dead comes to life in the incredible labyrinth of underground tunnels below Waterloo, with a main live music stage, a Mayan jungle and more, 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 hand-picked by Movimientos, to a Cantina belonging to the one and only Weeping Lady, you’re going to want to get down here early to explore everything that’s going on.
Get your tickets before it’s too late.

 


WHAT YOU’LL FIND AT THE VAULTS

Deadly good bands & Dj’s to shake your bones to: From Mexican-amazonic cumbia maestros Sonido Gallo Negro to the deep funky sounds of Family Atlantica to brass-sensations The Voodoo Love Orchestra, as well as mind-blowing DJ’s from our friends Movimientos will keep you on your toes all night long.

Grab a bite in our street-food market. Tuck into delicious tacos from the Wahaca taco-van, lick your fingers having nachos from our little brother DF/Mexico and bite into an awesome burger from no less than Patty & Bun or a hotdog from street-food champs Bubbledogs. Open from 6pm Thursday & Friday and from 11am Saturday, Festivals don’t get much tastier.

 

Sip don’t shoot! Sip delicious Olmeca Altos tequila at our Weeping Lady Bar, while she sings and tells tales of her loss. Or try one of our mezcales at the Mezcal Cinema, where Mexican short films from the Guadalajara Film Festival & mezcal meet.

Immersive yourself: Join the brass-thumping central procession into a recreation of Oaxaca’s Panteon General Cemetery to pay respect to the lost souls you are remembering, expect poetry and troubadours with a majestic ofrenda backdrop. Discover the Mayan Dia de Muertos, Hanal Pixan, in a fluorescent jungle, where you’ll be able to experience rituals with the mayans themselves. Enter the Resurrection Room & explore the emotional imprints left behind  in our lives by loved ones when they’ve gone. You’ll get the chance to celebrate and mourn those you’ve loved and lost, and reflect on how do their memories live on.

Top Grub: If you were lucky enough to grab one of the 50 tickets to attend Thomasina Miers‘ Banquet at Hourse of Vans, expect the finest contemporary Mexican experience. The supper club is now SOLD OUT, but don’t miss out on our incredible selection of Street Food on Leake Street.

A feast for the eyes: Street artist Marc Craig will take over the main space and transform it into instragramable heaven! #NoFilter

Dress up! Dress as the person who’s life you’re celebrating or dust off your Mexican inspired outfit and hunt out one of our face-painting stations courtesy of the Mexican Embassy & Visit Mexico.

Bring the kids! Don’t forget we have a family day on Saturday 4th, so no-one misses out. Bring the little ones to discover the true spirit of Day of the Dead through storytelling & performance, join in the hands-on workshops, get dancing with Big Fish Little Fish on the main stage, and follow the Voodoo Love Orchestra‘s procession to the grand finale with a screening of Book Of Life. 

All for a good cause: All of Wahaca’s profits from the event will go to support families who have been affected by the recent earthquakes in Mexico, through donations to Ednica and other charities in the area.

At the heart of Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival is a lofty ambition. We aim to bring Mexico’s most vibrant celebration to life on the biggest scale the UK has ever seen. We’ll raise a glass to that.

Click here for tickets.

This 15 de septiembre: tequila!

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!

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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!

Venue: Azulito Bar, Soho
Wahaca, 80 Wardour St, W1F 0TF London, United Kingdom

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Introducing the Mezcal and Tonic

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).

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To check out our full drinks list, along with our newly spruced up tequila and mescal lists, head here.

 

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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Come and salsa with us at Wahaca Brixton’s birthday fiesta

Our funky Brixton restaurant is UNO this Friday, one year old that’s right… So put on your dancing shoes, and join us this Friday 16th of October.

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Come grab some food and stay to enjoy DJ Marcello aka Salsa Fresca, who from 8pm until 2am, will be keeping the party going with the best Latin and party tunes this side of the river. #WahacaMusic

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Mexrrissey: Mexico goes Morrissey, comes to Wahaca’s Day of the Dead Festival

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.

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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…

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Mexrrissey will be one of many Mexican acts appearing at Wahaca;s Day of the Dead Festival alongside The Horrors, Crystal Fighters and Savages,

Buy your tickets here,  How soon is now? #WahacaDOTD

Wahaca’s top picks: September

How did it change from a hot summer to sharp autumn? Don’t worry… we have some fab suggestions to keep the Mexican heat going this September:

 

PARTY: Mexican Independence Day FIesta, 15th of September 7-11pm, Wahaca Soho’s Azuluito Bar. FREE

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?

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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.

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Photo: Roger Alarcon Photography

 

FOOD: Wahaca Manchester and DF/Mexico Tottenham Court Road open

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.,

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TEQUILA & MEZCAL: Tequila & Mezcal Fest 2015, 19th and 20th of September, Spitafields Market, London. £15

Love Tequila? here is your chance to learn and try tequilas from across Mexico, talk to producers, take a masterclass and grab a bite of Mexican food.

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FILM: Raindance Film Festival, 23rd September- 4th of October. London

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.

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Wahaca’s hot picks this August

Ah, summer… we hope you’ve been enjoying our summer specials including our lush Coctel de Camaron being served right now at your nearest Wahaca including our brand new baby Wahaca Bristol.

Here are some tips on how to 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 18th of Aug

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3- ART: Drawings from Feral: 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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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 Brixton on Tuesday 18th 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.