Taco Tuesday is here

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Taco Tuesday is here

Let’s face it, Tuesdays need help. And the good news is, we’ve got the fix, as Taco Tuesdays come to Wahaca this January.

We all know Mondays get a bad rap, but they have that manic-post-weekend-5-days-to-go excuse. Wednesday’s hump day, you’re half way through and you’re on the home-straight. Tuesdays are a long way from fun and after some in-depth research, (apart from pancakes 1 day a year) we’ve found they’re virtually glee-free. Until now.

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Taco Tuesdays means your first plate of tacos is just £1 at all of our restaurants, all day, for everyone on your table.

It’s the fix you need to give your week an early taste-lift, and finally give Tuesdays something to smile about.

Catch you Tuesday*

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*Your first plate of our 3 traditional street food tacos is £1 when you order at least one other dish from the street food or bigger food menu. Offer doesn’t apply to Baja tacos or Specials. One £1 plate per person. Not available to takeaway. Available on Tuesdays in January 2017.

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The Spoon Amnesty returns to Wahaca this January

Heard about our #SpoonAmnesty? No? Let us explain…

Each year thousands of our chunky colourful dessert spoons mysteriously disappear from our restaurants, that is why we decided to give you the opportunity to seek redemption, by bringing them back in January.

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In return, we offer a FREE*, yes free plate of tacos, Pork Pibil, Chicken tinga, Plantain or steak? Grab a plate when bringing a spoon back anytime in January.

*1 plate of tacos per table, excludes specials, Baja tacos and market treats.

 

 

Free Tacos and Tequila this Day of the Dead

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.

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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.

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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Join us for Mezcal & Tacos at Wahaca Brixton

Ever wondered what the drink of the gods Mezcal is? Have you had any tequila recently that blew your mind? Let us take you on a Mezcal discovery at Wahaca Brixton on the 9th of August.

Start the evening with Agave expert of Amathus: Jon Anders, who will explain the history of mezcal, get you to understand the difference between it and tequila and give you a taste of 3 incredible artisanal mezcales such as Pierde Almas, Puritita Verda, Del Maguey Vida and a special surprise, as well of Calle 23 blanco tequila.

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If that is not all, Wahaca Brixton’s General Manager from no less than Mexico, Ana Gomez , will get you a plate of our signature tacos to sample and give talk you through where the recipes come from, and why Mexico has a tradition of tacos and how they change from region to region.

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Wahaca Brixton
9th of August 6-7:30pm, £10 per person includes 4 tequila and mezcal samples, tacos and nibbles.
Limited spaces availableTo book just email brixton@wahaca.co.uk

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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.

 

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Día del Niño comes to Wahaca Brixton

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.

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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.

Wahaca Brixton, Saturday 30th April 11am-1pm FREE

11:00- Workshops open for children to make:

  • Make piñatas & picture frames with recycled materials with Mexican artist Katrina from Katapixia arts and recycling
  • Mexican Huichol bracelet workshop with Mexican artist Viridiana from The Bumblebead.
  • Wahaca Mexican wrestling masks
  • Face painting

11:00- Mexican clown brought to you by Battersea Spanish

12:00- Feel, smell & taste Mexican ingredients – Karla from Mexican Food MemoriesMextrade 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:

  • 10 books from Flying Eye Books
  • To promote reading in Spanish, the Mexican Embassy donated 5 beautiful editions of children’s books.
  • A hamper of Mexican ingredients from Mextrade
  • A piñata from Katapixia Arts and Recycling
  • A Huichol bracelet from The Bumblebead

For more information about the event please email locals@wahaca.co.uk

Wahaca Cardiff presents: What is mezcal? A Masterclass in Tequila’s divine cousin

On the 19th of April and as part of Cardiff Cocktail Week, our stunning Rojito Bar, which serves the best Mexican inspired cocktails in town on the top floor of our Cardiff restaurant, will host a very special masterclass with agave expert Jon Anders.

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You’ll learn first hand the history of Mezcal, how it differs from it’s cousin tequila, and why it’s lately become the sophisticated drink of choice for people like Mick Jagger, who at The Rolling Stones’ recent Mexico shows stated: ‘we used to drink tequila, now we drink mezcal’.

At this ticketed event, you’ll get to sample mezcales from different regions of Mexico and learn more about their artisan production and the traditions of making this incredible spirit in Mexican communities.

A once in a lifetime chance to learn about the drink of the Mexican gods.

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Fancy coming along? We are giving 15 people the chance to join us, have a welcome drink and taste a selection of Mezcales courtesy of Amathus Drinks.

To win a pair of tickets, simply drop us an email to locals@wahaca.co.uk to register. It’s first come, first served!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

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

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.

Get your tickets before it’s too late.

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WHAT YOU’LL FIND AT TOBACCO DOCK

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.

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Voodoo Love Orchestra

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.

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DF/Mexico NY style tortas

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.

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Tequila & Mezcal served at Wahaca

Market style Our underground Mexican market will be offering artisanal crafts for your perusal, bringing a taste of San Juan market from Mexico City to East London

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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.

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Wapping INK La Roma & Depftord’s finest ink artists tattooing LIVE to preserve this day forever and ever.

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NeoAzteca

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.

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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.

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Ofrenda to Periodistas de a Pie

A feast for the eyes There’s going to be art too with the Saatchi Gallery’s exhibition “Dead: A celebration of mortality” showcasing work which comments on the inescapable subjects of death, decay and mortality; alongside live street art from of Mexican political muralists Lapiztola who will bring their own comment on death and life to the festival.

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Lapiztola mural in Oaxaca City

Provocative talks In 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.

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Diego Luna

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.

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Support free speech 10% from the sale of all food and drink at the festival, will be donated to Periodistas de a Pie, a charity helping Mexican journalists in danger fighting for freedom of speech. The more you eat, the more you’re helping this incredible cause.

 

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.

Click here for tickets.