In a few days time (with not even the slightest smugness) an elite Wahaca team are heading on our regular fact finding mission to Mexico. We’ll be eating in as many market stalls, cantinas and restaurants as we can find, searching out the tastiest bites, top drinks and even more inspiration from The Motherland.
This time we’re taking on Guadalajara and heading to Tequila to visit the agave fields and distillery of our friends at Altos Tequila to understand exactly what goes into their 100% agave spirit (nothing but agave and love apparently). We’ll also be revisiting Mexico DF which will include stopping in to visit Ednica, the charity that we support through sales of our Street Food Specials. We’ll be hearing about their work helping to feed and educate the children working on the streets of Mexico City and have been set a challenge to cook them a British lunch, so wish us luck!
We’re always keen to try out new places, so if you have any suggestions of not to be missed bites and highlights, bars and karaoke dives, we’d love to know. Just post a comment below.
=== JOIN US FOR 2014’s DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATIONS IN BRIXTON ====
Lots of you will know we’ve been celebrating Day of the Dead in our restaurants since we opened. We love this amazingly emotive and visual festival celebrating the lives of relatives and friends who are no longer around and thought that it was right to make the party bigger. Much, much bigger. So we’re putting on a 4 day festival from 31st October – 3rd November. Together with our friends at The Old Vic Tunnels and with support from The Embassy of Mexico in the UK and Nomad, we’re taking over a maze of railway vaults hidden underneath Waterloo Station and creating a celebration of music, food and art. This year’s Wilderness Festival headliners, Rodrigo y Gabriella will be kicking off their European tour with these 4 nights, blasting out some phenomenal new tracks alongside work by a host of acclaimed artists from Gabriella Iturbide, to Le Gun and Hew Locke. There’s going to be a live score composed by the Cabinet of Living Cinema to run alongside Alejandro Jodorowsky’s classic film Santa Sangre, just waiting to be discovered too.
There will be food on offer from a specially constructed Wahaca Street Kitchen serving up mouth-watering pork pibil and seasonal veg tacos and there will be drink courtesy of award-winning tequila Olmeca Altos, all fuelling what promises to be a series of unforgettable nights. Exploring the tunnels further you’ll find other stages playing host to more music and performance including a set from London based bands ‘Vado in Messico’ and ‘Keston Cobblers Club’ and a show from visual artists Frida Alvinzi and Raisa Veikkola’s ‘Theatre of Dolls’, an other-worldly visual experience using 4-dimensional art pieces, puppets as storytellers and their own bodies as sculptural landscapes. You might also stumble across a new collection of Nancy Fouts’ three-dimensional works that she’s created especially for the Day of the Dead Festival that poke fun at the contemporary western concept of death. Communion DJs will be adding to the soundtrack of the night. You can buy tickets now from oldvictunnels.com or by calling the box office on 0844 871 7628. Tickets include wahaca food from our festival’s temporary street kitchen as well as entry to the funtimes which run from 7pm – 1am each night. All profits from the event will be going to charity. Saturday daytime entrance at £5 (2pm – 6pm) offers an opportunity to view the exciting visual artists on show and enjoy screenings of the Alejandro Jodorowsky classic film Santa Sangre with The Cabinet of Living Cinema performing a matinee live score. We’ll look forward to seeing you down there.