Viva La Comida!

Saturday, September 20, 2014
1pm – 8pm

82nd Street & Roosevelt Avenue, Queens

  • “Viva La Comida! puts the spotlight on the ethnic food of the city’s most diverse borough – Queens”

    Bao Ong, Diners Journal, New York Times
  • “A culinary and entertainment extravaganza!”

    Alexa Altman, Queens Courier
  • “A celebration of amazing food, beautiful culture, and Jackson Heights, a wonderful, vibrant community in Queens.”

    Meg Cotner, Brownstoner Queens

Viva la Comida!

Viva la Comida! is a festival highlighting the culture of New York City and Queens, combining food with music, art, dancing, entertainment and more on a street known for its outpouring of vibrancy.

With food trucks hand-selected by Queens Ambassador Jeff Orlick, an art exhibition, an open market atmosphere, and dancing amid live music from a collection of latin, jazz, and roots bands, this is a pure celebration of what makes 82nd Street the heart of the city.

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Why Viva la Comida?

The 82nd Street Partnership started this food and music festival to promote 82nd Street’s small businesses and to foster local entrepreneurship. Our goal is to highlight the neighborhood’s cultural diversity through food, music, dance, and art. Viva la Comida! is a celebration of the Jackson Heights neighborhood and is becoming one of Queen’s most anticipated annual events.

82nd Street Market

Viva la Comida! participating businesses on 82nd Street


  • Las Americas Bakery

  • La Delicia en Pandebono

  • La Gata Golosa Bakery

  • J & C Pastry Bakery

  • Sabor Ecuatoriano Bakery

  • Kung Fu Tea

  • Yogurberry

  • Sagitario Bakery

  • Delicias Colombianas


    • Casa Rivera

    • Chicken Fest

    • Golden City Chifa Restaurant

    • Limoncello Italian Restaurant

    • M to N Buffet

    • Taqueria Coatzingo

    • Tulcingo

    • Quick Deli & Grill


      • New York Language Center

      • New United Mobile

      • Salina’s Brokerage

      • The Sewing Outlet


      • Mango Rico

      • 82 Market

      • JC Delicatessen & Market

Food Trucks

Street Food Legends and Future Heroes of New York City attending:

The Arepa Lady – Recently opened a restaurant at 77-02AA Roosevelt Ave (entrance on 77th St). along with the original cart (Roosevelt / 79th Street, Jackson Heights; weekend nights)

Mysttik Masaala - Next level Indian/Nepalese, in dedication of owner’s son’s dream (54th St / Park Ave, Manhattan; weekdays)

D’Angelo’s Sausage & Peppers - Legends of Italian sausage (Woodhaven Blvd / 67th Ave, Queens)

Mama’s Food – Korean/Chinese cart, representing the best of Flushing (39th ave / Main St)

Potala Fresh Momo – Tibetan momos from Jackson Heights (Broadway / 37th Rd)

Espumilla! Espumilla! – Ecuadorian dessert cart (Roosevelt Ave / Junction Blvd)

Picaditas Ecuatorianos – Ecuadorian street food cart (Roosevelt Ave / Junction Blvd)

And drinks from Bruce Cost Ginger Ale straight off the truck!


Live Music

DJ Funkenstein

Willy Gonzalez, “Dj Funkenstein” a sound craftsman and the soul of the party, brings the most danceable rhythms of the world to 82nd Street. After multiple appearances at Bembe in Brooklyn, The Colombian Film Festival, The Havana Film Festival in New York and Nublu in the Lower East Side, he comes to Queens to get groovy, hot and tropical! Willy likes to ride on a wave of wide genres, taking his listeners to a variety of cultures and places. Viva la Comida y que suene la musica!

Jay Rodriguez Trio

Jay Rodriguez is an  essential improviser and his music is a profound delivery of emotions and experience. His jazz trio can get groovy, bluesy or it could even jump to the most frenetic sounds of Colombia and Latin America. He brings a fine line of performers, who share a universal vision of music.

Chia Dance Party

CHIA Dance Party delivers a unique musical experience where infectious danceable grooves mix harmoniously with extensive compositional and improvisational work.

Gerardo Contino y sus Habaneros

Gritty, witty and streetwise, the Havana-born Gerardo Contino, “El Abogado de la Salsa,” sings timba—a progressive, raucous style of salsa. This former lead singer of the Cuban mega-group NG La Banda is a party onstage; he loves to improvise, to pull the audience into call & response, and to provoke fans into hip-shaking abandon.

Nova Safra Bateria

Rhythms from Rio de Janeiro land on Queens to form a festive reunion of drums and Brazilian percussion. Nova Safra Bateria is a celebration of reminiscences from the Carnival and an interactive fun show.

Family Fun

Secret Illusions, a unique magic show experience by Master Magician Angelo Bermeo

Kids arts & crafts, balloon animals & more

Art installation & live demo by local artist Adrian Bermeo

Salsa Steps with Lily Urzua

Dance Performance & Competition

ArtCommons Truck

Chiva Party Bus


Press reported the festival's best food and activities from 2012 to 2014

Festival Highlights the cuisine of Jackson Heights
Queens Ledger, September 25, 2014

Queens Partnership Promotes Its Diverse Neighborhood
NewsDoc Voices, September 25, 2014

Here’s What the Future of Food in Queens Looks Like
Village Voice “Fork in the Road” Blog, September 24, 2014

Viva la Comida Returns to Jackson Heights for Third Year
Times Ledger, September 19, 2014

Viva la Comida- International Street Fair- Returns this Weekend
BoroMag, September 17, 2014

Viva la Comida 2014
Remezcla, September 16, 2014

Viva la Comida 2014- The Food!
I Want More Food, September 16, 2014

Annual Viva la Comida to Highlight Local Flavor in Jackson Heights
Queens Courier, September 12, 2014

Taste Queens’ Best Food Carts and Dance on Party Bus at Annual Festival
DNAinfo New York, September 9, 2014

 Viva la Comida rolls to Jackson Heights
Queens Chronicle, September 26, 2013

Viva La Comida brings food and fun to Jackson Heights
Queens Courier, September 25, 2013

Viva La Comida 2013
Eat to Blog, September 23, 2013

Tacos, Tortas, Tamales, and More at Viva La Comida 2013
Serious Eats, September 23, 2013

Viva La Comida 2013 – Fabulous Food All Around
Harmonious Belly, September 20, 2013


Viva La Comida!: fun crowd in Jackson Hghts
Queens Chronicle, September 27, 2012

Shops Say Festival Helped Business
Queens Chronicle, September 27, 2012

82nd Street Partnership Hosts Festival At Dunningham Triangle
Queens Buzz, September 24, 2012

Viva La Comida Draws thousands to Jackson Heights
Queens Courier, September 24, 2012

Viva La Comida Festival Celebrates Jackson Heights, Elmhurst Culture
DNAinfo New York, September 24, 2012

Viva La Comida! A Food and Music Festival
Eat To Blog, September 24, 2012

Scenes from Viva la Comida!
Serious Eats, September 24, 2012

Scenes from Elmhurst’s Viva La Comida
Edible Queens, September 23, 2012

We Had Fun At Viva La Comida
QNYC, September 22, 2012

Cultural Festival Coming to Newly-Renovated Dunningham Triangle
DNAinfo New York, September 17, 2012

Cleaned up triangle gears up for festival
Queens Chronicle, September 13, 2012

Check Out Viva La Comida!, the Latin American Food and Culture Festival Coming September 21st
Serious Eats, September 10, 2012


82nd Street Partnership

(718) 335-9421
Tweet us @82ndStreetQueens

Comida Co-organizer
Jeff Orlick
(541) YES-JEFF



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The 82nd Street Partnership is an award-winning neighborhood development group founded in 1990 that serves over 175 businesses in Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, Queens. Its mission is to improve neighborhood quality of life and support small business growth by creating a more inviting and vibrant commercial corridor.

Local resident and “Queens Qustodian” Jeff Orlick of Jeffrey Tastes organizes food tours in Jackson Heights and along Roosevelt Avenue. From his latest Ambassador Program to annual Momo Crawls, Jeff creates accessible and authentic food experiences for people from all over NYC and the world.

Dance Performances & Competition organized by Urzua Center of Performing Arts.

Funding for the event is provided by private and public sponsors.

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