• “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

Saturday, September 21, 2019    |   12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

82nd Street between Roosevelt Ave. & Baxter Ave.

Take the the-7 to 82nd Street!

Viva La Comida is a festival highlighting the cultural diversity of Queens, combining food with music, art, dancing, entertainment and more on a street known for its outpouring of vibrancy.

With local food trucks, 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 Food

Bakeries & Coffee Shops

  • Kung Fu Tea

  • La Gata Golosa Bakery

  • Yogurberry

  • Las Americas

  • Sagitario Bakery

  • CoCo Tea

  • Capy Capy


    • Casa Rivera

    • Delicias Colombianas

    • Sabor Ecuatoriano Bakery

    • J&J Pizzeria

    • Igloo Rolls

    • Tulcingo

    • Quick Deli & Grill

Street Food Vendors


The Malaysian Project mission is to “serve food that reminds us of home as well as our culture.” After you try their yummy Malaysian Style Burger, aka Ramly Burger (egg wrapped beef patties served with lettuce, spicy mayo, and brown buttered buns), you will wish you had grown up in Malaysia too. The team will also be serving the delicious Kaya Toast, sweet coconut custard jam served on brown buttered white toast. Don’t forget to add your order their refreshing Soursop Juice with lemon zest and pandan infused sugar syrup.


Arepa Lady – A Jackson Heights icon!  Serving her arepas right here in the neighborhood for over 20 years, this food cart and restaurant has become well-known throughout the boroughs but has remained a neighborhood staple (Jackson Heights, Queens).




Solber Pupusas – Legendary food truck featuring delicious traditional pupusas, owned and operated by Salvadorian immigrant Reina Soler and her husband (Red Hook, Brooklyn).


Mysttik Masaala



Mysttik Masaala – NYC’s magical Indian food truck! Serving Indian, Tibetan & Nepali favorites–cooked fresh DAILY curries, samosas, bhel, chaat momos & more!



Mom’s Momo – This truck serves these delicious Tibetan dumplings (Momo), and Laping, two Himalayan fast-food favorites, everyday on (73rd Street in Jackson Heights)





Mama Food – Delicious Xinjiang-style street food. Their grilled squid skewers are a must-try, Viva La Comida favorite! (Flushing, Queens).

Mama Food


Ricas Botanas



Ricas Botanas – Local churros and botanas cart (with home made potato chips!), serving the neighborhood for over 20 years (Roosevelt Ave & Junction Blvd, Queens).


Oscar’s Chuzos & Elotes – Local street food cart, serving Mexican-style shish kebabs and buttery corn with cheese and chile (Roosevelt Ave & Junction Blvd, Queens).

Oscar's Chuzos & Elotes

Pina Colada




Piña Coladas by Rosa – Delicious, homemade piña coladas served right inside a fresh pineapple.  Nothing says festival like Rosa’s signature frozen drink!

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Cotton Candy Truck – Colorful, sugary cotton candy made right out of an old school pink Jeep (Maspeth, Queens).

Tortas Neza – No doubt, Torta Pumas, is the biggest and most delicious sandwich in Queens.  Its layers include sausages; a breaded and deep fried chicken cutlet; a chorizo omelet; several slices of head cheese and ham; refried beans; pickled jalapeños, lettuce, tomato, and avocado; and a generous helping of fresh, stringy, Oaxacan-style cheese.  For those with smaller appetites, they also have “normal” size tortas.



BK2PR – Viva La Comida newcomer, BK2PR, will delight attendees with traditional Puerto Rican foods such as pernil and Arroz con Gandules (Rice with pigeon peas). Don’t miss their Alcapurrias, a fritter made of green bananas and yautia (taro root) and stuffed with meat.  Their dishes will have you shouting WEPA!!!


To be announced…






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Download the 2018 Sponsorship Packet here



82nd Street Partnership
(718) 335-9421


7 Train to 82nd Street – Jackson Heights
E – F – N – R to 74 Street – Roosevelt Avenue. Walk East on Roosevelt Ave towards 82nd Street


 Food Vendor Application


The 82nd Street Partnership is an award-winning neighborhood development group founded in 1990 that serves nearly 200 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.

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

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