Viva La Comida 2015

Saturday, September 19
12pm – 7pm

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! is a festival highlighting the cultural diversity 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

  • Sabor Ecuatoriano Bakery

  • Las Americas Bakery

  • Kung Fu Tea

  • La Gata Golosa Bakery

  • Yogurberry

  • Sagitario Bakery

  • Delicias Colombianas


    • Casa Rivera

    • Chicken Fest

    • Golden City Chifa Restaurant

    • M to N Buffet

    • Tacos Coatzingo NY

    • Tulcingo

    • Quick Deli & Grill

Street Food Vendors

Arepa Lady Infamous for her delicious arepas, the local legend of street food Maria Cano aka “Arepa Lady” (79th Street & Roosevelt Ave)

D’Angelo’s Sausage & Pepper Truck – Masters of Italian sausage and peppers (Woodhaven Blvd & 67th Ave, Queens)

El Sabroso de Aracataca Late-night Colombian street food cart, with hand made arepas and chuzos (80th Street & Roosevelt Ave)

King of Falafel A legend of street food and “the king” of savory falafel and shawarma (Astoria, Queens)

Los Viajeros Food Truck An innovative and colorful twist on Latin fusion food, sharing what they love: good eats, good beats, and a whole lotta flavor! (NYC)

MTBLLS NYC Italian-Style meatball food cart with a twist, owned and operated by a Guatemalan immigrant (NYC)

Mysttik Masaala  Magical Indian food cart, featuring freshly cooked currys, samosas, bhel, chaat momos and more (LIC, Queens)

Picaditos Ecuatorianos – Local Ecuadorian street food cart, selling a variety of traditional dishes (Roosevelt Ave & Junction Blvd)

Ricas Botanas – Local churros and botanas cart, serving the neighborhood for over 20 years (Roosevelt Ave & Junction Blvd)

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

The Steak Stand – South American style BBQ

2nd City Beef Bringing Chicago’s famous Italian beef sandwich to NYC


LOS ALIENS Electric Quartet

LOS ALIENS come from a place where their star radiates perpendicular into their atmosphere creating an environment where hot grooves reproduce like viruses becoming part of their daily sonic landscape. They infiltrated here and are using technology and their infectious rhythms to advance a tolerant planetary culture. They are known to be spontaneous creators on their sound machines to take the minds of their listeners to the vast unknown while they experiment with the power of their beats to make bodies move unconsciously and unceasingly.



Sofia Ribeiro is one of the greatest voices from the country of fado, a magnificent singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe. Well-known for her strong and emotional performances, the multi-awarded singer has captivated audiences all over the world with her charming and powerful sound. Her most recent work blends elements of jazz, Brazilian and Portuguese music.

Sofia Ribeiro voice


Martin Vejarano’s (Chia’s Dance Party, La Cumbiamba NY) new project draws from a festive repertoire of Colombian Cumbia standards. These all-time favorite Cumbia hits will take you back to the golden years of the genre as well as inspire you to dance and contemplate the joy and energy that this Cumbia River brings along. Featuring tuba, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voice, the band delivers a captivating fresh sound.

Cumbia River Band

Gilberto Colon Jr “PULPO”

Gilberto Colón Jr., affectionately known as “PULPO”, the esteemed pianist initially received this nickname from his brother and conguero Eddie Montalvo during a live recording session.  Soon after, superstar vocalist Héctor Lavoe made the same reference during a show at the legendary Corso Nightclub for his dynamic ability to move up and down the keyboard telling a story through his solo.  From then on, the name stuck and he continues to live up to his melodic and spontaneous reputation on the piano.


Dj Funkenstein, Willy Gonzalez, sound craftsman and the soul of the party, brings to us the most danceable rhythms of the whole world. After other 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 Viva la Comida! for the second year to get groovy, hot and tropical! Willy likes to ride on a wave of wide genres, taking the dancers to a variety of places and cultures.


Dj 4


Payaso Carlitos

Bring all the family for a day of fun! Clown show, face painting and a surprise picture character!




Interactive Art

Led by local artist Adrian Bermeo. Born and raised in Queens, Adrian Bermeo is known as an abstract artist.  Proud of his Latin American heritage, as well as being a native New Yorker,  his organic works display his influences in nature, music, graffiti and hip hop culture.



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


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






Download the 2015 Sponsorship Packet here


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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