“Viva La Comida! puts the spotlight on the ethnic food of the city’s most diverse borough – Queens”
“A culinary and entertainment extravaganza!”
“A celebration of amazing food, beautiful culture, and Jackson Heights, a wonderful, vibrant community in 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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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.
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.
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.
Bring all the family for a day of fun! Clown show, face painting and a surprise picture character!
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.
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.