Viva La Comida!

September 20, 2013  4:00pm – 10:00pm
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 best food in the city, combined with great music, interactive art, dancing and more on a street known for its amazing, authentic food and culture.

With food trucks hand-selected by Queens Ambassador Jeff Orlick, an art exhibition from Hibridos Collective, a market from Design For You, and an open dance competition amid music from a collection of live bands, this is a pure celebration of what makes this area the heart of the city.

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Why Viva la Comida?

The 82nd Street Partnership started this food and music festival in 2012 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

Bakeries

  • Las Americas Bakery

  • La Delicia en Pandebono

  • La Gata Golosa Bakery

  • J & C Pastry Bakery

  • Kung Fu Tea

  • El Paisa Bakery

  • Sagitario Bakery

  • Villa Colombia Bakery

  • Yogurberry

Restaurants

    • Chicken Fest

    • Chicken Mia

    • Dorado Restaurant

    • Limoncello

    • M to N Buffet

    • Pico de Gallo Restaurant

    • Taqueria Coatzingo

    • Tulcingo

    • Quick Deli & Grill

Services

      • New United Mobile

      • Salina’s Brokerage

      • The Sewing Outlet

      • Family Dental Care

Grocers

      • Casa Rivera

      • Mango Rico

      • JC Delicatessen & Market

      • Jin Pin Market

      • 82 Market

Pop-up Market

Organized by Design for you!

  • Tropisec - edible art from winner of Queens Taste’s Best Dessert

  • Bittersweet NYC - Indian-inspired desserts by local visionary Surbhi Sahni

  • Laura’s Jewels

  • Faces by Brenda – Face Painting

  • Strung Out Jewelry

  • SMHENNADESIGNS – Henna Designs

  • Quetzaly Shop – Handmade goods

  • Libreria el Dorado

Food Trucks

This year is turning out to be a Best-of-the-Best of New York City's street food vendors. Already slated to attend are:

Tortas Neza - Specialist of the Mexican sandwich, the torta (Roosevelt / 111th Street, Corona; 1pm-1am)

Arepa Lady Crew - The family is continuing the tradition, and the food, of the Arepa Lady (Roosevelt / 79th Street, Jackson Heights; weekend nights)

Chimi Express - Excellent new Dominican truck, inventors of the pizzaton (43rd Ave / 102nd St, Corona; 4pm-5am)

Lechonera la Piraña - Puerto Rican hero of pastellitos and roast pork AKA lechon (Wales Ave / 152nd St, Bronx; weekends)

Mysttik Masaala - Next level Indian/Nepalese, in dedication of owner’s son’s dream (44th St / 2nd Ave, Manhattan; weekdays)

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

The Chipper Truck - Only Irish food truck in NYC (237th St / Katonah Ave, Bronx; 1am-6am)

Bochinche - Popular Ecuadorian Truck (St Nicholas Ave & Linden St, Ridgewood)

Manos Peruanos – Peruvian owners of nearby Lima Limon in the Jackson Heights area.

Potala - Tibetan food cart serving the Momo (Broadway & 37th Rd. Jackson Heights)

And we will be adding a special guest from the Red Hook Ballfields, a Tibetan Momo vendor from Jackson Heights

PLUS MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED

 

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Music

Live performances at Dunningham Triangle include "Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros" among local musical acts

Gerardo3

Gerardo Contino, “El Abogado de la Salsa,” is a Cuban singer and songwriter. Before leaving Cuba in 2009, Gerardo was the lead singer for NG La Banda, one of the most recognized Cuban Salsa and Jazz orchestras in Cuba, under the directorship of Jose Luis Cortes.

Since 2009, Gerardo has started his own band, “Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros” in New York City. He has performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sounds of Brazil (SOBs), Le Poisson Rouge, the Bronx Museum, Live at the Gantries, Roulette, Guantanamera, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Droms, Iguana, and Lina Frey, among others.

Press

Last year's press reported the festival's best food and activities.

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

CONTACT

82nd Street Partnership

Seth Taylor
(718) 335-9421
Seth@82ndStreet.org
Tweet us @82ndStreetQueens

Comida Co-organizer
Jeff Orlick
(541) YES-JEFF
Jeffsayyes@gmail.com
@JeffreyTastes

Photos for press

Our Partners

Organizers

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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