• “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 15, 2018    |   12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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

  • Sagitario Bakery

  • CoCo Tea

  • Capy

Restaurants

    • Casa Rivera

    • Delicias Colombianas

    • Sabor Ecuatoriano Bakery

    • Mama Empanada

    • M to N Buffet

    • Tulcingo

    • Quick Deli & Grill

Street Food Vendors

Check back for updated information on the vendor lineup for 2018.

Last year featured:

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).

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D’Angelo’s Sausage and Peppers – D’Angelo’s is a hidden gem on Woodhaven Blvd.  They serve sweet or hot Italian Sausages, New York Hot Dogs, and Philly Steak & Cheese.  A streetfood must!

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

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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

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

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

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

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Chiflez – Ecuadorian and Peruvian dishes, Jalea Peruana (Peruvian-style fried seafood), Ceviches, Venezuelan arepas

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El Pequeño – Ecuadorian bakery/breads and Tripa Mishqui (Ecuadorian-style roasted tripe)

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).

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

Chef Troy of Highline Ballroom – Authentic jerk chicken, fish, and vegetarian, and other Jamaican fair by Chef Troy Levy from Highline Ballroom on W. 16th St.

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

Kopi Kopi – Indonesian street food, craft coffee & tea

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Entertainment

SALSA MASALA: A JACKSON HEIGHTS BLOCK PARTY

Queens Council on the Arts’ Artist Commissioning Program will present at Viva la Comida the world premiere of Salsa Masala: A Jackson Heights Block Party, a new work completed by ACP awardee in music composition Neil Padukone.

Neil’s project employs intersectional approach to music: “Walk down Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights, Queens, and you hear Bhangra and Bollywood on one side, Cumbia and Bachata on the other,” says Neil. “What would happen, I wondered, if we all brought our instruments out and had one big block party?”

His project, Salsa Masala: A Jackson Heights Block Party provides the soundtrack for this fusion. Inspired by the music of Latin America, the Indian subcontinent, and Black music of the US, Salsa Masala creates “that special mix”—the Spanish and Hindi translations of the work’s title.

His project speaks to the role places like Queens play in an increasingly diverse America: creating connections across communities that demonstrate that “we all feel similar emotions and rhythms, even if they’re in different languages.”

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LA CUMBIAMBA eNeYé

Martin Vejarano’s (Chia’s Dance Party, La Cumbiamba eNeYé, Cumbia River) music projects draw 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 these rhythms bring along. Featuring tuba, accordion, clarinet, percussion and voice, the band delivers a captivating fresh sound.

SPANGLISH FLY

SPANGLISH FLY is part band, part celebration: 12 musicians igniting a party that quickly spreads to the audience. They have been hailed as the premier band of the Latin boogaloo revival,”single-handedly reviving sixties bugalú in NYC” (NBC New York).

Boogaloo! That mix of Latin and soul/R&B that emerged from the clubs, the street corners, the transistor radios and the pool halls of 1960s Spanish Harlem, “El Barrio.” Inspired by Latin boogaloo, or bugalú, SPANGLISH FLY plays irresistible grooves that blend Afro-Caribbean rhythms with the fervor, the feeling, and the harmonics of 60s soul. SPANGLISH FLY “roars through covers, originals, and transformations of previously untouched soul hits” (Village Voice), paying homage to the boogaloo genre while refreshing it for a new generation.

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DJ MICHAEL NOONAN (all day)

DJ Michael Noonan was bred and spread within the rhythmic diversity of Jamaica, Queens and his music collection mirrors this. He feels at home whether the party calls for salsa dura, astral jazz, percussive funk, or heavy rock and more, and he tends to blend styles in surprising ways.

KID’S ENTERTAINMENT

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INTERACTIVE ART

 

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Partners

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Public & Nonprofit

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Download the 2018 Sponsorship Packet here

Press

CONTACT

82nd Street Partnership
(718) 335-9421
Info@82ndStreet.org

DIRECTIONS

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

 

Organizer

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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