• “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

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


    • Casa Rivera

    • Delicias Colombianas

    • Sabor Ecuatoriano Bakery

    • Zaytoun

    • 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!

Chef Troy will bring a variety of Jamaican flavored vegan dishes, including Guava Jerk Steak (Guava Jerk Portabello Mushroom on a pumpkin veggie cuscous), Scotch Bonnet Ackee Hammus on a coconut polenta bite, Jerk Taco (portobello mushroom w/mango scotch Bonnett Salsa & Pico de Gallo), and Ital pepper pot red peas corn soup.

Chef Troy's Table

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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!!!


Cumbia River Band

Cumbia River Band

Martin Vejarano’s (Chia’s Dance Party, La Cumbiamba eNeYé) 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.


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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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.

NYC Gaita Club

NYC Gaita Club is a Traditional Colombian music collective. This group places an arrangement of folkloric Colombian music. It’s main instruments are drums and Gaitas, an indigenous flute of Colombia.

NYC Gaita Club


Sebastián’s newest project featuring original songs, Colombian rhythms, and creative improvisation propelled by an electric power trio.

Featuring world class improvisers Stomu Takeishi (Henry Threadgill, Coung Vu, Tronzo Trio, Myra Melford) on bass, and Satoshi Takeishi (Ray Barretto, Eliane Elias, Erik Friedlander, Antony Braxton, Theo Bleckmann/Ben Monder) on drums, alongside Sebastian Cruz’ guitar (Coba, Lucia Pulido ensemble, La Cumbiamba eNeYé) Sebastián Cruz Trio is both Colombian and universal, and is as much about sensitive songwriting as it is about creative musical explorations.

Yailyn Garcia

Yailyn’s passion for music and her Mexican heritage manifests through her devotion to singing rancheras, which she brings to life with her melodic and powerful voice.

Yailyn Garcia
Michael Noolan


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.


Caroline Picard


Jackson Heights resident and artist, Caroline Picard, will lead two printmaking workshops for children 5 and older. At the end of the workshops, kids will have learned to make their own stamps and have a beautiful work art to take home.

Caroline Picard's work


Jackson Heights resident, Paul VanDeCarr will be providing free puppet making lesson at Dunnnigham Triangle, starting at noon



This year, the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus joins our celebration. The bus is a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording and production facility where young people will be able to participate in free digital media production workshops, and the production of giant peace signs. Assisted by three on-board engineers, students can learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions – all in one day!

The John Lennon Education Tour Bus
Queens World Film Festival


Queens World Film Festival team will host a Pop-Up-Film-School. This project is designed to engage the public in activities that will expand their knowledge of the photographic and filmmaking capabilities of their cell phones. They will also host a Red Carpet where Viva la Comida attendees can learn how to make the perfect selfie, how to post incredible photos and boost engagement across social media.






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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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