• “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 21, 2019    |   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 Capy


    • Casa Rivera

    • Delicias Colombianas

    • Sabor Ecuatoriano Bakery

    • J&J Pizzeria

    • Quick Deli & Grill

    • La Nueva Bakery

Street Food Vendors

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).




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!

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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 –  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!!!

Bab StationAn exciting addition to our festival, we hope you’re ready for Korean BBQ dishes! Bab Station is 100% Authentic Korean Food, I believe that speaks for itself!

Korean BBQ

El gallo Giro

El Gallo Giro– If there is something you have to know about Queens it is how delicious El Gallo Giro’s tacos are. They are new to our festival but not new to Queens you can find them spread through out Jackson Heights, Corona, Elmhurst, Woodside.


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Is an Afro-Colombian musical ensemble comprised of some of the finest Colombian musicians in the united states.

The group was created from the desire of Ronald Polo, (vocalist/composer/gaitero), Morris Cañate, (master folkloric percussionist), and later on Johanna Castaneda (Vocalist/musician) to promote the rich musical traditions of their ancestors; the afro-descendents of Colombia’s caribbean coast.

It is their belief that these folkloric traditions should continually evolve over time and with the ideas of new generations of folklorists. This belief is surely reflected in their music.The original compositions of Ronald Polo forge new paths for Colombian music while respectfully remaining faithful to its ancestral roots. In the process, they create a truly unique musical and cultural experience.

From traditional songs to original compositions, the entirely of Rebolú’s repertoire is loaded with energy, history and danceability. Their unique reinterpretations of traditional Afro-Colombian rhythms such as Gaita, Tambora, Chalupa and Bullerengue, among others, make it extremely well suited not only for festivals and cultural events, but also for nightclubs. We hope you listen and enjoy…



Jay Rodriguez is one of the busiest men in jazz, and one of the few playing most all the reeds as a leader and sideman with wildly diverse musicians, synthesizing these experiences within his own projects. Jay picked up the clarinet in grade school at age 7, after moving to NYC in 1970 from Barranquilla, Colombia, and furthered his reed studying with Phil Woods (´82-´84), Joe Allard, Tito D’Rivera (father of Paquito) and Joe Henderson. He was playing lead alto with the late great Tito Puente by the age of 15, graduated with the highest honors from New York City’s renowned High School for the Performing Arts and continued his studies at Manhattan School of Music and The New School.

He is also the Musical Director and founding member of the New York City phenomenon Groove Collective. In its over two-decade career, the band has opened for and jammed with James Brown, backed Tupac Shakur, and shared the stage with Isaac Hayes, Erykah Badu, The Roots, and B.B. King, among others. Rodriguez also earned two of his three Grammy Nominations for the band’s album “Declassified.” Jay earned one of his Grammy Nominations for the band’s album “People People Music Music” (2006).

 Jay is bringing a Latin Swing ensamble that reinterprets the blues and swing rhythms under the light of the clave.





The explosive Los Habaneros are a force to behold on stage. Mixing musical styles from their home in Cuba with the diversity of sounds they encountered when they made New York City their home, Los Habaneros transcend traditional musical genres to create a real fusion that provokes fans into hip-shaking abandon. The band is comprised of a young generation of Havana-trained musicians, including artistic director and pianist Axel Tosca Laugart, and percussionist Yusnier Sanchez Bustamante.

The band’s first album, Somos Latinos (2013), was released to very high critical acclaim. It was produced by Latin Grammy-nominated Luisito Quintero, and included 5 time Grammy-award winning bassist John Benitez. Los Habaneros have toured in Peru, Canada, Qatar, and all throughout the United States. They have played at the Kennedy Center for the Arts as official performers for TEDMED, the American Folk Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music, BB King Blues Club, Subrosa, BAMCafe, The Green Space, Sounds of Brazil (SOBs), Le Poisson Rouge, The Bronx Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Live at the Gantries, Roulette, Gonzalez y Gonzalez, Taj, and many others.

Their second album, LOS HABANEROS NYC, was released in winter 2018.




Featuring: Alfonso Cid, vocals and flute. Daniel Pimentel, guitar. Natalia Loza, dancer. Guillermo Barrón, percussion

Show consists of demonstrating and transmitting the multidisciplinary art of the Andalusian Gypsy culture through Flamenco music, singing and dancing originated in the southern part of Spain and recognized and appreciated throughout the world.

Alfonso Cid was born and raised in Sevilla, the heartland of flamenco music. He also had the opportunity of attending the activities of one the most significant flamenco clubs in Andalusia, the Peña Flamenca Torres-Macarena in Seville. Alfonso has toured extensively throughout the USA, Latin America, Israel, and Europe, and has just toured Spain last February of 2018 with the Jazz/Flamenco band New Bojaira by pianist Jesús Hernández from Granada, Spain.

The “Dueto Andaluz” does not fit only in the style and repertoire of Flamenco but also plays Jazz, Classical and Mexican music but with the Mediterranean and Andalusian touch and sound. The Andalusian Duet is composed of the guitarist, composer and arranger Daniel Pimentel and the dancer Natalia Loza who apart from the zapateado masterfully manages the castanets, shawl, and fan. Both are a reference to Flamenco in Mexico.




Rafael Castillo-Halvorssen is a trumpeter, composer, singer, and bandleader born and raised in Boulder, CO, where he grew up listening to the Beatles, merengue, and Louis Armstrong.  With his trio, you can find him performing all over New York City, playing a wide variety music, from ragtime and son montuno to bebop.



Yailyn Garcia 

A native of Queens, NY of Mexican heritage, Yailin Garcia has been performing Rancheras y regional Mexican songs since she was just 9 years old.  She is an alum of the La Academia de Mariachi de Nueva York and passionate about preserving her ancestors’ culture and folklore.

Arts and Kids Entertainment

Facepainting by Annabelle Popa 

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Puppet Making by FireFly


Download the 2019 Sponsorship Packet here

Paul VanDeCarr from Firefly organizes monthly puppet shows, crafts workshops, and other fun stuff for kids in Jackson Heights.

Check out the website at www.FireflyPuppets.com.)




The John Lennon Education Tour Bus, a state-of-the-art mobile audio and HD video recording, and production facility. 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, visitors can learn how to write, record, and produce original songs, music videos, documentaries, and live multi-camera video productions – all in one day!



Jackson Heights artists Derick Melander will be offering an art workshop for kids that explores the textures and forms of everyday clothing.  Derick is best known for creating large, geometric sculptures from carefully folded and stacked second-hand clothing. Derick has exhibited his work extensively, most recently creating two monumental sculptures for Swire Properties in Hong Kong.


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Valentina Lovera/Centro Cultural Barco de Papel

This year the Centro Cultural Barco de Papel will host a free watercolor painting workshop with the young artist Valentina Lovera. The workshop is open to all family members and does not require any experience in the arts.  

Valentina Lovera is a young artist from Bogota, Colombia from an early age Ms. Lovera has been passionate about plastic arts leading her to experiment with drawing and painting. She has worked with many techniques including acrylic painting and aquarelle.  For the past years, Ms. Lovera has been complimenting her passion for the arts with theatre. In high school, she enrolled in Bogotá’s Casa Actores acting school where she performed in plays such as Romeo and Juliet, Peter Pan and a short film titled “Los Hijos de Juana.” Ms. Lovera currently resides in New York City where she continues to pursue her passion for the arts alongside her university studies.







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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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