• “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 16, 2017    |   12:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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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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


    • Casa Rivera

    • Delicias Colombianas

    • Sabor Ecuatoriano Bakery

    • Mama Empanada

    • M to N Buffet

    • Tulcingo

    • Quick Deli & Grill

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).

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!

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

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

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).

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).

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



Los Hacheros

Brooklyn’s LOS HACHEROS, modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music, recorded their sophomore album Bambulaye (February 26 / Chulo  / Daptone Records) live to vintage analog tape, giving the music a raw, but warm and open sound similar to the Latin legends that have inspired them.

Their debut album Pilon was a well-received introduction to the band and received critical praise from tastemakers including Wax PoeticsVibe Magazine, and The Washington City Paper, amongst others.  Wax Poetics states, “The groove to this music is deep,” while The City Paper boasts, “…its solid arrangements and lively original songs have impressed old-school salseros and young music fans alike.”

Los Hacheros revives folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha and salsa, and often combine them with Bomba, a fiery rhythm from the mountains of Puerto Rico.  “Los Hacheros has the magic of group improvisation,” adds bassist William Ash.  “We play in a style that is swing oriented and emphasizes the Cuban clave like great ones of old:  Arsenio, Reve, Ritmo…”

A band of only 5 musicians, Los Hacheros can sound like a conjunto of 12.


Chia’s Dance Party

CHIA’s DANCE PARTY is a New York City-based Quintet. The band delivers a unique musical experience where infectious danceable grooves mix harmoniously with extensive compositional and improvisational work. The band performs original material inspired by the Colombian rhythmic and melodic traditions, yet explores different genres and compositional approaches. CHIA’s Dance Party has a distinct sound as a result of the diverse background of its musicians. Ben Stapp, an exceptional tuba player brings his vast experience in experimental, Jazz, classical and rock music.


Gregorio Uribe and Solange Prat

Solange Prat, originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, has been living in New York City for the past seven years. Trained as a vocalist in jazz, blues, soul, Latin and contemporary music, she has established herself as one of the main Latin voices in the underground scene, as the front woman of the 11-piece Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. As a singer-songwriter, she has been writing music which draws from an eclectic range of influences: Argentine folk, Latin, soul, funk, R&B and bossa nova.

Big band leader, singer and accordionist Gregorio Uribe was born in Colombia, studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston and is now based in New York where he leads Gregorio Uribe Big Band: a 16-piece orchestra that blends cumbia and other Colombian rhythms with big band arranging. The band’s debut album “Cumbia Universal”(Zoho Music) was released on October 2nd, 2015 with a CD-release performance at Jazz at Lincoln Center and it includes 8-time GRAMMY-winner Rubén Blades among other guest artist from four different continents.


Ed and Ben Polcer Swingtet

ED POLCER is known as an American classic jazz cornetist, band leader, and mentor of young musicians. He has appeared in hundreds of concerts, festivals and jazz parties throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Europe. Ed joined Benny Goodman’s sextet in 1973. In 1994 President Clinton invited Ed to play for the 1994 Congressional Ball in the White house. In 2001 Ed appeared in a command performance in Bangkok for the king of Thailand. He has made several Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center appearances and performed at the wedding of Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly in Monaco. In 2004 he was honored to play for the official opening of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, where he is now one of the docents, giving tours to students, while familiarizing them with his knowledge of” Pops” and the New Orleans/Dixieland style of jazz.

As the son of Ed, BEN POLCER grew up with jazz. During the first 8 years of his life, his parents, Ed Polcer and jazz singer Judy Kurtz, owned Eddie Condon’s Jazz Club in New York, therefore, Ben said “that music has always been in my head”.In the early 2000’s, Ben helped found “Baby Soda”, a NYC jazz band that was made up of many different musicians at any given time, playing in parks, coffee houses and on street corners.  In 2007 Ben made the big move to New Orleans and life as a full time musician. Since then, he has become one of the top young bandleaders in NOLA, performing at Preservation Hall, The House of Blues, Fritzels Jazz Pub and up and down Frenchmen Street. Musically, Ben doubles on piano and triples on drums.  In 2011, he co-founded Welbourne Jazz Camp in Middleburg, Virginia, with the purpose of bridging the gap between the inseparable jazz music and traditional jazz dances.



Face Painting by 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.

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Interactive Art

Centro Cultural Barco de Papel

Centro Cultural Barco de Papel joins Viva la Comida with an interactive art project – “Cultural Identity Through Everyday Objects.” As part of this celebration we will share a visual art proposal using everyday objects, such as: doors, windows, chairs, tables, among others. These will be modified creatively by guest artists and the general public, thus creating “unique and unrepeatable” works without changing its original function, providing them with new, unique and creative sensibilities in the present. The phenomena of visual culture today not only occurs in museums, galleries and exhibitions. Many cultures and urban sub-cultures have developed the same principle of “intervention” or “modification” of objects, clothes, tattoos, cars, etc., to  aesthetically identify and demonstrate their vision of the world through signs and colors. We have chosen art to complement this celebration, as one of the oldest forms of human expression and contribute to reflect on our urban environment. This project is made possible thanks to the collaboration of artists throughout New York City, the 82nd Street Partnership, art supplies and the team of volunteers from Centro Cultural Barco de Papel.





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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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