As one of Mexico’s most momentous annual fiestas, Día de Muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a positive celebration of life, when friends and family gather to cherish and remember the dearly-departed.
Wahaca is marking the occasion between 20th October and 2nd November, with visitors to its restaurants across the UK having the chance to enjoy a feast of Mexican street food and a specially-created cocktail as well as complimentary tasters of tequila and mezcal. Each restaurant will be decked out in traditional papel picado and specially-created altars inspired by the traditional ofrendas set up each year in homes across Mexico to honour loved ones.
It wouldn’t be Day of the Dead without an abundance of great food, and Wahaca has plenty to choose from, with its new Winter menu launching just in time for the celebrations. Long-standing street food favourites such as Pork pibil tacos and Grilled chicken & avocado tacos, made using free range British meat, are joined by Organic squash & crumbled feta tostadas (£5.75), marvellously moreish Lamb barbacoa tacos (£7.25) and seasonal Chargrilled hispi (£5.95). The brand new Wahacamole (£5.25) – a fresh, sustainable take on guacamole, switching out the avocado for organic British fava beans – is a delicious and planet-friendly way to kick off your Day of the Dead feast.
Raise a glass to the dearly departed with La Ofrenda (£8.25), a limited edition cocktail created to accompany a street food feast in partnership with top notch tequila Gran Centenario. Inspired by (and named after) the colourfully-decorated altars where offerings are made in honour of those that have passed, La Ofrenda is freshly shaken with pomegranate, lime, triple sec, Gran Centenario Blanco and finished with a volcanic lava salt rim and edible flowers.
And on Tuesday 2nd November, guests will be offered a complimentary taster of either mezcal or tequila, at the end of their meal, to raise their own toast and remember the amazing lives of their favourite loved ones, in true Wahaca style. Forget shooting it in one though. These are artisanally-made spirits, crafted from centuries of tradition and are far more suited to sipping and savouring!
Wahaca co-founder Thomasina Miers said: “We can’t wait to kick off this celebratory fortnight of fun and feasting; raising glasses to celebrate the lives of those no longer with us but also to look forward positively to whatever the future brings, knowing we can tackle anything if we tackle it together. Feliz Día de los Muertos!”
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