The 82nd Street Partnership presents its 4th annual food and music festival, Viva la Comida!  The festival brings together some of NYC’s best street food vendors with local restaurants to showcase the variety of delicious ethnic foods found not only in Queens, but throughout the city.   The festival will be held on Saturday, September 19, 2015 from noon to 7:00 pm along 82nd Street, between Roosevelt and Baxter Avenues.

“Viva La Comida highlights the variety of food offerings that makes this neighborhood not just a great place to live, but also a destination for people around the city and the world!” said Larisa Ortiz, a Jackson Heights resident and festival goer.

Vendors will be serving handmade arepas, classic Italian sausage, savory samosas and much more.

This year’s participants include Solber Pupusas, a 2011 Vendy Award Winner and 2014 finalist.  They will be joined by two 2014 Vendy Award finalists, Mystik Masaala and Ricas Botanas, which sells freshly-prepared churros.  Other participants include the legendary D’Angelo Italian Sausage and Peppers Truck and several Roosevelt Avenue favorites, such as El Sabroso de Aracataca (Arepas con queso and chuzos) and Picaditos Ecuatorianos.  New vendors include MTBLLS NYC and 2nd City Beef.

Festival goers will also be able to enjoy many foods from local establishments. South of Roosevelt Avenue, 82nd Street is a mecca of immigrant-led businesses.  Restaurants serving Ecuadorian, Chinese-Peruvian, Mexican, and Colombian foods will be participating in the festival.  Casa Rivera, an old-style butcher and market, sells a unique variety of hard-to find Latin American products, such as Guanabana pulp (soursop) and Lucuma ice cream – a fruit native to the Andes.  Tulcingo Bakery & Restaurant and Tacos Coatzingo NY offer a variety of typical Mexican dishes. Las Americas Bakery specialties are Colombian delights, including empanadas and pan de bono with cafecito.  Traditional foods from Ambato, Ecuador, such as Yaguarlocro, a dish cooked with lamb tripe, can be found at Sabor Ecuatoriano.
This year the festival will feature several local artisans and a wider display of musical performances.  Martin Vejarano’s new project Cumbia River Band will entertain the snacking public with traditional cumbia, while Los Aliens Electric Quartet hot, experimental grooves will keep the audience dancing.  We are also honored to have Sofia Ribeiro, a multi-award singer, that has captivated audiences all over the world with her charming and powerful blends of jazz, Brazilian and Portuguese music.