21 & 22 May

The Tropical Mix Weekend

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Comida Fest spring season continues to spice the street food market scene in London on the South Bank! Join us and dive into Latin American street food, drinks and culture bonanza. Our second edition will be a Tropical Mix weekend with all things Latin from Mexico to Chile. Try delicious food, traditional and innovative cocktails, masterclasses, dance workshops, kids & family activities, Comida Fest Games, music and a lot of fun! Hasta luego amigos! Find out more about our Traders. Making sure the fun is complete, Comida Fest has put together a cultural programme filled with family activities, masterclasses, games, dance workshops and the greatest Latin beats.

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Programme

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Saturday 21 May 2016

12.00 – 20.00h

Storytelling and Face Painting

Spanish Sing Along Sessions with La Pajara Pinta – FREE

Join two sessions narrated by La Pajara Pinta after returning from an incredible journey in Latin America. Discover about its friends from all over, learning games, songs, rhymes, poems, and stories, from various Latin American countries.

La Pajara Pinta sing along sessions is delivered by El Taller Creative Workshops 

 

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Wildlife face painting with artist Sandra Grajales – Donation: £5

Professional face painter with extensive experience working across a wide variety of events. From children’s parties to weddings, corporative events, hen parties, festivals and shows. Sandra will bring the colours and ecological diversity transforming the little ones in tropical animals and flowers.

“I believe passionately that every occasion is a unique event and I will work with you to make your event something truly special that will create memories for many years to come.”  

Ticketed event

Comida Fest hosts a Reggaeton & Rumba workshop in partnership with Mundo Latino UK presenting the Miguel Gonzalez, former UK Amateur Salsa Championship, Cuban born Miguel became a Professional Dancer at 19, training in Ballet, Afro-Cuban and Popular Cuban dance.

The workshop will be for all levels, single or in couples!  Please note the floor is irregular, wear flat shoes and be ready for a wiggle! The fun experience is followed by a Dj set by Karl (Tropical Beats)

Established in 1992 by Carlos Paz, Mundo Latino UK is a team of professional, dynamic teachers specialising in numerous styles including Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha, Merengue, Reggaeton, Samba, Boogaloo, Lambada Kizomba and Zumba.

What are Reggaeton & Rumba?

Reggaeton is very popular in Latin American countries and it has become staple music in many parties and events, complementing the common mix of merengue, salsa and electronic music, and has paved a huge fan base. The dance that emerged in the early ’90s in Puerto Rico and it shocked westerners with their sensual dance moves but quickly became popular in several music videos.

Rumba is a word used to mean ‘party’ in Northern Cuba. Since the early 20th century the term has been used in different countries to refer to distinct styles of music and dance, most of which are only tangentially related to the original Cuban rumba, however these days Rumba has conquered most Latin countries, Spain, North America and Africa.

Free and no booking required

Mezcal & Malbec Masterclass

Mezcal Masterclass – 15 mins at Cafe Pacífico Agave Barcarlos mezcal

Join us for a Mezcal session with Carlos Londoño from Cafe Pacifico, London’s original Mexican ‘cantina’. Mezcal (or mescal) is a delicious distilled alcoholic beverage made from the maguey plant (a form of agave) native to Mexico. The word mezcal comes from Nahuatl mexcalli, metl and ixcalli which means “oven-cooked agave. “Discover the magic behind Mexico’s enigmatic agave spirit. “Mezcal is Tequilas daddy”

You would have the opportunity to sample some of the most premium Mezcals available in the UK. Arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Malbec Masterclass – 30 mins at CAU Wine Bar

CF APRIL 16-168Following the successful Malbec masterclass in April at Comida Fest, Alex McNeil, Head of Bars at CAU restaurants returns to host an engaging session to educate & explore the wonders of such loved wine. CAU runs its own brands of Argentinean Malbec, come and taste it!

FREE

16.30h – 17.00h – DJ Pablo Cruz (Oye Latino)

pabloPablo is from Ecuador and plays at several events around London, including the Carnaval Latino and Movimiento Ecuador’s events. His Latin sounds travels many Salsa varieties, Merengue, Bachata, Cumbia and much more, put on your flat shoes on and get ready to dance.

17.00h – 17.40h –  Mariachi Aguilas Band

14_smallMariachi is a Mexico western tradition that incorporate many elements and that went from regional rural folk music to an urban phenomenon that came to represent Mexico worldwide.

Marciahi Aguilas is lead by Julian Coronado born in Quito, Ecuador. He started singing at the age of 6 with his father who played in a band. As a kid he won a few competions and started studying music since then. Julian carry on his dream of become a professional performer and musician. Hi had hist first band at 12 and with 16 moved to London studying at Guildhall School of Music.  Julian is a Mariachi band player for around 16 years performing with Mariachi Azteca , Mariachi Chapala, Mariachi Tequila, Mariachi Soneros, Mariachi Mexteca (Mariachi Doritos ), and Mariachi El Mexicano.

17.40h – 18.15h – DJ Pablo Cruz (Oye Latino)


18.15h – 19.00h – Band Bachata City

12400682_932575833496829_628312153913196522_nLatin Band based in London, with Dominican and Colombian Musicians, playing authentic Bachata, Merengue, Cumbia and salsa. Bachata music originated from Dominican Republic combines a traditional Latin and Afro-Caribbean rhythm. There has been a huge increase in popularity in recent years for Bachata music and dance with many classes and showcasing in various festivals.

19.00h – 20.00h – DJ Pablo Cruz (Oye Latino)

Music programme in partnership with:

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With the Support of:

PRS400t

PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want.

These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music – and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.

For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828

Sunday 22 May 2016

11.00 – 18.00h

Free

IMG_6775Expect to play the most common games played Latin America and have a lot of fun with your kids.

Family & Kids Games is delivered by Cal for Fun

calCarolina Cal is an actress and drama facilitator working for over ten years around Brazil and UK. She works in partnership with different organisations, focusing on education and cultural empowerment through Drama, delivering fun theatre workshops to nurseries, SEN schools, Primary schools, women and children’s rights institutions as well performing with different theatre groups and directors around Europe.

Face painting with Gilda Silva – £5 Donation

483702_10200840664845173_117130998_nGet colourful with Gilda Silva, who will make your little ones look rather wild!

Free

Now it’s time for the adults to have some fun and move that body for a laugh. Don’t you remember those  Prizes sponsored by our lovely traders.

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Comida Fest Games is delivered by Cal for Fun

calCarolina Cal is an actress and drama facilitator working for over ten years around Brazil and UK. She works in partnership with different organisations, focusing on education and cultural empowerment through Drama, delivering fun theatre workshops to nurseries, SEN schools, Primary schools, women and children’s rights institutions as well performing with different theatre groups and directors around Europe.

Free and no booking required

15 minutes at the Macchu Pisco Bar

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Peruvian pisco was recently given an ‘appellation’ by the EU just as Cognac and Champagne have. Macchu Pisco is a multi-award winning “puro” style pisco using the quebranta grape. Being Peruvian it is distilled to bottling strength, which is highly unique. Not cutting with water and legally not being able to add sugar makes Macchu Pisco one of the most natural distillates in the world. Created by Melanie Asher in 2004, she has recently had the accolade of an appointment on Peru’s Global Council of Gastronomy, the first pisco producer to have this honour.

Come join the masterclass with Natasha, a family member of Macchu Pisco.

15 minutes at the Cocalero Barcocalero

South American “herbal spirit” does contain alcohol, but a significant part of its flavour is awarded by the coca plant married it with 16 other botanicals.

Launched in UK at Comida Fest, Cocalero  curious facts and delicious recipes for of cocktails for you to try!

Ticketed event

jose2Comida Fest hosts a Zumba workshop in partnership with Mundo Latino UK presenting the Venezuelan Jose Ramon Betancourt.

The workshop will be for all levels, single or in couples!  Please note the floor is irregular, wear flat shoes and be ready to higher up your level of energy!

Established in 1992 by Carlos Paz, Mundo Latino UK is a team of professional, dynamic teachers specialising in numerous styles including Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha, Merengue, Reggaeton, Samba, Boogaloo, Lambada Kizomba and Zumba.

What is Zumba?

Zumba involves dance and aerobic movements performed to Latin energetic beats. The choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue and mambo. Approximately 15 million people take weekly Zumba classes in over 200,000 locations across 180 countries. Zumba is a dance fitness program created by Colombian dancer and choreographer Alberto “Beto” Perez during the 1990s.

FREE

15.30h – 16.30h – Family Atlantica Duo

Screen-Shot-2015-09-21-at-15.58.34Family Atlantica could only have formed in multicultural London. The band is front by Venezuelan vocalist Luzmira Zerpa, London-born percussionist Jack Yglesias, and Nigerian-Ghanaian percussionist Kwame Crentsil. Zerpa’s rich voice, underpinned by driving rhythms, explores stories from Africa and the Americas. Together, the group fuse music from both sides of the Atlantic, including Ghanaian highlife and calypso and unite the sounds of the African diaspora.

16.30h – 18.00h – Dj Karl (Tropical Beats DJs)

10430469_217382638432087_5686503467051294371_nTropical Beats is a radio show on Kilburn to Kensal Radio coming to you on the third Thursday of every month, bringing sunshine to your ears, playing you the finest in Afro Beat, Latin Rhythms, Carnival Beats and Tropical Bass, every third Thursday of each month 6pm. Tropical beats DJs also make amazing parties!

Music programme in partnership with:

movmov

 

 

With the Support of:
PRS400t

PRS for Music licences the use of copyright music across the UK, giving businesses and organisations the legal permission they need to play the music they want.

These licences ensure that music publishers, songwriters and composers are fairly rewarded with royalties so they can keep making music – and mean that we’re able to support music at events like this.

For more information about PRS for Music or music licensing, visit www.prsformusic.com or call 0800 068 4828