The Mission Mexican Festival has your weekend checklist covered. Come and enjoy the best things in life, Mexican style, when Federation Square comes to colourful life on Sunday September 15 with the authentic smells, tastes and sounds of Mexico.
Last year, the inaugural Mission Mexican Festival, which coincides each year with Mexican Independence day, attracted over 25,000 people to Federation Square.
This year it is set to be even bigger, brighter and more delicious and Melbourne food and culture lovers are invited to attend the free family event. Highlights will include:
Some of Victoria’s best Mexican restaurants will be in attendance along with a collection of famous Melbourne taco trucks. They will feature traditional and modern Mexican cuisine. Among the restaurants attending: Chingon Taqueria y Cantina, Chido Taco truck, Blue Corn, Santa Ana Tapas Bar, Mamasita, Taco Bill Mexican Restaurant, Touché Hombre, Los Amates, Mexico City, Mad Mex, The Black Toro, South American Barbecue, Lulo, Salsa’s, Dos Por Favor and Guzman y Gomez.
The Mexican Cantina is a place to taste traditional Mexican drinks like tequila, beer, Mexican soft drinks and fruit juices.
A special guest this year will be Abbie Cardwell and the Chicano Rockers – Abbie is an award winning songstress from Melbourne, Triple J Unearthed Winner, ABC Contemporary Music Award Winner, BMI USA Song Winner, Australian Music Week Winner, Music Oz Award Winner. She was also a contestant on The Voice in 2012 and flew to Mexico to record her album, which will be released at the end of this year. Spanish- Australian Comedian and actor, best known for his character "Ricky" in Acropolis Now, Simon Palomares is Master of Ceremonies on the Main Stage and will introduce a long line of entertainment from Mexican musicians and folk dancers including the Mariachi 'Los Romanticos', the Mexbourne Dance Company, Sin Frontera Band, Los Mas Altos and Esmeralda Araiza, Zumba and Latin music.
The Festival will also feature a Mexican Market with traditional produce, art and jewellery and activities for kids including piñata making, craft and Mexican music lessons. Among the vendors are Guacamall-e (online Mexican groceries), Tasty Delights (traditional Mexican sweet bread), Vikki G (Mexican sterling silver), La Llorona (Mexican clothing), La Calaca (wrestling Mexican masks), My Adventure Store & G Adventures (travel agency), Sugar Shack (bubble blowers and rock candy), Funtastic Parties (partyware) and Botella del Sol (agave nectar). CAE (Centre for Adult Education) will be giving free Spanish Language workshops every hour during the festival.