Arriba Arriba Andale Andale!! Join Kate for this free Mexican-themed event that honours Mexican heritage and culture, and features Mexican cuisine, folklore, dance, music, costumes and mariachis. The festival's theme is Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) celebrations, so get ready for a weekend full of skulls, face painting and a lot of costumes (Day of the dead costume recommended but not mandatory).
The event is at Flagstaff Gardens. We'll meet at 3pm outside Flagstaff train station on La Trobe Street. The colourful Day of the Dead parades starts at 4pm.
- Gold coin donation required to cover MeetUp fees as per group policy www.meetup.com/Meet-Eat-Explore
- This is a free public event, however you'll need to bring money to pay for your purchases. Cash is recommended.
- Keep RSVPs up-to-date.
- Check this MeetUp event for updates.
- Most importantly make more friends, eat and have fun!
More about the event:
The festival is held to coincide with Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead festivities - a traditional Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico over 3 days from 31 October to 2 November. It's a time when family and friends gather to honour and remember their deceased loved ones, with the idea that spirits return to be together with those still living. As death is viewed as a natural part of life, Mexicans view this holiday not as a day of sadness, but as a day of celebration.
During the celebrations, graves are visited and decorated with flowers. Altars are set up, using food, drinks and other items loved by the departed to encourage their souls to return and join in the fun. In 2008, the tradition was inscribed in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
Authentic Mexican food is vibrant, delicious, fresh and spicy. Beans and corn are staples with corn used to make tortillas and tamales, and both featuring prominently in many dishes. Plenty of delicious food will be available on the day with over 20 Mexican and Latin American vendors providing a wide range of street foods to tempt you. Think salsa, guacamole, tacos, empanadas, enchiladas, tamales, burritos, and fajitas and just follow your nose. There will also be a fully licensed Margarita bar serving over 5 different styles of Margaritas and other alcoholic beverages. Icy cold cerveza anyone?
There will be stalls with local and imported Mexican and Latin American handcrafted products for you to browse and maybe pick up a gift.