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The MIssion Foods Mexican Festival

When:

Sun 14 Sep 2014, 11:30am–8:00pm

Where: The Square - Federation Square, Federation Square, Swanston Street, Melbourne CBD, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free
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Listed by: lynda_buckley

This year’s Mission Foods Mexican Festival will have your Sunday fun wrapped up like a soft shell taco when Federation Square becomes a mini Mexico on Sunday September 14.

All the essential ingredients are there for a colourful day full of flavours, sounds and experiences for the third annual Mission Foods Mexican Festival, which coincides each year with Mexican Independence Day.

Last year, the Festival attracted over 30,000 people to Fed Square and this year, the free event is expected to be even bigger, brighter and more delicious.

Here are a few ways to join the party:
Taste of Mexico: enjoy some ‘Vitamin T’ – that’s Tacos, Tamales, Tortas, Tostadas and more delicious dishes from participating Mexican restaurants such as Touche Hombre, Black Toro, La Tortilleria, Taco Bill, Mexico City, Guzman y Gomez, Chingon Taqueria y Cantina, South American BBQ, Salsa’s, Paco’s Tacos, Mamasita, Santa Ana, Mad Mex and Mesa Verde.

Viva Mexico Stage: presenting local Mexican musicians, folk dance groups, mariachis, Zumba dancing, live Salsa band LA 45 and more.

Mexican Market: a space for authentic Mexican handcrafts, jewellery, clothing, Mexican food products and services.

Mexicanarte: an exhibition by Mexican artists located at the atrium in Fed Square that will feature paintings inspired by traditional Mexican games, photography of Mexico, Mexican sculptures and traditional costumes.

Mexican Cantina/Bar: where you will taste the traditional Mexican drinks such as tequila Tromba, Corona, Pacifico and Negra Modelo beers. There will also be Mexican wines from Baja California.

Kids’ corner sponsored by Taco Bill and Mission Foods: where children will enjoy activities such as playing music, singing, making piñatas, windmills and painting.

Fun learning: run by Latinos Australia Education. Show a student ID on the day to go into the draw to win an iPad.

Intrepid travel will aso be giving away two Real Food Adventure tours to Mexico. Experience Mexico’s distinctive cuisine while travelling through Oaxaca, Puebla and Mexico City. Come along to the Festival to find out how you could win this amazing tour.

Festival organisers are encouraging families, Melbourne culture lovers and foodies to grab their amigos and head to Fed Square to join in the celebrations.

“This is like us inviting you into our home. Share the things we love about our country and that we enjoy with our families everyday including authentic food, sweets, drinks, music, language, jewellery and more.” said Mission Foods Mexican Festival Project Manager Maggie Alonso.

“It’s really exciting to watch Mexican food morph to another level in Melbourne. Melbourne’s love of food and talented chefs has seen authentic Mexican food thrive and, more recently, creativity and fusion has ensured Mexican food continues to capture the interest of foodies.”

More information on the Mission Foods Mexican Festival: https://www.facebook.com/MMexicanFestival

Facts about Mexican Independence Day, 16 September.
The most patriotic day for Mexicans and internationally the most celebrated. Contrary to what many believe, Cinco de Mayo (May 5) is NOT Mexico's Independence Day, but the remembrance of a historic battle. El Grito de la Indepedencia (The Cry of Independence) is held annually on Sept. 16 in honor of Mexico's independence from Spanish rule in 1810.