Honour Mexico’s biggest festival Day of the Dead with Wahaca

This November, Wahaca will celebrate Mexico’s famous Day of the Dead festival with one-off immersive dinner events hosted by co-founder Thomasina Miers in London and Manchester, and a week-long celebration with delicious feasting menus, specially crafted cocktails and traditional decorations at all Wahaca restaurants across the country. The week will be a positive celebration, giving customers the chance to get involved with the true meaning of Mexico’s Day of the Dead tradition in remembering their own favourite people.


In tribute to Mexico’s world-famous Dia de los Muertos, Wahaca is treating guests in London and Manchester to an immersive Day of the Dead dinner on 1st (Soho) and 2nd (Manchester) November. Tickets will be priced at £50 per person and will include a five-course menu cooked by Thomasina, featuring a ‘Trout & Passion Fruit Ceviche’ and a traditional slow-cooked ‘Rabbit and Partridge Picadillo’, a welcome ‘Marigold Margarita’ and tequila and mezcal tastings.


Dinner guests will be invited to join the land of the dead to experience the traditional live music and decorations of this vibrant festival before being invited back to the land of the living for feasting, drinking and more celebrations. Each of the sites will be completely transformed for the evening with floral installations by Bloom & Wild at the Soho restaurant, and Frog Flowers in Manchester, as well as face painters to ensure everyone is looking the part.


Meanwhile, across the country, Thomasina and her team will kick off the celebrations at all Wahaca restaurants from 29th October with a specially designed feasting menu, inspired by her Day of the Dead supper clubs.


The feasting menu (£25) will feature seasonal specials including the likes of chargrilled squash grown especially for Wahaca by the team at Riverford Organic, freshly baked cornbread with whipped goat’s cheese and chilli jam, as well as locally cured Trealy Farm chorizo quesadillas, and a freshly shaken Marigold Margarita with 100% agave Altos Tequila that references the celebration’s signature flower. To further get diners into the spirit, each restaurant will be decorated with traditional papel picado and a shrine installation where guests and Wahaca’s teams are invited to add their own memories of loved ones they’ve lost.


Mexican chef Santiago Lastra


Not to be confused with Halloween, Day of the Dead is an annual festival, recently made famous by films from James Bond to Coco, held in Mexico and across South America in honour of those who have died to ensure their memories still live on. A colourful explosion of food, dancing and reflection, people are encouraged to gather and celebrate to help those who have departed on their spiritual paths.


Wahaca’s Day of the Dead menu will be available across all restaurants from 29th October – 4th November. Full list of restaurants can be found here: www.wahaca.co.uk/locations  Tickets for the Soho and Manchester events will be priced at £50 and can be booked online at www.Wahaca.co.uk/DOTD from 1st October.


Santiago Lastra

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