• Written by Lynda Buckley

Melbourne’s top Mexican chefs, artists and musicians are preparing to take food and culture lovers across the states of Mexico when the Mission Foods Mexican Festival hits Melbourne to celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sunday September 13 at Federation Square.

Explore the country’s different regions, from the rainforest state of Tabasco to the hustle and bustle of Mexico City, and get a true understanding of the intricate flavours, sights and sounds that make Mexican cuisine and culture so special.


Last year, the Festival attracted over 40,000 people to Federation Square and this year, the free event is expected to be even more delicious, entertaining and immersive offering a window onto Mexico’s gastronomy, tourism, art, music and traditions.


Surrender your senses to Mexico in many different ways including:

Taste bud tour: Melbourne’s top Mexican restaurants have each been charged with presenting an authentic, regional dish from one of the 32 states of Mexico. Munch your way across Mexico with restaurants including Mamasita, Touche Hombre, Los Amates, La Tortilleria, Mexico City, Paco’s Tacos, Mesa Verde, Kikiriki, Guzman y Gomez, South American BBQ, Mad Mex, Santa Ana Tapas Bar, Taco Truck and many more.

Mexican Cantina/Bar: Taste traditional Mexican brews like tequila, mescal, beer and wine. The bar opens at 1pm . Tequila and mescal tasting sessions will also run during the day. Follow the Festival’s Facebook updates for more information about booking into a tasting session.


Viva Mexico Stage: presenting local Mexican musicians, folk dance groups, traditional Mariachi band, live salsa band, Mexican rock band, dance lessons, Mexican DJs and much more.


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


Window to Mexico: discover works from Mexican artists, traditional costumes from Mexico and read about the different regional cuisines of Mexico in the Atrium at Federation Square.


For the kids: Children can ahead to the dedicated the Mission Foods Kids’ Corner for some great kids and family activities.


Grab your amigos and head to Federation Square to join in the celebrations – Sunday September 13, 11.30am-8pm.


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