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Tue 7 Jun 2011, 6:30pm
Wed 8 Jun 2011, 6:30pm
Thu 9 Jun 2011, 6:30pm
Fri 10 Jun 2011, 6:30pm
Sat 11 Jun 2011, 6:30pm
Sun 12 Jun 2011, 6:30pm

Where: CQ Bar and Restaurant, 213-223 Cuba St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Three course set menu (with choices): $45.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: embamexnz

From bright red chillies to swollen orange mangoes to buttery green avocados, there is no more colourful cuisine in the world than that of Mexico, to be served up every night from 7-12 June as part of the annual Wellington Mexican Food Festival.

Held at the CQ Restaurant on Cuba Street, the festival is set to turn Kiwi taste buds upside down with dishes that reflect the colour and life of Mexico’s culture and people.

Mexican food is so unique and varied that UNESCO has declared it a cultural treasure. After the arrival of Columbus, new flavours from Europe, Asia and the Caribbean turned up on pre-Hispanic tables full of chocolate, beans, vanilla and chilli. From this mixture was born the delicious fusion that is modern Mexican food.

Some highlights on the menu include the siente magia (feel magic) cocktail made with mezcal and mandarin liqueur, Barravieja-style chipotle spiced prawns and capirotada, a dessert made with guava, coconut, almonds, cheese and milk.

The festival features Chef Ubish Yaren, a rising star among the haute cuisine set. Flown to New Zealand especially for the event, Yaren is an expert in traditional and contemporary Mexican fare.

The festival opens on 7 June at 6:30pm with live music and a complementary margarita for guests.

Reservations are recommended and can be made at or on 04 931 6853. The CQ Restaurant is located at 223 Cuba Street, Te Aro, Wellington.

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