To mark the arrival of Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) - the Central American holiday that honours those who have passed - Ponsonby's Street Food Collective will transform into a wee slice of Mexico.
The weekend-long event will kick off at midday on Friday 30 October with a four-piece mariachi band to serenade diners across an extended lunch hour (1:30 – 3pm), and in the evening from 8 – 9.30pm. Saturday will be one big Halloween party with everything from piñatas and professional face painters morphing the public into traditional calaveras or their chosen ghoul. There will also be prizes for the best costumes. The Mexican activities roll over into a lazy Sunday. The main drawcard of the day will be Jose Cuervo Tradicional Bloody Marias – a twist on the Bloody Mary, with tequila and a smoky hint of Lagavulin and a beef jerky garnish.
As well as hawking their usual fare, participating street food vendors have all been tasked to come up with a unique Mexican dish for the weekend - easier for some than others. Taking on the challenge will be sausage-burrito hybrid Bangerritos, Korean barbecue taco mash-up Coreano, made-to-order ice creamery Sweet Vals, travelling taqueria Lucky Taco, hot cocoa pop-up Goodnight Cocoa and mother-daughter sweet pie makers The Pie Piper.
To support the theme further, a range of Jose Cuervo cocktails will be on hand all weekend, including four kinds of frozen margarita.