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Taste Queens' Best Food Carts and Dance on Party Bus at Annual Festival

By Katie Honan | September 9, 2014 5:17pm
 Viva La Comida! returns on Sept. 20 for an all-day event featuring the famous Arepa Lady, pictured.
Viva La Comida! returns on Sept. 20 for an all-day event featuring the famous Arepa Lady, pictured.
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JACKSON HEIGHTS — The neighborhood’s annual food cart festival returns this month with a party bus, live music and a lineup of food carts that are parked, or operated, out of Queens.

Viva La Comida! returns to 82nd Street on Saturday, Sept. 20 from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. and will feature “local legends” like The Arepa Lady and Potala Momo Cart from Jackson Heights as well as D’Angelo’s Italian Sausage Truck, which is usually parked on Woodhaven Boulevard.

A Chivas party bus will roll up to the festival, with a live DJ and free bottles of Bruce Cost Ginger Ale. 

Nearby restaurants, including Limoncello, Sabor Ecuatoriano Bakery and Kung Fu, will also set up stands, according to organizer Jeff Orlick, who runs the festival with the 82nd Street Partnership.

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The goal of the event, now in its third year, is to showcase many of the hard-working food truck and cart operators from around the city by gathering them all in one place. 

It was a “coincidence” that this year’s vendors are all from Queens, Orlick said, but it’s not surprising since “the best of the best” are in the borough.

“I see this event as featuring local legends and heroes of tomorrow,” he said. “Many of these vendors may not be known to the general blogosphere, but all deserve to be.”

Only one truck, Mysttik Masaala, operates in Manhattan — but its owner lives in Queens.

In addition to food, there will be live music and performances throughout the festival, as well as a magic show for kids, an art installation and a live demonstration by artist Adrian Bermeo.

For more information, visit the event's Facebook page.