Cinco de Mayo Taquiza
A taco party in the West
There’s been a lot of hype lately around Sydney’s food trucks and the most anticipated is the Al Carbon taco truck. Get ready for an awesome preview of the goods at their upcoming Cinco de Mayo party – that May 5th celebration of Mexican culture and 1862’s spanking of the French army.
Al Carbon’s Atilla Yilmaz has set up his food truck’s commercial kitchen in a Canterbury warehouse, where he’s also constructed a party space to hold gallery exhibitions, live music gigs, fashion markets and private functions. It’s possibly the most exciting thing to happen in Sydney’s West since, well… the Bulldogs last NRL title.
If you’re an inner Sydneysider, ditch your other-zone phobia, and take the 20-minute from Central Station to Canterbury. From there it’s just a stroll to Al Cabron’s Taquiza party, named after those festival family taco parties in Mexico. There’s no sign at this underground, speakeasy-type venue, so just look for the flashing neon that frames a painting of the Virgin Mary (if it works, adds Attila). The night’s going to pair unlimited tacos with Latino musicians, highlighted by harp-playing Victor Valdes and his mariachi band.
We’re talking real-deal tacos. Think al pastor (spit-roasted pork), carne (beef) asado, lamb barbacoa and vampiro tostadas: a fried tortilla with beef and melted Oaxacan cheese. Even the salsas sound fab, from tomatillo to roasted fresh habaneros and chiltepil – a dry salsa of dried chilli, sesame and pumpkin seeds. “That’s my favourite,” says Attila,” It’s got heat, crunchiness and nuttiness.“
Bar drinks will include Mexican cervezas, wine, sangria, a few tequilas and mescals, and aqua fresca fruit drinks. We’re particularly curious about the raspados – Mexican shaved ice said to have the texture of fairy floss, and made with fresh fruit flavours: maybe mango to pineapple or lime. Attila’s still deciding, but says they’re especially nice with a shot of tequila. We say, bueno.
Where: La Lupita 325 Canterbury Rd, Canterbury, NSW
When: Sat, 5 May | 7-10pm
Phone: 0416 061 974