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By now, you must know how much D.C. loves the Day of the Dead festivities at Oyamel. We’re huge fans. We have been covering the kick-off party for years, complete with pictures of the face-painting, live band and of course, tequila and mezcal tasting. If you missed out on this year’s party, which took place Monday, October 22, it’s your own fault. Because we feel sorry for you, we will let you live vicariously through our pictures. We also have info on the rest of the Day of the Dead week events that you can still attend, so you still have a chance to get in on the action.

This year’s Day of the Dead fiesta honored “La Bamba” singer Ritchie Valens, who is known for leading the chicano rock movement. The live band played Valens songs, which was a pretty ideal for getting drunk on tequila, although I woke up with “La Bamba” playing on repeat in my head.

The food stations were impressive – taco stands, guacamole and a black bean tamale station. I was especially excited about the number of vegetarian passed dishes (a change from previous years!), including bangin’ huitlacoche quesadillas, brussel sprouts, eggplant tacos, sweet and savory plantain fritters and sauteed mushrooms.


Cocktails served by the bar in addition to the tequila and mezcal tasting stations were per usual awesome. One of them included mezcal, bitters and espresso (for a kick!) while another featured rum, tequila, pineapple and lime.


My only regret? Not taking Tuesday off of work. I never learn.


As for upcoming Day of the Dead events, on Thursday, October 24 and Tuesday, October 29 Oyamel will host two five-course dinners, paired with agave cocktails. Tickets to the dinners are $75pp and can be purchased here. I’ll meet you there.