May 5th - for us, a reason to honour and celebrate the flavours of Mexican cuisine.
These days Cinco de Mayo is predominantly celebrated in the United States however, originally a commemoration in Puebla to mark the Mexican Army's defeat of the French in 1862.
We'll be dressing up the bar and ourselves to bring you Taco & Tequila specials on Sunday 5th May this year.
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Wairarapa's own Laura Cheetham began writing about her life experiences dealing with love, heartbreak and growing up when she was gifted her first guitar at just 13 years old. Since then, her music has evolved as have the words that shape her folksy, rounded sound. For such a small person, Laura’s vocal range is unexpected so don’t let her quiet beginnings fool you.
Alongside her own songs, Laura has a variety of classic tunes in store from Bob Dylan to Tom Petty and Ella Fitzgerald. We are super excited to welcome Laura to Mesita and can’t wait to see what she has in store for us.
Last time we had these guys at Mesita they had the courtyard pumping with a whole lot of encores and wild jazz dancing!
So, it's time for another show on the night of the first Martinborough Fair.
Former Frank Sinatra saxophonist Alex Nyman, Ben Stewart on keys and Callum Riach on the drums. Playing Jazz-Fusion hits from Herbie Hancock and more.
Free Entry. No Bookings.
At the center of the exploding Americana movement in Honolulu is Discord & Rye, a roots-rock group of musicians dedicated to exploring the history and future of original American music. With solid foundations in folk, bluegrass, blues and rock, Discord & Rye has taken roots music off of the porch and into Honolulu’s revered whiskey joints... Their sound is honest, feel good music with timeless qualities.." They perform whiskey fueled Flights of love gone wrong and/or right, Passions of dreams, Songs about mishaps and the ordinary, Odes to runaway cars and friends, and the Wonders of nature. Old fashioned music performed on guitars, violin, rooted in the American past, brought forward to the present with John's great grasp of the story of life in the 21st century.
Check out some of their music on Bandcamp.
We're opening on New Year's Eve with big plans to throw the best party you've been to all year!
C A R I B B E A N
C R U I S E !
Dress up! Caribbean style food. Drink Specials... and....
Takas is a DJ who is capable of ensuring a great time is had by all whenever he plays... He learnt his trade during his early years at the now legendary Matterhorn. Weekly lessons via Clinton Smiley, Vee and Mu (FFD) ...Fast forward 18 years. As a DJ in demand Takas has found himself at home around NZ, supporting the likes of The Nextmen, Norman Jay and DJ Yoda to name just a few. He has played parties for WOW, Weta Digital, and Home-grown as well as the ever killer Splore festival where he has found a new home on the crystal palace stage. Music lovers will enjoy his selections, be they new school nuggets or old school Gems there is something for everyone.
Join us on Sunday 18th November for brunch! Mesita will be taking over the Kitchen at Cambridge Road Vineyard to bring you some delicious eats paired with your favourite Cambridge Road Wine!
The event is free admission with your choice of wine & food to purchase on arrival - however, you will need to reserve your spot by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Spaces are limited!
NB: This event is not associated with Toast Martinborough nor is it an official Toast Martinborough event.
Silvia Mendoza hails from Mexico City now based in Featherston - she is bringing us together to celebrate Day of the Dead with the help of relatives visiting from Mexico. We are so excited to be a part of this week-long festival!
MINI FILM FESTIVAL - Learn more about the history and tradition behind Day of the Dead projected on the big screen in our courtyard!
BBC World - Day of the Dead Documentary Saturday 27th October 2pm (Duration, 1 hour)
Coco Disney Movie Sunday 28th October 2pm (Duration 90mins)
Food for the Ancestors Documentary Saturday 3rd November 5pm (Duration 55mins)
D R E S S U P P A R T Y !
Saturday 3rd November - Dress Up Competition, Food & Drink Specials, Film Screening and A Day of the Dead Altar!
Dia De Los Muertos is one of Mexico’s traditional holidays reuniting and honoring beloved ancestors, family and friends. It is an ancient and enduring ritual when the living commune with the dead – a mystical night when the veil is lifted between their two realms and they may share a day together. The historical roots of this celebration date back to the pre-Hispanic cultures of Meso-America of the indigenous people, especially the Nahua (Aztecs, Mayans, Toltecas, Tlaxcaltec, Chichimec, Tecpanec) and others native to Mexico more than 3,000 years. When the Spaniards conquered the country, this indigenous custom was rooted so deeply that, after five centuries of colonization, it has continued to survive and remain as celebrated as in its first days. Throughout each period in Mexican culture, death seems to hold no terror. In Mexican art, legends, and religion, death has not been a mysterious and fearful presence but a realistic recognizable character as much a part of life as life itself. Dia De Los Muertos expresses this perspective: it is not a mournful commemoration but a happy and colorful celebration where Death takes a lively, friendly expression and is not frightening or strange. There is no place for sorrow or weeping for this could be interpreted as a discourteous to the dead relatives who are visiting gladly. Indigenous people believed that souls did not die, that they continued living in Mictlán (Place of Death) a special place for them to finally rest. On Dia De Los Muertos, tradition holds that the dead return to earth to visit their living relatives. It is believed that although these relatives can’t see them, they can surely feel them. This night is an important feast and evocation. It is a time when family members share memorable stories that evoke the lives of their ancestors . Offerings and altars are created to welcome and commemorate the dead. Marigolds and incense are offered in abundance because it is believed their aromatic scents guide the dead to the place where the feast is being held. . A profusion of candles dispels the darkness just as the souls are being illuminated from the shadows of death. Altars are created with photos, mementos, fruit, bread, and other favorite things of the ancestors being welcomed and honored. The artifacts of these altars also provide the opportunity to teach children about those who came before them. Dia De Los Muertos is a time of celebration on remembrance. It is also a time to come to terms with our mortality and become aware of the cycle of life and death. Rather than deny and fear death this event teaches us to accept and contemplate the meaning of mortality.
In the early 1800s, Mexico decided it had enough of Spain’s rule and that it was time for a revolt. With some help from the U.S. and France, the country started to plan.
One of the leaders of the revolution, Father Miguel Hidalgo, was planning to revolt with his men in late fall. But the Spanish found out and called for the arrest of Hidalgo and his officers earlier than anticipated. When he was alerted, Hidalgo held a meeting at his church in Dolores, Guanajuato, Mexico, ringing the bell on the night of September 15th, 1810 to call his congregation to mass. He urged them to fight, giving a speech that’s known as “El Grito de Dolores,” or “The Cry of Dolores.” He cried “¡Viva México!” and “¡Viva la independencia!” — which means “May Mexico live on!” and “May independence live on!” — during the speech, giving way to some of the country’s most famous battle cries.
Join us at Mesita to celebrate, to learn more about the rich history of Mexico, to eat and of course to drink! More details closer to the date.
Join us to celebrate Jazz in Martinborough with this late night show at Mesita!
Leonardo Coghini - Keys - Leo is a sought-after Wellington musician; recent work includes tours with pop singer Mitch James and the NZ Air Force Band.
Pat Bleakley - Bass - A regular on the Wellington scene, Pat is based in Featherston and is perhaps best known for his ongoing work with well-known drummer John Rae’s group, The Troubles.
Callum Riach - Drums -Callum is a current NZSM student with classical experience in National Youth and Secondary School Brass Bands. He began playing drums while growing up in Masterton.
This year we are teaming up with the Brewers Association to bring you some delicious Taco & Beer matches.
Pork Pibil Taco - $7
Black Bean Taco $7
Chicken Mole Taco $7
3x Mixed Tostadas $7
3x Mixed Tostadas matched with 3x 75ml beer tasters - $13
1 full size beer with Taco or Ceviche - $13.50
Mesita's focus of the pairings aim to show punters the world of opportunities when flavour matching beer. Customers will be able to select from a flight of beer tasters to pair with specially matched Mexican morsels or go all our for a full sized Taco to match a full beer.
Join us on July 6th to celebrate the wonderful Frida Kahlo's birthday.
Kahlo's work has been celebrated internationally as emblematic of Mexican national and Indigenous traditions, and by feminists for what is seen as its uncompromising depiction of the female experience and form.
Let's toast to Frida with a Margarita!
Tequila and Taco specials all night long!
See you there!