Mexican Day of the Dead Celebration Comes to Birmingham

Food for Thought: A Special Celebration for Day of the Dead is heading to Birmingham on Thursday 3 November.

Enjoy food cooked by a Mexican chef, a tour of top city attraction Coffin Works, a film and a discussion over cake and drinks. This Day of the Dead event brings the Mexican tradition into the heart of Birmingham and invites people to learn more about the foundations of this popular event.

The evening will begin with a guided tour of the museum’s Stamp Room. You’ll learn about a Jewerelly Quarter firm which produced some of the world’s finest coffin furniture. The Newman Brothers created fittings for the funerals of Joseph Chamberlin, Winston Churchill and the Queen Mother.

BrumYODO Board Member Diane Parkes Chef and Itzatna Artist Alfredo Hau Coffin Works Museum Manager Sarah Hayes. Photo – Anne-Marie Hayes

Afterwards, the guests will be invited to dinner, discovering how the Mexicans honour their ancestors. They’ll taste traditional festival foods specially created by Birmingham-based Chef and Visual Artist Alfredo Hau of Itzatna Arts.

Alfredo will blend Catholic and Mayan traditions and recipes including the traditional ‘Mucbipollo’. Mucbipollo is a rich, earth-baked, Yucatecan chicken pie. As well as that he will also serve up a corncake dessert and refreshing Mexican mocktails.

After dinner, Itzatna Arts will give a presentation about the regional traditions of ‘Hanal Pixan’ which translates as ‘food for the souls’ in the Yucatan. People will see short films and videos from Itzatna’s immersive dining experience in 2021.

There will also be an informal conversation over cake and drinks facilitated by BrumYODO. BrumYODO is a community interest company founded to promote open and honest discussion around death and dying.

Food for Thought: A Special Celebration for Day of the Dead takes place at Coffin Works in Fleet Street, Birmingham, B3 1JP, on Thursday 3 November between 6.30-8.30pm.

Tickets cost £25 including a two-course meal, with vegan and vegetarian options and mocktails followed by a choice of wine, beer, tea or coffee. Places are limited so book yours at    https://the-coffin-works.arttickets.org.uk/ today.

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