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El Camion Halloween and Day of the Dead Weekender

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It’s Thursday, which probably means the weekend wriggles have started – the office suddenly feels even more of a cage than usual, and our minds drift away from spreadsheets and towards all of the fun we’ll be having as soon as the clock hand ticks round to Friday sign-off.

And today there’s a chance you’ll be even more excitable than usual, because this weekend brings all the ghoulish delight and spooky spectacle of Halloween with it. And, to paraphrase Mean Girls, it’s the one time a year where you can dress up and no one else can say anything about it…

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So, are you one of the clued up people that already have plans with us here at El Camion, or are you still racking your brains as to what the best festivities might be? We can tell you that – it’s a no-brainer on the scale of someone that’s just had their cranium sucked dry by a zombie. The only party to attend is the El Camion Weekender – two days of cracking, creepy cocktails, face-paint fandangos and more thriller dance moves than a Michael Jackson convention.

Beginning on Friday 31st from 6.00pm, we open our doors to all of those wanting to celebrate Halloween in style. Fling on your most hair-raising attire, mount your broomstick and come join us for one spooky Halloween party, where our expert bartenders have created some creepy and creative cocktails for you to enjoy. Our resident DJs will be spinning some spooky tunes to get your spirit in the mood for dancing, and there will no doubt be shots galore to ward off any evil souls. Then on Saturday night we bring in Day of the Dead in true Mexican fashion, with tequila galore and the necessary face paints – join us in getting your skull-face on for a Dia de Muertos spectacular.

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Both events are completely free, with no charge on the door, and continue into the early witching hours of 3am at our awesome late license Pink Chihuahua bar. There really is no where better to take your body this weekend.

Take a look at our Facebook event here, and we hope to see you dressed up to the max for some spirited fun!

Our Day of the Dead Party Punch Competition

Our infamous Day of the Dead party is fast approaching on the 1st November and we are working hard to make sure that it is a party to remember! (Or not, as the case may be…)

There is one thing that is certain to kick any party off to a great start – and that is one tasty, juicy, fruity punch. We’ll be serving a punch so special at our Day if the Dead party that our bartenders actually fought over who would be creating it.

Everyone thinks that their punch is the best – that they have a “secret ingredient” that will blow all other punches out of the water. But, to make it a fair fight, we decided to hold an in-house cocktail-making competition – and the winner’s concoction would be the featured punch at Day of the Dead.

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There were many entries from our talented bar team. We had a pink coconut shake garnished with a chilli-salt pineapple slice; we had a creme de cassis fan’s dream, which was fruitier than Carmen Miranda’s headwear. A hot contender was a peach iced tea cocktail, made up with our favourite spirit of all, tequila, mixed with peach liqueur and black tea.

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However, a decision had to be made. Which punch was to be served by the gallon in sharing fish bowls at our Day of the Dead party? We needed something fresh, something spicy, something with a kick, something that would scare the spirits away back to the other world – or something to make them stay and party with us into the night.

Roman’s creation, served up in a cactus-stemmed margarita glass, was crowned the winner. Made with Chartreuse, vanilla and chilli, it was fruity enough for a punch bowl but demonic enough for Halloween weekend. Party-goers you are in for a treat!

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We look forward to seeing you, punch in hand, at Day of the Dead!

El Camion Gets Some Grand Reviews!

With food and cocktail bloggers bounding about the place then more reviews are appearing online – and we’ve been lucky enough to be featured on two great websites.

Check out the reviews here – we think they left as happy Campos!

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Day of the Dead at El Camion!

We are pretty renowned for our awesome Day of the Dead (Dia de Los Muertos) parties and can’t wait for this year’s one on Saturday 2nd November! Never celebrated Day of the Dead before? Let us tell you what you’ve been missing.

Day of the Dead is like Halloween – but way cooler. It is a Mexican holiday that takes place from 31st October to 2nd November and it is a time for people to get together and remember friends and family who have died. During this period the spirits of the deceased come down to party with their loved ones, and festivals and parades take place and graves are decorated with colourful flowers, traditional foods and gifts.

Shrine on!

Shrine on!

The Skull Thing

The sugar skull is a famous symbol of Mexican culture and its link to the Day of the Dead began thousands of years ago when people used to keep skulls as trophies to symbolise death and rebirth. Then, later on, when sugar became big business in Mexico, people started making sugar skulls as part of their Day of the Dead festivities.

Over the years the patterns and designs have got crazy and now loads of people display them all year round because they look wicked. People even have them tattooed on their bodies.

Hey you, I like the look of your skull

Hey you, I like the look of your skull

Party!

Our Day of the Dead party, historically, is the best outside of Mexico. Everyone dresses up, there’s free face-painting and we party like its our last day on earth with music from our resident DJs, the Cash Cows, and bucket-loads of tequila.

Come down and join us on 1st November and celebrate Day of the Dead with El Camion!

Party on!

Party on!

Mexicano Mariachi Style!

 

Mexico got style! If you’ve ever seen a Mariachi musician, it’s plain to see. Don’t know what we’re chatting about? If you watch Steve Martin’s 1986 smash, Three Amigos!, that might give you half a clue.

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Celebrate World Vegetarian Day in Mexican Style with El Camion

Grab your greens, chuck your chicken and step away from the steak – today is World Vegetarian Day! And while we love a bit of animal flesh as much as the next person, we also offer some absolutely awesome options for those wanting to avoid meat.

 

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