19 Embassies - One Night of Food, Music, Art and Drinks at Noche Iberoamericana Festival
Meet and socialize with over 200 internationally-minded professionals along with diplomatic staff from up to 19 embassies. Attend on your own or with friends! Indulge in food tastings of native delicacies prepared especially for you by the embassies represented.
We are completely sold out. Look forward to seeing you at a future event!

Event Date

Friday, June 9, 2017 at 6:30 PM

Event Address

Mexican Cultural Institute
2829 16th St NW
Washington DC 20009

Requested Attire

Business or cocktail attire requested. Please note that all attendees must be 21 and over.

Event Description

We cordially request the pleasure of your company for a very special cultural event presented in cooperation with 19 Ibero-American embassies including the embassies of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Portugal, Dominican Republic, Spain, Uruguay, Panama and Venezuela.

The event is presented at the Mexican Cultural Institute of the Embassy of Mexico, one of Washington's most magnificent and grand diplomatic venues. As you enjoy the evening, taste delectable local delicacies of the Iberoamerican countries being presented along with wine and handcrafted cocktails. The evening also includes live musical performances and artwork on display. This multicultural fiesta is a great opportunity to meet representatives from up to 19 countries presenting the event along with internationally minded professionals attending the event.

Attend on your own or with friends for an evening of music, art, food & wine at this very special cultural festival presented with the participation of 19 embassies. The entertainment, food, drinks and other event details are subject to change as we continue to refine the event.


• Gazpacho (Spanish cold tomato soup)
• Ham and Cod Croquettes
• Cortadillo de Cidra "Inés Rosales" (Citrus Crumble Cake). )

• Cuban Style Roasted Pork and sauteed w/ mojo and onions
• Cassava w/ Cuban mojo
• Guava and Cheese
• Chipa Guazu: Traditional "chipa" (bread) prepared with fresh corn grains, sautéed onions, eggs, milk, and cheese.
• Pastel Mandi'o: Also known as Yuca Empanada. A dough made of pureed yuca, eggs, and corn flour filled with seasoned ground beef and vegetables and a spoonful of shredded hard boiled eggs.
• Dulce de Mamon: Delightful dessert made of mamon (papaya) fruits, sugar, and ground clove.

Brazil (For VIP Guests Only)
• Hearts of palm mini pies
• Shrimp rissoles 
• Potato and dried beef croquettes

Also Enjoy... (Please note that we may add, change, or remove components of the program)

•  Indulge in "Uchuvas," a Colombia dessert made with cape gooseberry, chocolate and Porto from Portugal.
•  The Embassy of Peru will offer the Peruvian signature drink Pisco Sour.
•  The Embassy of Portugal will offer Porto to accompany dessert later in the evening.
•  Guests will also enjoy wine from Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. 
•  Two business class round trip to Peru will be offered in a raffle.
•  The Embassy of El Salvador will also offer a signature drink “Cuco Beach” a mix with sugarcane liquor “Chaparro
Flor de Fuego”, and two favorite Salvadoran fruits, jocote and nance syrup.
•  The Embassies of Argentina and Uruguay will present a delightful tango performance to commemorate the centennial of La Cumparsita.
• The Embassy of Paraguay will present Requinto´s Prodigy Josecito Alvarenga.
• Enjoy a live musical presentation by the group "Sound Impact" courtesy of the Embassy of Costa Rica. The group will perform music from Costa Rica and other countries in Latin America. Sound Impact was recently awarded a grant by The Foundation for the Advancement of String Education and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. 

And VIP Guests will also enjoy (VIP reception is from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM for guests who reserve VIP Tickets):

•  The Embassy of Guatemala will offer Daiquiri made with Zacapa rum for VIP guests.
•  The Embassy of Mexico will offer Mexican wine for VIP guests.
•  VIP program will include Brazilian hors d’oeuvres served at the beginning.

Please reserve your tickets now, as the event is expected to sell out in advance. All attendees must be 21 and over.

Festivities for the evening start at 6:30 PM for VIP Guests and 7:30 PM for General Admission guests. We recommend that you arrive on time. The event is organized as a festival to celebrate Ibero American culture. As such there are many facets to the evening and the evening is planned so that you can mingle and walk inside the Mexican Cultural Center to enjoy your evening. Kindly note that the event is not organized as a sit-down event or dinner function but rather as a stand up cocktail reception with authentic food tastings.

We are completely sold out. Look forward to seeing you at a future event!


  No Tickets are currently available. For additional assistance, please contact us.

Please note that online ticket sales are non-refundable.

Event Agenda (May change)

6:30 PM VIP Admission Commences
Enjoy a special VIP reception from 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM with an Ecuadoran chocolate tasting, a signature rum drink from Guatemala, a diplomatic greeting and tour of the Historic Mansion promptly at 7:00 PM. Please ensure that you arrive by 6:30 PM to enjoy the VIP benefits. We are unable to issue you a refund if you arrive late and miss any of the VIP Admission benefits.

7:30 PM General Admission Commences
Art Exhibition Viewing
Enjoy wine and drinks served at the bar
Food tastings presented until 8:30 PM
Enjoy an evening of music and Ibero-American culture
Please arrive on time, when the event starts, to enjoy the entertainment presented during the evening

9:30 PM Bar Service Concludes

10:00 PM Event Concludes


Please note that parking is limited to street parking in the vicinity and the availability of parking is extremely limited due to the proximity to Adam's Morgan. Due to the lack of parking, we do not recommend that you drive to this event and highly recommend a cab, Uber/Lyft or other transportation option.

Please note that the map is enclosed below as a courtesy to you and for your convenience but we do not guarantee the accuracy of the map or the directions provided by Google. It is your responsibly to arrive safely and on time at the address of the event disclosed above.

Parking is limited to street parking in the vicinity of the venue. Kindly note that, as is the case in most major cities, the availability of street parking in Washington DC is limited and beyond our control. Due to the limited availability of parking, we highly recommend a cab, Uber/Lyft or other transportation option. The event start at the designated time so please allow sufficient time for traffic/travel/transportation and parking as these factors are beyond our control.

Event Notes

From Paraguay, South America

Josecito started at 6 years old, thanks to his father and his musical group named Itapúa 3, where he started his first lessons on guitar. After unveiling his talent, his parents introduced him to singing contests, winning many local and regional competences. That was when Josecito decided to completely dedicate himself to music.

By the eager age of 8 he had already recorded two discs. Known as the “Prodigy Kid who conquered the nation” he began the first of many tours between Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. During his teen years he won many contests including the famous “Festival de San Juan Nepomuceno”.

An important highlight in these years was the honour of receiving an invitation from the European Union to perform in representation of Paraguay in Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Sydney in an international Young Festival. After returning from his European tour, he continued his professional music studies at the Kansas Music University. In this time he also performed in Orlando, Florida.

After coming back he released his first album as a solo artist named “PRECISO DE TU AMOR”, also with original songs.
Josecito received many important national distinctions as “guitar prodigy” at important festivals such as “Sonidos del Bicentenario” in 2011, , Reducción Jesuítica de Trinidad and the  Festival de la Locomotora in 2014.
In 2016 Josecito travelled to to New York and New Jersey to give concerts, and later to Washington D.C.  for the celebration of the Independence Day where he had the opportunity to perform at the Theater of the BID, and in another chance along with world famous guitarist Berta Rojas in the Gramo-Paraguay Festival, where he was distinguished by the Paraguayan Embassy in Washington D.C.

In 2017 he returned to Washington D.C. to perform again at the same Independence Day Festival.