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Eat Street Festival – Innovative Street Food

Written by Garry Gallon

Once a month, somewhere in or around Barcelona, an event happens that would make any foodie salivate in delight. Even if exotic gastronomy isn’t your thing, you can surely get behind Eat Street: an epic event offering a huge variety of quality street food, with something for every taste.

Eat Street is the brainchild of BCNMES, the independent Barcelona culture magazine, thought up as a way to bring together the emerging wave of innovative street food sellers in Barcelona, the city’s top chefs and heavenly grub in one place. First held in April 2014, the event has expanded to bigger venues, with the first Christmas edition of the street market drawing in a crowd of over 150, 000.

An Epic Foodie Event

Photo by bolbolaan via Visual hunt / CC BY

Photo by bolbolaan via Visual hunt / CC BY

In two years, the Eat Street festival has attracted a variety of exciting chefs, both Catalan and foreign, to craft delicious, innovative street food.

Typically, you can sample a variety of world cuisine, from Japanese to Mexican food, from American cakes and pies to artisanal ice cream, with samples from many hip and exciting restaurants such as Caravelle and Mosquito. Veggies are also well catered for with top vegetarian/vegan restaurants such as Tonka or Bar Seco sending a “food ambassador”. Every stand or van is allowed to bring only two dishes to the food festival, which encourages the chefs to show off their very best work.

Related Article:  Barcelona’s best vegetarian food

Innovation and Fun

Photo by w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines) via Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

Photo by w4nd3rl0st (InspiredinDesMoines) via Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND

The event presents farmers markets, workshops, talks, and releases of wines and Barcelona beers throughout the year. The last, highly successful edition of the festival was held in July in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat. Themed after The Walking Dead, the event was invaded by an army of flesh-eating zombies. But guests didn’t need to worry, the monsters were mostly after the variety of food on offer, and everyone in attendance, zombies and non-zombies alike, partied together until 5 a.m.!

The Future

It’s this playful sense of fun and innovation that drives the monthly festival on. After a break in August, the next Eat Street event, a special edition, will be held in the small town of Tárrega in the Lleida province, in September. It will coincide with Fira Tàrrega, the annual street theater and performing arts festival. Getting there is easy: Tárrega has a train station and is approximately a one and a half hour drive from Barcelona.

About the author

Garry Gallon

A Scotsman living in Barcelona who loves the culture of the city, and finding out about what it has to offer.

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