Paradise in Barcelona
When I entered the garden of the University of Barcelona, I saw the first food-truck, the palm trees and the Adams and Eves, I felt this is like the Garden of Eden. Sophisticated cuisine, breathtaking environment, cool people - this is the perfect recipe of All Those Market.
The food festival was first held in December 2014 at the main hall and garden of Universitat de Barcelona. It quickly became really popular so the summer edition took two days.
The aim of the organizers is to bring Barcelona's rising small-scale producers together and present them to public. It is recommended to visit their website because they make several interviews illustrating their stories. They think "a Better World is Possible through gastronomy".
Turning against usual is a brave thing to do. In the lobby of the university almost 60 homemade producers presented their products: meat, cheese, sauces, jams, herbs, breads, salads, vegetables and fruits but we saw knives and aprons as well.
They strive to praise the manual labor and the product made with heart and soul, that are not made in large-scale.
The garden was occupied by food-trucks and restaurants. The organizers chose the contributors that represent the highest standards and I think they succeeded.
Let’s see our menu. For starters we had English muffin (leavened bread rolls) with duck confit, sweet mustard, pickles with dill. The chefs of La Cocina Palpita stuffed the sandwich with Rucola, which gave a pleasant bitter flavour of the dish.
We definitely had to taste the locally produced, fresh tortillas by Eureka Street Food. One of them was a beef taco with green sauce, and the other was with a chorizo sausage, mango chutney, onion and coriander.
After this we found the truck of Comaxurros where they offered Churros (Catalans say Xurros). A machine shaped the desert then dropped it in to olive oil for a few minutes. Basically the original batter contains just flour, water, salt and a little oil, nothing else.
It was also great because it is not rolled in a sugar, but the cream and the strawberry sauce were so beautiful. This combination brings me to heaven. As much as I tried to smile, unfortunately they didn’t tell me the secret. Seriously, Churros were absolutely perfect, so it worth ending the menu with it, which was already awesome.
The festival organizers are planning to bring these small projects back more often. For this the public needs to discover the artisan products and natural flavours. I think I am going to schedule my next visit in Barcelona on the date of All Those Food Market.