Every year Steve has a work conference in Barcelona (hard life I know) and last year we took full advantage by spending a weekend in the Catalonia capital. It just happened that the weekend we were there was the weekend of Tast a La Rambla, a food fair which runs for a 4 day period in early June and is held on the most famous street in the city. We were so lucky to have stumbled across the fair and with 2018’s event taking place in just a week’s time here’s my top 5 reasons why you should book a flight now (or maybe plan for next year if you aren’t feeling quite so spontaneous)…
1) Spoilt for choice
If you’re anything like me, choosing restaurants to eat at when you’re only in a city for a few days is a real struggle, especially in somewhere like Barcelona which has such an amazing food scene. Tast a La Rambla means you don’t have to – 60 of the city’s best restaurants have stalls with over 70 of Barcelona’s leading chefs represented, meaning you can sample dishes from a whole host of places – an indecisive’s dream!
2) Get hands on
As well as food stalls there are also workshops running across the four days with everything from wine tasting to tapas making included. All the sessions are just walk ins meaning you can fit a visit around sightseeing or siesta’ing as you wish.
3) Bang for your buck
Not only will you get to try out a whole host of Barca’s best cuisine, but you’ll also get to do it at a fraction of the normal price. The set up of the fair means chefs serve up their most famous dishes as small taster plates for just a few euros, meaning you can get that party in your mouth without the pull on your purse strings.
4) Viva España
Traditionally La Rambla is a tourist hotspot, filled with the usual abundance of touts and selfie sticks, however when Tast a La Rambla arrives it brings with it a real authentic Spanish vibe as the fair is a firm favourite with locals. It’s a great chance to experience one of Barcelona’s gems in it’s purest form under a string of fairly lights with a bottle of Estrella.
5) Don’t forget the dim sum
In 2018, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of Barcelona’s best loved restaurants, the michelin star awarded Dos Palillos, there will be a new ‘Asia street food’ section with the best dishes from the cities asian influenced hotspots alongside entertainment around asian folklore.
Have you ever stumbled across a great event during your travels? What’s the best food fair you’ve been to?