On the third weekend of each month - set in a space sprouting with short and tall trees, patches of lawn surrounded by a modest collection of rather striking skyscrapers - Madrid throws a show: a gastronomic extravaganza, known as MadrEAT, intended to delight the very people that give this city a purpose - its inhabitants.
MadrEAT is one example of Madrid’s commitment to distinguish and celebrate the growing number of creative projects which have, rather recently, began to write a new story to Madrid’s otherwise traditional habits.
Each gastronomic endeavour, whether it is a taquería, a local brewery or a coffee shop, exists within the confines of a van. Spread out across a small park in Nuevos Ministerios, one of Madrid’s inner-north neighbourhoods, the vans - of various sizes, shapes and colours - serve as a glimpse into some of the culinary work of Madrid’s creative minds: those who are embracing the creativeness that is bound with making food and drinks.
During these special weekends, the usually calm, bare park is filled with the types of noises, smells and colours that a street food festival brings. There is laughter and plenty of it, there are conversations between friends, lovers, families and strangers, there is the smell of burning charcoal and grilled goodies, of spices and herbs not typically encountered along the streets of Madrid.
Under the sun which almost always comes along, people sit across tables and patches of grass, with plates filled with all the colours: green, fried artichokes sprinkled with a touch of salt, slices of purple Pulpo Gallego (octopus) accompanied by powdered paprika, rainbow coloured cupcakes, triangles of wood-oven pizza covered in cheese, capsicum and olives; thick, hot slices of wedges.
There is, of course, also the type of drinks menu that accompanies anyone’s caprices: coffee, beer, vermouth, gazpacho……
Each product, which has been selected by the committee, contributes to the culinary fusion that MadrEAT offers: from traditionally Spanish dishes - gazpacho, tortilla, pulpo Gallego - to concepts inspired by all the other places that make this world so colourful - Thailand, Argentina, Mexico - this festival offers the world in the modest space usually reserved for lunch breaks and walks.
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- Olga -