Written by SFG and Press Release, in The South Florida Gourmet.com
On the heels of last year’s resounding success, La FERIA by Mercado de San Miguel – a pop-up version of the 100-year-old Mercado de San Miguel, the legendary food market in Madrid, Spain – reopens in Bayfront Park in downtown Miami from Thursday, October 20, 2016 through January 2017.
This year, to celebrate the original Mercado de San Miguel’s 100 year anniversary, La FERIA has expanded to 9,000 square feet of interior and exterior tent spacefilled with vendors offering the tastes, the wines, the smells, sounds and feel of the original Spanish food market. Curated by Montserrat Valle – the owner of the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid – the culinary hotspot in the heart of Miami is overseen by Chef Xavi Oteiza, who along with Valle has created “kiosks” in the form of free standing, themed mini shops.
In addition to cheeses from different regions in Spain, paellas, churros and hot chocolate, and cocktails under the state-of-the-art tent, highlights include a Meat Kiosk, which serves Secreto Iberico, a premium cut of Iberian bred pork slowly cooked to juicy morsels; Hot Dog of Butiffara, the classic Catalonian Butiffara; and Beef Churrasco, which like all of the meat served from this kiosk, will be cooked in a Josper – a Spanish charcoal grill oven known for preserving flavors with meats cooked at incredibly high temperatures.
The Fish Kiosk displays a raw bar selection and offers cold seafood preparations including iced, sweet red prawns, oysters, king crab and other seasonal seafood available at market price. Small plate offerings include Semi Mojama, a cured tuna served with fried almonds, Galician Style Octopus; as well as Marinated Salted Cod among others.
The Pintxos Kiosk, also known as the “tapas emporium,” will offer a daily changing variety of small bites. Traditional dishes range from an assortment of cured olives and skewers of beets to Ham Croquetas; the classic Gilda with pickled guindilla peppers, white anchovies, and green olives on a toothpick; golden fried squid served in paper cones; and stuffed Piquillo Peppers with Brandade.
The Rice Kiosk (Arroces) will offer traditional Spanish Seafood Paella and several other rice specials served in tapas size portions or made to order in individual paelleras that will vary according to the size of the group.
Four, smaller carts interspersed within the space will feature additional treats, including Spanish cheeses like Manchego, Tetilla, Mahon and Cabra; house-made and specially sourced charcuterie, all accompanied by house-made sugar-free marmalades and chutneys; 5-J Iberian Ham featuring their award-winning Paleta and Jamon Iberico de Bellota; and grab-and-go prepared salads in glass jars. A brick oven, completely covered in gold, will feature daily baked and roasted specials, and will act as the centerpiece for a “Guest Chef” program and cooking classes.
Finish the gastronomic journey at the dessert cart, with nostalgic flavors like the Ensaimada Mallorquinas filled with freshly whipped cream, Tarta de Santiago, the iconic almond tart of northern Spain; Tres Chocolates, a decadent three chocolate cake, and the Nougat de Turron de Jijona crème brûlée style.