By Clarissa Buch for Miami New Times
La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel, a pop-up Spanish food-topia that debuted in Miami last fall, is slated to reopen Thursday, October 20, in Bayfront Park through January 2017.
The market, which mirrors a similar version found in Madrid, Spain, will feature a myriad of Latin dining options, along with retail and live entertainment. It will appear fairly identical to its 2015 iteration.
To address overcrowding issues, which often plagued last year’s market, a hostess stand will guard La Feria’s entrance, requiring guests to check in. According to reps, it will make it easier to deal with large parties or an influx of multiple smaller groups. If a group includes more than ten guests, they can reach out to the market’s general manager to make a reservation.
Curated by Montserrat Valle, owner of the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid, La Feria will offer four culinary stations, ranging from meat and fish to tapas and rice. There will also be a brick-oven station, which will feature daily baked and roasted specials and host guest chef programs and cooking classes.
At La Feria’s meat counter, snag a taste of secreto ibérico, a premium cut of Iberian-bred pork cooked slowly to enhance flavor and texture. If you’re still hungry, try the beef churrasco, cooked traditionally in a Josper oven, which is a Spanish charcoal grill oven known for its high temperatures and ability to preserve flavor.
Find a large raw bar selection, including iced, sweet red prawns, oysters, king crab, and other seasonal seafood, at the market’s fish station. Small seafood-inspired plates include semi mojama — cured tuna served with fried almonds — and Galician-style octopus.