Feria Masticar 2016

Feria Masticar 2016

I’m not usually a “festival” person. Long lines, massive crowds, getting jostled around without much to show for it… sometimes it’s just too stressful to handle. However, there are times when taking a deep breath and diving into the insanity is all part of the fun.

It’s time for Feria Masticar, the star of Buenos Aires’ burgeoning food movement, now in its fifth year running. Waving the #ComerRicoHaceBien flag, it promises four days of eating and drinking extravaganzas, with the city’s best and brightest talent showcasing their goodies for the people.

In an effort to make the experience more enjoyable for everyone involved, this year the fair is sort of an XL reloaded version of itself, having annexed a few extra blocks and open spaces surrounding El Dorrego. There’s a whole brasas section, a beer garden, tons of market vendor stands in the middle of it all, and more space overall to stroll/scarf/lie down when your food baby gets too big.

Let’s get down to business. Here’s my shortlist of what you can’t miss from this year’s edition:

Feria Masticar 2016 / i Latina

Savory

  • Chorichang by Astor Bistro (the wild boar raviolis are also the jam, slurp up that brodo, bro)
  • Arepas de pollo y cerdo braseado by i Latina (#PuraSabrosura)
  • Oysters from Patagonia (served both raw and breaded in Panko) by Crizia
  • Chorifish + Cebichón by La Mar (be prepared for XXXL lines, however, everyone wants a piece of Gastón Acurio’s Peruvian magic)
  • Empanadas de Yacaré by El Baqueano (yep, you’re going to eat caiman)
  • 100-hour Bondiola by Pura Tiera (Chef Martín Molteni literally makes me want to live in a cabin)
  • Pulpitos by my favorite neighbors BASA
  • Pastrón by Mishiguene
  • Prawns by Gipponi + Rastellino (#UnaToneladaDeLangostinos)

Feria Masticar 2016 / CriziaSweet

  • Sugar rush chocolates by Compañía de Chocolates
  • Dolce Morte ice creams by Elena (smoked milk has never been so sexy)
  • Elderflower sorbet by Cassis
  • Cookies by Santa Teresita (if you weren’t lucky enough to summer in José Ignacio, now’s your chance)
  • Chocolate Cardamom Mousse by the Nespresso Patisserie

Feria Masticar 2016 / GanciaDrinks

  • Bar de Vinos by CAVE (rent a glass for 100 pesos and go to town on some fancy wines from Argentina’s best bodegas)
  • Alfredo Romero + more by Ludovico De Biaggi at the Gancia Cocktail Truck
  • Mimosa de Remolacha by Julep
  • Negroni Balestrini at Florería Atlántico (points for their awesome floral garnishes and beards)
  • Pisco Punk by 878
  • Everything coffee by the Nespresso Patisserie (go for the coffee + chocolate pairings to really get your blood sugar roaring)

This obviously doesn’t cover everything, but these recommendations will guarantee you leave having sipped and nibbled one some of the best that Masticar has to offer this year.

Feria Masticar 2016 / El Esteco

Double up on patience before you arrive, be prepared to get pushed around by surprisingly strong Argentine grannies, and take a lap or two before you commit to anything. Crowds are more manageable later in the evening, and if you go on Sunday when things are winding down you might be able to take home some of the goods (one woman I spoke to made off with 14kg of clams last year… why that seemed tantalizing to her I will never know).

Feria Masticar
Zapiola 50 – El Dorrego
Now through Sunday, May 8, every day from noon-11pm

Entrance $80
Dishes & drinks range from $50-80
Be smart – Buy tickets in advance here

Feria Masticar 2016 / Florería AtlánticoFeria Masticar 2016 / Pura TierraFeria Masticar 2016 / NespressoFeria Masticar 2016 / Choribondi by La Cabrera

 

Feria Masticar Buenos Aires

For those of us that really love food, and not just in the gluttonous way of stuffing our faces into oblivion, but in the way that we truly think that what and how we eat can make a difference, it’s easy to admit that the winds of change have been blowing through Buenos Aires lately. Sure, there will probably never be a Whole Foods here, and we might never see the day of a sushi place without Philadelphia in each and every roll, but there is a growing movement that is raising awareness about the importance and value of truly eating well.

There’s been the Buenos Aires Market, hosted one weekend a month for the last six months all over BA, which has been giving natural and organic producers a space to educate people via their food. And of course the classic, El Galpón, a farmer’s market in Chacarita that has been taking place every Wednesday and Saturday for the past several years.

However, nothing of such magnitude has perhaps been organized in BA before such as the upcoming Feria Masticar. The Feria is organized by by ACELGA (acronym that also means “chard” in Spanish), a varied group of chefs that all believe in the power and future of Argentine cuisine, and as such have joined forces to bring about a series of common values and objectives to achieve their goals. During November 16-18 at El Dorrego (the original Mercado de las Pulgas space on the edge of Palermo Hollywood/Colegiales) there will be a massive event – food stands, a market, wine tasting, and tons of different cooking classes/workshops hosted by the local greats (think Narda Lepes, Hernán Gipponi, Dolli Irigoyen, and more).

The Feria’s motto – Comer Rico Hace Bien – is simple and summarizes perfectly the mission of these chefs that have organized the whole thing. Its aim is to break down the walls, invite people in, and celebrate all that Argentina’s local cuisine has to offer. From learning about eating seasonally to mixing things up from the typical milanesa and fideos, Feria Masticar will be three days of pure foodgasms for everyone to enjoy. Don’t miss it! Here are some photos from the event launch in Casa Arévalo.

Feria Masticar
El Dorrego
Zapiola 50 – between Concepción Arenal & Dorrego
November 16-17 – From 12pm-11pm
November 18 – From 12pm-10pm
Entrance AR$30
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