Organised by the local newspaper BCNmes, Eatstreet, what they lable as a Street food festival, has moved out into the open. Located this time outside the shiny new Encants market in the plaza Glories, I was hoping for a little more legroom to enjoy all the snacks and food sold by the ever popular pop up food trucks. The last time I tried to forage for my lunch at Eatstreet, I didn’t fancy the queue that went around the block to get into the venue, at that time located in Poble Sec, and went home hungry.
But I figured if Eatstreet was in a plaza this time, there probably wouldn’t be a queue, right? Off we went, bellies rumbling. It was packed, I could barely move. At least we could get in. I based my lunch not on taste but on which eatery had the shortest queue. Perhaps not the wisest choice, but if you are hungry and suffering slightly from claustrophobia, the ONLY choice.
We tried some yummy steamed buns from Red Ant, and then a not so yummy noodle bowl from Mirella.
My conclusions after coming, seeing and sort of conquering Eatstreet are these: Barcelona clearly needs more pop up streetfood markets. I find it odd in a city that has a millennia long tradition of food markets; the historic Boqueria, the cheese and honey market in the Gotic and practically an organic pig leg market shop on each corner in every barrio, that a caravanesque hotdog stand and hipster coffee market isn’t a weekly event? Hello did you see the queues? There is money to be made and food to be eaten. Clearly! Now someone make it happen! So I can eat, or at least try Everything! Nest time, however, I will endeavour to visit at a time when no-one wants to eat, like at 5pm. That’s my plan!