One of the most important factors in a touristic city is its gastronomy. Having a strong gastronomic presence and variety serve to capture tourists’ attention. We are not only talking about the city’s food or restaurants but also about different gastronomic events.
In Madrid city, different gastronomic events are organized and available for the locals as well as for visitors. We are going to describe the most important ones.
The market Madrid Productores is located in Plaza Matadero de Madrid, during the last weekend of every month. There, about 90 artisan producers related to the gastronomy of Madrid Community are gathered. The products have a relation producer-consumer and they are also of high quality, handcrafted and ecological.
Within the different types of food which can be found in this place, the best vegetables, cheese varieties, meet from “Sierra”, olives, honey, virgin olive oil, sourdough artisan bread, wine, vermouth, craft beer and many others stand out.
In this place, apart from finding goods, there are shows, talks, tastings of products and many other gastronomic activities. In addition, there is an area in which people can enjoy the products they buy, with tables and chairs.
Apart from being an attractive touristic point, the market contributes to the development of rural areas, helps small producers with the selling and promotion of their goods and brings awareness about the consumption of healthy food with the environment.
This gastronomic event suggests top level menus at reasonable prices for all kinds of public. The brand Freixenet is in charge of this event and there are many restaurants which are incorporated each year. People can try delicious dishes in emblematic buildings of Madrid like in a terrace in front of Palacio Real, in a tabern or in a table of a trendy pub in the city centre. The next edition will take place in April 2020.
Each of these gastronomic dates offers the chance of enjoying a luxurious sample with different seasonal goods. The prices range from 25 to 45 euros. Besides, 1 euro from each menu is destined to charity, more precisely to charity canteens which are managed by Mensajeros de la Paz, an ONG of Madrid.
Mercado Municipal de Productores
Another farmers market is carried out in the intersection of Planetario Avenue and Meneses, together with Parque Tierno Galván, near IMAX. Here, the focus is on green food products of a nearby regions. The market is available once a month.
The slogan of the place is the promotion of responsible, conscious and sustainable consumption. It is composed by 36 small producers who have their working place 120 km away from the capital. There, oils, vegetables, meat, fruit, natural juices, cheese, honey, preserves, eggs, fresh pasta, snacks, among others can be bought. Everything is focused on the ecological and handcrafted production.
Due to the growing demand of consumers to get food directly with the producers, Dirección General de Comercio y Emprendimiento del Área de Equidad, Derechos Sociales y Empleo promoted the creation of this space. It serves to boost the economy of these small producers, the handcrafted and sustainable consumption of food and the care of the natural environment.
This food market is characterized for being outdoors and having more than 20 stands. It offers different products and tastes of high quality, ideal to satisfy any need because they cover the Spanish gastronomy as well as the gastronomy of other parts of the world.
This street market has more than 20 proposals in which craft beer, selected wins to drink in cups, coffee from different parts of the world, fusion cuisine, international menus, hamburgers, crepes, Galician pies, artisanal goat cheese, cookies and many others can be enjoyed. Each person’s palate will be satisfied.
This place has the participation of many well-known chefs like Estanis Carenzo, Iván Domínguez, Luis Arévalo and Mario Sandoval. The MadrEAT takes place the third weekend of each month.
Cortezo Yatai Market
Decorated as if it were an Asian Street market, this gastronomic space is in Atocha Street. The decoration and smells of this place serve to illustrate cities like Tokio or Hong Kong.
Here, Asian street food can be enjoyed in its yatals, the name street food stands receive. Along both bars, sushi, beam, Vietnamese snacks, poke bowls and many other food items of the east, south and southeast of Asia can be tried and enjoyed. There also are two stands of traditional Asian fusion cuisine.
The place is open during the whole week from 12pm to 1 am. The average price is between 10 and 12 euros which covers one consumption.
The first gastronomic market of street food covered by a roof is found in the mall La Ermita. It works during weekends and it has a high quality offer.
The place has 500 square metres and it is located in the mall’s hall. It is formed by a drinks bar in the middle and 12 varied gastronomic stands. All of the menus are prepared at the moment and they include: ceviches, crepes, perritos and snacks, sushi, Chilean pies, stuffed potatoes, barbecue ribs, Brasilian and Venezuelan food and many others. Also, there is a great variety of desserts and pastries. This offer can be complemented with the tasting of cocktails, crafted beverages, different coffee options and even gourmet popcorn.
The place is open from Friday to Sunday during all the month from 12 to 00 during Friday and Sarturday while on Sunday, people can visit it from 12 to 6.