May is a pleasant month in the UK – usually the weather is starting to turn nicer (usually… ) and there are two bank holidays to make the working weeks a bit shorter.
This year, on the first of these long weekends, the Southbank turned Spanish with Streets of Spain, a food and wine event sponsored by Campo Viejo. Celebrated Spanish wine brand, Campo Viejo, brought the atmosphere, colours and tastes of Spain to the streets of London with its Streets of Spain festival – a four-day celebration of modern Spanish wine, food, culture and art. This event saw the areas around the Royal Festival hall became the London ‘Boqueria’. The Boqueria is Barcelona’s Borough Market – an established, old food market where fresh fruit and vegetables are carefully and colourfully arranged on the stands, fresh juices sold and drank while shoppers peruse the fresh staple and the traditional meats such as chorizo and hams and cheeses.
A few of the Boqueria sellers had moved to London for the occasion and the smells and the sights were something to behold. After browsing the stalls ourselves, we took our seats in the pop up restaurant for a Bank holiday Spanish breakfast masterclass with Benjamin Dominguez Tarancon and Joaquin Marquez Duran of La Boqueria. We sipped a glass of Campo Viejo cava, and listened to the introduction to the event by the Boqueria PR. It was a bit hard to hear the presentations due to the throng of people in the outside areas, but it was interesting to hear how the dish we’d be enjoying was prepared: Fried Eggs and Mushrooms the Spanish way. Wild, field mushrooms, caramelized onions, spring onions and parsley, it was a lovely and filling dish. The market sellers enjoy a similar treat when they take a break during their market hours.
The lively Streets of Spain lasted the whole weekend with plenty of related events such as a pop up tapas restaurant to tantalise tastebuds of Londoners and visitors alike.
Thanks Campo Viejo and Weber Shandwick for inviting us to such a pleasant way of starting the bank holiday Monday. All photos courtesy of Roadstar Images