Over the last two months you’ve probably made your way past Bayfront Park, whether for a concert at the amphitheater or American Airlines Arena, a Heat game, or maybe even some yoga in the park (fyi, if you don’t know – now you know, yoga at Bayfront Park is a thing, look into it!) and noticed the huge tent and massive ‘M’ arch that’s taken over the large open space that we all know best as where the stages for Ultra Music Festival will soon be. It’s La FERIA, the official ambassador of the legendary Mercado de San Miguel food market located in Madrid, Spain, and it has reopened in the heart of downtown Miami in Bayfront Park. It’s back for its second year.
La FERIA is open Thursday – Sunday through early February 2017. La FERIA has been enhanced and expanded from last year with a new layout inspired by traditional Mediterranean building techniques, a double ventilated roof, state-of- the-art lighting and lush landscaping. Produced within 9,000-square- feet of combined interior and exterior tent space, the atmosphere brings the tastes, smells, sounds and feeling of the iconic Spanish establishment to life. This year La FERIA celebrates the original Mercado de San Miguel’s 100 year anniversary.
Curated by thought leader Montserrat Valle – the owner of the Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid – La FERIA marries Spanish gastronomy with local ingredients carefully sourced from artisans, bakers, and farmers. Originally opened in 1916 and later renovated by Valle in 2009, La FERIA aims to re-create classic dishes in the style of yesteryear. The culinary experience is overseen by Chef Xavi Oteiza, who along with Valle has created four main “kiosks” in the form of free standing, themed mini shops.
The main kiosks are Meat, Fish, Pintxos – think tapas, and Rice – hello, paella! Four smaller carts interspersed within the space will feature additional treats, including Spanish cheeses like Manchego, Tetilla, Mahon and Cabra; house-made and specially sourced charcuterie, all accompanied by house-made sugar-free marmalades and chutneys; 5-J Iberian Ham featuring their award-winning Paleta and Jamon Iberico de Bellota; and grab-and- go prepared salads in glass jars. Of course, there’s always a dessert cart. Don’t miss out on the Tarta de Santiago or the Chocolate Dome Cake, we were completely in love!
You can always expect some kind of action while enjoying a nice glass (or two) of wine in this beautiful setting. There’s dancers and bands on occasion to keep you more than entertained. We recommend planning on sticking around for a while and spending an afternoon under the tent. The charcuterie board is not to be missed and the chorizo paella was a hard one to turn away even after we were full, and don’t even get us started on how refreshing the red sangria was.
La FERIA is open at 5pm on Thursdays and Fridays and 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For more information visit: www.laferiamsm.com.