In addition to being awed by the Obelisco, Avenida de Mayo, or the non-stop nightlife, the one thing that that really seems to dazzle expats in Argentina is the meat. Meat seems to be the pulse of the city, found in corner empanada shops, shiny bakery display cases, and discreetly tucked into even the most unlikely dishes.
Additionally, keeping in mind that dulce de leche is considered a perfectly acceptable breakfast option, fruits and vegetables take somewhat of a back seat in Argentine cuisine. Personally, I’ve sunk low enough to consider jam-filled alfajores as my fruit portion of the day.
While it may seem that Buenos Aires is a vegetarian’s utter nightmare, there are still plenty of options for those looking for a leafier alternative to red meat. This upcoming weekend, health foodies won’t want to miss the Buenos Aires Food Festival, where 70 dedicated food vendors come together to present over 600 different heart-healthy products.
You can either munch on a snack as you stroll through the maze of food carts and vegetable stands, or share a common table and chat with the chef who brings you your food. No matter whether you’ve been following the same diet for years, or have recently picked up on a new trend, chefs ranging from raw food to “fast good” will be there to represent the entire spectrum of health conscious eating.
If you’re still not convinced that this event is your cup of tea, rest assured that there will be enough variety of food to indulge even the pickiest of eaters. Besides fruits and vegetables, you’ll find mounds of cereals, pastas, spices, and grains, as well as oils and marmalades, all at a discounted price. Plus, entrance is completely free and, if you can break away from the food for a moment, there are complementary lectures, workshops, and cooking classes.
The gazebos lining the park are usually crowded, so even if you don’t buy anything, it might be worth at least the people watching. Imagine the San Telmo feria, but instead of leaving with a bag full of dusty antiques, you’ll end up with a satisfied belly full of clean food.
So whether you’re a die-hard vegan, or just trying to spare one of our cow friends this weekend, there are plenty of venues offering fresh goods that’ll quench your hunger without suffocating your arteries. And don’t worry, the parillas will be right there where you left them.
The Buenos Aires Food Festival takes place each month in Buenos Aires; this month, it’ll be located in Parque Rivadavia, Av. Rivadavia al 4800, Caballito, on December 6-7 from 10 AM to 7 PM.
For a complete list of vendors and products, click here.