Man, time flies when you’re eating and drinking too much. Which is why you might be surprised to hear that the 10th anniversary edition of Feria Masticar – organized by culinary group A.C.E.L.G.A. – will be taking place in Buenos Aires from August 15-18 at El Dorrego. This year, the fair is most definitely the biggest and better version yet. Beyond the classic market, cooking classes, workshops, and incredible food on offer, there are loads of new additions to ensure that Masticar is more exciting and delicious than ever before.
Chefs and producers from across the country are placed center stage at Masticar, and as Argentina tunes in to the importance of eating locally and seasonally, the connection grows stronger. Where else will you be able to find more than 150 producers of everything from meat to cheese to fruit and vegetables to honey to spices and so much more? (Think blood oranges and tomate de árbol from Tucumán, artichokes from La Plata, and horseradish from Misiones.)
Once again, Peru is the special guest country, with gourmet godfather Gastón Acurio at the helm. He’ll be accompanied by José del Castillo, Coco Tomita, and Martha Palacios, some of Peru’s most notable chefs that have reached prestigious global rankings time and again. Even local hot shot Mauro Colagreco – head chef of Mirazur, recently named No. 1 in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards – will make an appearance, hosting a cooking class and workshop that surely can’t be missed.
Alright, but I know you want to hear more about the food. For the first time ever, participating restaurants and chefs are able to invite guests to join them for the fair, integrating a special dish into the menu on offer. For example, La Cabrera founder Gastón Riveira is bringing along Juan Garrido from Don Aristóbulo parrilla in Córdoba; Fernando Rivarola from El Baqueano’s special guest is Pablo Del Río (Siete Cocinas, Mendoza); oyster mecca Crizia will share its space with Peruvian chef Jaime Pesaque, and the list goes on. My favorite mashup is without a doubt Narda Comedor and Hong Kong Style: the hot and sour soup promises to change every porteño‘s mind about what is arguably an overlooked dish in Argentina.
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Of course, the regular standbys will be on call, ready to feed you. Look out for Don Julio, Tanta, Café San Juan, Los Petersen, Chila (two words: morcilla macaron), BASA, Alo’s, and more. And because it’s always important to shake things up a bit, new restaurants joining the Masticar fold in 2019 are Proper, Osaka, Hierbabuena, Club M Omakase (yep, start making room for all that fancy sushi like now), Siamo nel Forno, and Green Bamboo.
So watch this space: we’ll put together a can’t-miss guide to all the food, booze, and activities that will ensure your Feria Masticar 2019 experience is nothing short of 100 percent fan-fucking-tastic. That’s a guarantee. Oh, and for the love of God, please buy your tickets in advance. Waiting in line for hours is so 2018.