Feria de Salamanca
by Laura Ellis on Monday, September 06, 2010
Without a doubt anyone even considering a visit to Spain this week, or even those already here, cannot fail to miss the fesitivies taking place in the university city of Salamanca. The streets lie adorned with Casetas (small food stands) serving up local delicacies, each with its own speciality; whilst music can be heard all around and into the early hours! No wonder that I for one have never seen the streets so full!! One of the most amazing things for me is the clear popularity of festivals such as these in Spain, as instead of the normally full restaurants, they lie empty and these street attractions appear to have taken all their customers.
One of the main attractions of a visit here however has to be the clear popularity of these stands, with crowds surrounding each one, I was often left to wonder how on earth they would have enough food to serve all these people, but my stomach had need not fear, I saw no instance of a lack of food, and indeed my friends and I are debating the idea of wandering round at closing time to see what freebie foods we can source. It demonstrates quite clearly as well the quality of the food, as well as the importance of variety, as a single stand alone offers up six different varieties, and I have yet to see a single one without a customer.
So what did I have to eat? Well, an iberian burrito started off the day, and wow what a way to go! Although not food typically thought of as spanish, being more mexican in origin, this was definitely worth the experiementation. Next came the 'Secret' pincho, and we're still not entirely sure what it was .. My guess being pork and maybe a cranberry sauce! Following this, a terayaki prawns, before finishing off our lunchtime session with a ham and cheese kebab. Drinks were a little more varied, with a caña at one place, coke at another and sangría following that, it's clear to see that these stalls really do cater for everyone..
However if we thought lunchtime was busy, night time proved a feast for the eyes, as well as the stomach, with the streets lit up and filled with thousands of people, all jostling to try the next morsel or craning for a caña to wash it down with, a somewhat different experience for me, considering traditional english fairs involve rides and candyfloss, but altogether a welcome change.
So will I be going to get more tonight? Definitely. Will I be coming again next year? How could I not!