6 Christmas food markets
What would Christmas be without a nice stew of galets (large pasta shells) and a pilota (large meatball). At the municipal markets and farmers' markets in the regions of Barcelona you'll find super fresh vegetables for the stock, along with bones, minced meat, botifarres (Catalan sausages) and chickpeas. You'll love the fruit and veg market held every Sunday in Can Mercader Park in Cornellà, where most of the products are grown by local farmers.
Roast chicken casserole with prunes and pine nuts is another classic Christmas dish. This delicious dish requires a large, top-quality bird, such as the blue-foot capon reared in El Prat de Llobregat. Would you like to buy one? Then make your way to the Poultry Fair held in early December in this city of the Baix Llobregat region: at the stand of the Regulatory Council of the Trade Show you'll find them for sale at a special promotional price.
Another fair you'll like if you're looking for a top-quality bird for your Christmas roast is the one that's been held since the Middle Ages in Vilafranca del Penedès around the feast day of Sant Tomàs. Capons, chickens, geese, turkeys, Muscovy ducks and Penedès black roosters are the stars of the show at this poultry fair, which has a very special characteristic: it's the only fair of its kind in Catalonia that provides a slaughter service.
Serve the traditional cannelloni of Saint Stephen's Day with a distinctive twist. Add grated truffle to the filling and you'll look like a real gourmet chef! Yes, we know that one of these little lumps is not exactly cheap; it's not called "the diamond of the kitchen" for nothing! But you'll be pleased to know that they're reasonably priced at the Truffle Fair of Centelles, in Osona, an ancient market that will be held in mid-December this year.
One of the sweetest markets in the regions of Barcelona takes place in Cardedeu. The Christmas and Artisanal 'Turrón' Fair is held in the streets and squares of the town's old quarter. This fair offers you a unique opportunity to discover the huge variety of turrones (a typical Spanish confection, traditionally eaten at Christmas) produced by the town's master pastry chefs, including one with a secret ingredient: borrego, a special bun made in the town since 1770. These are fantastic desserts to round off your Christmas meals and are sure to be appreciated by those with a sweet tooth.
Are you a real foodie but not so keen on traditional fare? Head to the All Those Food Market, where artisans and entrepreneurs showcase their new products. This is an unmissable event for modern foodies, where the culinary offering has real soul, including projects focused on health eating and veganism, not to mention local and seasonal produce.