It’s back! After corker of a debut the Argentina Independent’s BA Underground Market is reappearing for the food fiends and beverage boozers of Buenos Aires to gorge until their heart’s content this Saturday 15th September at IMPA la Fabrica.
The concept of Underground Market was dreamt up in 2009 by a group of epicurean entrepreneurs based in San Francisco and Toronto who wanted to get their products to the public without having to go through the tedious regulatory system that has encompassed the world of food production today. Originally a members-only event, vendors were able to sell their unique food and drinks that they had lovingly prepared in a non-professional space and in many cases, at home. Unsurprisingly, word got out about these exciting food events and before they knew it the Underground Market exploded with over 300 vendors and 50,000 attendees in a matter of months, making it an institution for all people to enjoy the diverse wealth of food being produced all around them.
It didn’t take long before the home-grown and international culinary artists of Buenos Aires were clamoring for their own Underground Market event, which was graciously bought to them on the 9th of June 2012 by local newspaper The Argentina Independent; and what a success it was! With superb handcrafted varieties of winter warmers to sweet treats, hundreds of taste buds were satisfied beyond all expectations, with many of Anuva Wines favorites budding chefs at the heart of it. ‘El Tejano’s’ brisket and chicken sandwiches, were so popular that he sold out of bread and, I quote, “people were asking me to put my meat in their hands”. Ahem, get your minds out of the gutter people! And you were lucky if you actually got your hands on NOLA chef’s spicy red beans and rice, which flew out of the pot straight into peoples stomachs faster than you could… well, fast. Kelly Poindexter brought sweetness and light for those Stateside expats missing a slice of home with her shockingly good cheesecakes and pecan pies, while Tez Lyons home crafted ‘simply pickled’ products brought a divine savory kick with her pickled dry martinis, my second favorite alcoholic beverage after, of course, wines from Argentina. Jams, beers, hot sauces, chocolates…you name it, it was there.
Tomorrows Underground Market will be bringing back our old favorites, as well as newbie chefs and a spring in your step as we leave winter behind and say hello to the new season with fresh spring foods and some live music to soothe your soul…or your food coma. Tickets are $5 pesos in advance or $10 pesos at the door, with kids up to the age of 12 entering for free; you get your advanced tickets email The Argentina Independent at email@example.com. See you there!
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