Evolution of Catalan gastronomy by Food Tours Barcelona is a guided walking tour of the neighbourhood Sant Antoni, Barcelona.
A group of food lovers met up on a sunny spring day to let Food Tours Barcelona take us through the evolution of the Catalan cuisine, from market to table, from traditional food to avant-garde cooking of today’s chefs.
Sounds like an awesome afternoon right?
Our host for the food experience Jessica navigated us with great knowledge through the streets of Sant Antoni. On our 3 hours walking tour, we experienced 6 stops with traditional and modern food and drinks from Barcelona and Catalonia.
The pace of the tour is great, no rush or stress. There are easy walking distances between all the stops and during the short strolls Jessica filled us in on history and culture of both Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain.
It’s a perfect activity in Barcelona to experience for anyone enjoying food and culture.
The first stop at the bustling Sant Antoni market included tasting a selection of cheeses and get to know the difference between Iberic ham and Iberic HAM. Which is a biggie, once you experienced it you’ll know what I’m talking about.
And if you like me love taking pictures of food, in the market you can go bananas with all beautifully decorated stalls!
From the market, we strolled to our next stop, a classic bodega with high seats and old wine barrels as tables. As Jessica filled us in on the traditional tapas history, we savour classic and delicious tapas combined with the fortified wine, vermouth.
After resting our feet and filling up our bellies, we sauntered over to our next stop, here it was all about the Spanish liquid gold.
Yes, of course, I’m talking of the excellent olive oil produced in Spain. In the shop, we tried olive oil from different olives and regions of the country.
At the following stop, it was time to sit down and relax. In this modern restaurant, we got to classic Catalan tapas and plates to share all with a modern twist made with fresh quality produce.
Accompanying the selection of dishes we drank the festive sparkling Cava, the bubbly cousin of wines.
Did you know to be able to call the sparkling wine Cava it has to be produced according to the French champenoise traditional method?
As we left the restaurant and walked to the penultimate stop we were all in high spirits chatting way with our heads turned towards the warming sun.
We experienced avant-garde cooking in a cosy and relaxed setting, in the picture grilled octopus with Parmentier foam.
To finish off an excellent afternoon, we dipped in to try a sweet pastry and the traditional horchata, which is my favourite drink during the warm summer month.
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Length of Evolution of Catalan gastronomy experience:
Approx. 3 hours
119€ per person
I took part of Evolution of Catalan gastronomy by Food Tours Barcelona as part of a press trip. All words, opinions are my own.