Cinco de Mayo

To celebrate the recent Cinco de Mayo holiday, which is unsurprisingly not really celebrated here in the UK but also happens to be a Bank Holiday, we decided to go to South Bank’s Campo Viejo Streets of Spain festival. Representing all things Spanish, there were food stalls with dishes from Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Argentina, and more, as well as vendors with goods from the same variety of places. 

Chilies Galore!

Chilies Galore!

Even Boxed Chilies!

Even Boxed Chilies!

Sweets!

Sweets!

To take it all in and keep from making any hasty food choices (it all looked so good!), we decided to walk the entire riverfront of stalls first. There were all sorts of different foods from little finger foods, to full dishes, sauces to deserts, and the chilies! Oh, the chilies! They were all over. Mild, hot, and in-between., this was any chili-lovers heaven. I have never seen so many chili sauces in my life, either. 

As for small and large plates, the food choices were all over the place. Meatballs, hog roasts, wood-burning ovens cooking pizza, pork kabanos, sausages, vats of sautés and the list goes on. The choice of the day after looking through all of the stalls was meatballs with sautéed vegetables and a chicken curry-like dish, minus the curry.

Lunch; Meatballs and Rice

Lunch; Meatballs and Rice

To top things off was desert. Ice cream, churros, chocolate… choices, choices. The stall that stood out the most to me had the largest and widest variety of chocolates and fudges that I have ever seen in one place before. And I’ve seen some pretty big chocolate shops! The final decision ended up being gelato, merely because of the number of times the line for churros wound around the plaza. Maybe next time.

On-the-bone meat

On-the-bone meat

Wood burning pizza oven

Wood burning pizza oven

Alcohol

Alcohol, of course

Canned goodies

Canned goodies

Meat Assortment

Meat Assortment

SAUSAGE!

SAUSAGE!

Produce everywhere

Produce everywhere

Additional dessert, anyone?

Additional dessert, anyone?

Word of advice for those of you who missed this event: put it on your calendar now for next year so you don’t forget. This is one festival not to be missed!

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