Enjoy sustainable food in Plaça de Catalunya this Christmas

Fill your basket with high-quality, locally-sourced products that have a social value

19/12/2022 - 15:10 h - Christmas 2022 Ajuntament de Barcelona

Gold medal-winning cheeses, top-quality wines and oils and typical ‘torrons’ (nougat) made using traditional methods. For yet another year, the Responsible Consumption and Social and Solidarity Economy Fair will showcase some of the best sustainable foods that have deep ties with our territory. These are value-added products that allow us to re-think the prevailing economic model and consider an alternative for sharing during the Christmas period.

Food with social value

This year, you can fill your basket with high-quality, locally-sourced products such as those sold by Ordi Natura: an initiative that works to secure inclusion in the world of work for people with intellectual disabilities. On their stall you’ll find caramelised seeds of different flavours, a range of chocolates and their new and totally artisanal ‘torró’ nougats.

You’ll also find the organic wines and oils of the L’Olivera labour integration initiative. One such example is Vinyes Barcelona, which is produced at the Can Calopa de Dalt farmhouse in Collserola. You may also be tempted by the craft beers, chocolates and ‘torrons’ of Casa Dalmases or the range of Muntanyola artisan cheeses, with the latter being a charitable project from the Ampans Foundation that is constantly winning awards.

Just a few weeks ago, its semi-cured goat’s cheese ‘Garrotxa’ was awarded the gold medal as the best cheese in the world in its category at the prestigious World Cheese Awards 2022. It was also awarded a bronze medal for its organic cheese ‘Lúpulus’ in the cured cow’s cheese category.

From producer to plate

As well as browsing the sustainable food stalls, you can also take a closer look at the Ecolocal Market app, the first e-commerce store for organic and locally-sourced products. You’ll also be able to pick up some Celler Vell Brut Nature Reserva Eco 2019 cava, which has been recognised with the Vinari de Plata 2022 award.

La Menjateca: the tasting area

Attendees can also sample the gastronomic offer on-site in the La Menjateca tasting area. There are some highly interesting and curious discoveries to be made, such as the mulled wine produced by the Menjador Ca la Rosa: a recipe from Vall d’Aran that helps to keep you warm on those cold December days. This cooperative, which promotes sustainable food and social market products and also runs the La Floristería bar-restaurant in La Sagrera, will also be selling a selection of their cakes.

You could also try the cooperative’s Senegalese and African dishes Abarka, which, as well as disseminating African culture through cuisine, aims to become a means of social and labour market integration for marginalised groups.

Family activities

As for activities designed with children in mind, the ‘Let’s take care of ourselves with medicinal plants’ workshop, where participants learn how to make medicinal preparations with plants from our local environment, will take place on Tuesday 20 December at 5.30 p.m in Caseta 29. There will also be the ‘fun meals’ puppet show on Friday 30 December at 12 noon.

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