In fall 2015, La Feria by Mercado de San Miguel set up shop in Downtown to bring a taste of Spain to the 305. Based on a similar Spanish food market in Madrid, the popup stayed put for a few months before going on tour and expanding the experience to others. This past October, La Feria 2.0 made its return to Miami, bringing back much of the same delicious food plus several fun additions.
The customer experience has been upgraded since its inaugural appearance. There’s now a defined hostess stand to greet customers and help them check in and get acquainted with the concept. Other parts of the layout have been updated, too, but the popular center bar remains untouched and ever-so-compelling; it’s a beauty.
Individual stations/kiosks throughout the 9,000-square-foot space serve an assortment of Spanish bites, including Pintxos and Paella. Meats and seafood abound (Secreto Ibérico is a must), and hungry diners will delight in all the different tapas available. One of the new additions this year: guest chef/restaurant collaborations. On select days, La Feria invites a local restaurant to join the party and cook up a few delicious items to complement the fair’s regular offerings.
When we visited, Pubbelly Sushi was the guest restaurant for the weekend. Their Brickell City Centre team served up Salmon Taquitos, Tuna Rolls and other playful fare that succeeded in getting us excited for the outpost’s grand opening. Of course, no La Feria meal is complete without dessert, and there’s plenty to be had. We scarfed down a trio of treats that included Dark Chocolate Mousse, Crema Catalana and Flan.
Once you’re done with your meal, your night doesn’t have to end — live performances are a regular occurrence at the market. Grab a bottle of wine and stick around to watch; it’s easy to get lost in the experience. Unfortunately, this experience is only available a little while longer: through January. So take advantage while you can — there’s no telling when La Feria will be back.