Last weekend, we went to yet another food event: La Despensa Gourmet. Despensa means pantry, and this event was focused on gourmet goodies to stock your larder. Yum.
No strangers to Santiago food festivals, we found ourselves impressed by the quantity of samples on offer. Usually these things see me scrounging around for tiny pieces of bread dipped in olive oil and little mini crackers with various spreads. Here, we got small plates of pasta with a choice of sauces and a side of pasta salad. Fancy!
Another hearty option was the Maggi soup stand. The very generous cups of corn chowder or spinach soup were very welcome on a cold day.
Probably because of the weather forecast, this event was held inside. The only downside of La Despensa Gourmet was that the crowds were insane, making it hard to get close to any of the stands to try or buy, and making photos all but impossible. (Yes, that was me excusing myself for the picture quality here)
Of course, there was still plenty of olive oil on display. The guy selling this particular brand made it interesting by teaching us how to properly taste olive oil. No bread dipping here, just proper slurping technique.
Other old standbys made their appearance – cheeses, spreads, charcuterie. But Rodolfo and I commented on having seen different brands than we usually find at these things, which made for a nice change.
We did buy a couple things, but our big score was those delicious chocolates. The cream cheese we got was a steal, and the sausages absolutely delicious, but nothing competes with artisan chocolates.
Based on that purchase alone, I’d declare Despensa Gourmet a success, but the truth is that apart from the crowds – which did thin out eventually – it was all good. I only hope they repeat the event with the same level of quality next year!
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