Calcots and Cava at Boqueria:
You may have already read about Fiona’s amazing trip to Catalan for the day to try out the seasonal festival of La Calcotada.
We were both intrigued and envious, and so thrilled to be asked to Boqueria in Brixton for their version. We have been to Barcelona many times as we have friends who live there, but hadn’t been in the calcot season, so this was something completely new to us.
Thankfully detailed instructions were given:
And once presented with the calcots, we swiftly got into the spirit of things! Honestly, this is how it’s supposed to be done! Bibs are supplied, but we decided to brave it!
They were somewhere between a giant spring onion and a leek, and tasted very sweet with a bit of onion heat every now and again. The romanesco sauce added a piquant vibrancy to the experience. A decent amount of cava helped the fun along. In this case, a really nice dry cava from Vilarnau. We didn’t manage to achieve the arm’s length expertise that some of the diners attained, but it was fun trying!
The calcots were followed by traditional grilled meats served with ailioli. This was a real meat eaters delight.
It was an afternoon filled with fun; we could hear from one of the tables behind us that they were going great guns with the length that they could pour the cava.
If you’d like to join in, there are 3 more Calcotada events planned at Boqueria on 28th of February, 13th and 20th of March. Given how popular it was whilst we were there, I would suggest booking.
We were guests of Boqueria
192 Acre Lane, Brixton, London SW2 5UL
If that’s not near you, there’s a second Boqueria in Battersea
278 Queenstown Road, Battersea, London SW8 4LT