Spanish food market to pop up at Bayfront Park

Restaurants and bars open temporary, “pop-up” operations all the time to test a new concept, but here’s one you don’t see every day: A historic food market in Madrid is popping up in Miami’s Bayfront Park (301 Biscayne Blvd.) from Saturday through the end of January.

La Feria del Mercado de San Miguel is a traveling spinoff of Madrid’s 100-year-old El Mercado de San Miguel. Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Giménez and Miami Mayor Tomás Regalado will lead a private ribbon-cutting Friday night, before the 9,000-square-foot, open-air market welcomes visitors at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Guests will find food and drink kiosks selling all sorts of Spanish tapas and delicacies: acorn-fed ham, gin and tonics, squid-ink paella, montaditos, gazpacho, fruits, meats, fish and more. The market is set to run through Jan. 31 before moving on to another U.S. city yet to be announced.

“Miami was the obvious choice for our first pop-up destination, as no city in America has embraced the Spanish-American cross culture quite like this one,” said Montserrat Valle, owner of Mercado de San Miguel who oversaw the market’s major renovation in 2009.

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Evan S. Benn is Miami Herald food editor: 305-376-4624,, @EvanBenn