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Allergic to gluten? The Celiac Expo Food Trucks is opening on Tuesday 30 May. Not celiac?
Well, you can still feast on the gourmet quality street food and have fun!


by Rose Maramba


The Expo: 30 May – 4 June 2017
Tuesday through Thursday: 12:00 noon to 10:00 PM
Friday and Saturday:  12:00 noon to 12:00 midnight
Sunday: 12:00 noon to 7:30 PM

The food trucks are at Nuevos Ministerios again! At your service are chefs specializing in gluten-free gourmet street food.

You’re not celiac? Well, you can still feast on the gourmet food. At the street food expo held in Madrid last March more than 20,000 people came over and had enjoyed it!

This edition of Expo Food Trucks features showcooking. On hand are 22 national and international gastronetas, the Spanish word for food trucks combining gastronomía (gastronomy) and furgonetas (vans).

You’re probably wondering why an Expo Food Trucks for celiacs out of the blue. Fact is, this isn’t something that popped up out of thin air. It’s in conjunction with the National Day for the Celiac which fell on 27 May.

Leading the list of gastronetas is LA PAVONETA from Asturias, the only Spanish food truck that specializes in gluten-free cuisine. Among its specialties is the smoked Asturian turkey leg grilled on firewood in the truck which can be served alternatively as a boneless barbecue with potatoes fried in extra virgin olive oil.

IBERICOTECA, Madrid’s first food truck, is dishing out new lactose-free hamburgers for celiacs. It also offers gluten-free hams, loin fillets and Spanish sausages.

Others on the street food line-up are gluten-free paellas and fideuas. Try chef Rafael Blasco’s arroces valencianos de arròs i tartana; the street food version of chicken curry among other Indian dishes from Malaga via Wonderfood; veggie burgers by Dando Huertas of Barbate, Cadiz . . .  A fusion of Italian cucina and American urban food. Gourmet tapas. Southeast Asian “thug” food. . .  Talks, workshops, recipe demonstrations, etc. organized by the food truckers.

Artisanal beers, via STREET EXPERIENCE, are debuting in Ceriac Expo Food Trucks. On Thursday, 1 June, Oedipus, the famous Dutch craft beer, takes center stage thanks to the Barbosa brothers. Oedipus’ master brewer will be there at 7:00 PM.

Moreover, Street Experience is serving four varieties of Spanish “micro-beers” daily.

Master brewers will be introducing new brands and offering beer-tastings to the public.

All this with ambient music.

Join the fun, celiac or no celiac!

Paseo de la Castellana, out the exit of Metro Nuevos Ministerios and Cercanias Renfe



Know something about celiac disease. Check out the Celiac Disease Foundation.



Featured image (smoked gluten-free free-range chicken and mozzarella, peppers, scallions, fresh basil)/Hungry Dude, CC BY2.0 via Flickr

Expo Food Trucks pics from Expo Food Trucks
National Day for the Celiac poster, Fair use
Oedipus/Oedipus Facebook, Fair use