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    Corvina ceviche with mango by Checho Gonzalez Taco with chicken tinga, by Lourdes Hernandez

    Until we eat again, O Mercado

    O Mercado - an itinerant food fair that started as a midnight bun fight one rainy night 7 months ago –  has been slowing baking into a better, more organised (though still far from smooth) operation as it has expanded, setting up camp, with guest chefs manning their stalls, in spots all around the city, until settling for the last two editions in the Mercado Municipal de Pinheiros. Which is where the last (yes, last *sigh*) edition is also being hosted this Sunday.

    If the sun shows its face then it’s sure to turn into a funky afternoon gathering, with live music, tipsy chefs, red-faced punters, and bite-sized dishes fuelling the afternoon (as per these photos from the last one). 

    But the last?? How could what’s been possibly the most interesting (not to mention affordable) food happening in São Paulo this year come to an end? Chatting to Checho, the organiser, it seems they have quite the bureaucratic battle on their hands, trying to get official authorisations and find a bigger, more permanent place to host the fair. He mentioned the idea of rotating around a number of the municipal markets.

    Let’s hope good sense prevails. Meanwhile, Checho is planning a Pop Up Restaurant in a park, plus a gourmet ‘food truck’ for 2013. 

    O Mercado, noon-8pm Sunday 8 December at the Mercado Municipal de Pinheiros, Rua Pedro Cristi 89, Pinheiros. Facebook page

    TOP TIP:Don’t miss these chefs in the last edition: Diego Belda from funky restaurant Rothko; Bel Coelho from contemporary high-flyer Dui; the tasty North-Eastern food by Rodrigo Oliveira from Mocotó; and Katia Barbosa’s carioca classics, from Aconchego Carioca


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