La Chinita 2013
La Feria de la Chinita is a religious festivity that originated in Maracaibo, Venezuela, which came to Barcelona for the first time last year with a thousand people taking part. This year, the event begins with a Mass in the Crypt of the Sagrada Familia at 11.30am followed by food and music from 1pm at l'Ovella Negra del Poblenou.
Over a dozen independent vendors will be selling homemade traditional Venezuelan dishes such as arepas, cachapas, tequeños (cheesesticks), hallacas (dumplings), patacones (fried plantains), mondongo soup, pabellón criollo (rice, shredded beef and beans, Venezuela's national dish) and more.
Live music will be on hand from the award-winning Catalan rumba outfit 9Son, as well as Zulian gaitas by Wayúu and traditional Venezuelan instrumental music by Ensamble Tepuy.
Entry costs €5, which includes a drink (beer, soft drink or water). There will also be a kids' area as well as a market of Venezuelan artisan wares. The event is open to all, with of course many Venezuelans but also people of all nationalities.