Argentine festival returns to London's East End

Cambalache, a festival celebrating Argentina's wine, music, food and art, is returning to London this spring following its sell-out debut last year.

Cambalache: celebrating the spirit of Argentina
Cambalache: celebrating the spirit of Argentina

Organised by agency Jar London, and taking place at MC Motors in Dalston on 30 April and 1 May, the event is themed along an immersive wine experience, with guests able to sample more than 120 wines from 24 of Argentina’s top wineries. 

Sessions will include a wine and music masterclass by sensory experts, Professors Barry Smith and Charles Spencer, who will be demonstrating the art of matching certain music with wine to enhance its taste. 

Patagonian lamb and a selection of empanadas from an asado, a traditional barbecue, will also be served, and diners can learn how to make their own chimichurri Argentine sauce.

Cambalache will also recreate Argentina’s urban art culture, with an outside street party featuring graffiti artists painting vibrant murals. Visitors can also experience the old school glamour of 1940s Buenos Aires at Gaucho’s Galante Cocktail Lounge and Ice Cream Union’s ice cream parlour, which will be serving up signature scoops such as dulce de leche.

The festival will also take place in New York this year. Jar London creative director Jo Sharff said around 850 visitors are expected over the two days of the festival. 

"We're aiming to introduce people to Argentine wine, the country and its culture and reach out to more people than we did last year," she said. "We've got a few extra workshops this year including something special with Fernet Branca, the Italian aperitif that Argentines are obsessed with, as well as learning how to make the ultimate chimichurri."

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