Every year from March 15-19 in Valencia, Spain, an enormous celebration takes place in honor of Saint Joseph. Now we’re not talkin’ ‘bout your every day fiesta here. We’re talkin’ nonstop partying in the streets, smorgasbords of food, and the burning of more than 500 gigantic papier-mâché statues/sculptures, known as fallas. Yea, unique is an understatement. For those venturing to this intense festival, use this guide to discover all the amazing street foods you can get your hands on while fêting around town!
Cream Filled Churros
There’s no better way to start your day partying than with a cream-filled churro and some café. You’ll find these everywhere, at all hours of the day, though we’d recommend indulging earlier rather than a few drinks later.
Fun fact: Valencia is where this national dish originated (after being inspired by the Moors). This means you’ll find paella simmering all day in massive pots on every street. What makes Valencian paella unique is its inclusion of rabbit, chicken, and white beans, so be sure to have a taste!
With all of the Moorish influence in these parts, it’s no surprise you’ll spot plenty of Arabic sweets alongside the other traditional fare. You gotta love #thatphyllotho.
These babies only come out to play during Las Fallas in Valencia, so be sure to grab ‘em while they’re hot! Fresh fried dough rolled in sugar never tasted so goood.
(I Want) Candy!
Yep, vendors will be dishing out plenty of gummy candies, “twizzlers”, candy ropes filled with more sugar… you name it. Sure, this is mainly for children, but there’s no one stopping your persistent sweet tooth.
Of course all of Spain is famous for their cured meats, so expect plenty of jamón while eating out and about town. Best when paired with some manchego cheese… and cerveza!
For those looking for a drink of the non-alcoholic variety, we recommend imbibing Valencia’s signature horchata made with tiger nuts. We hear it’s grrreat! #sorrynotsorry