Following last year’s success, the Port Adriano Street Food Festival once again brought thousands of people to the prestigious port over Easter weekend. Locals and tourists alike flocked to the port to sample the mouth-watering food on offer.
Visitors were welcomed by blue skies, sunshine and the irresistible aroma of the different cuisines as they entered the beautiful marina of Port Adriano. The vibrant restored-vintage food trucks surrounded immaculate wooden tables and chairs with oversized white umbrellas, creating the perfect setting for the crowds to gather.
The red London double-decker bus was an iconic feature with tables and seating upstairs, and had people queuing in the masses for a unique dining experience. After scoping out all the vintage food trucks and the delicious treats they had on offer, I grabbed a scrumptious Mojito (5€) from Bruno’s and stood, soaking up the atmosphere whilst pondering over which of the trucks to visit first.
They did not disappoint. With a range of cuisines from around the world including Mexican, Asian and Spanish, this was definitely a gastronomy experience for all palates. For those who like to nibble or share with friends, I would recommend the tapas dishes like small fried squids, pimientos de padrón, nachos with home-made salsa & guacamole (all 4-6€), and the lighter option of pinchos (0.50€ per piece).
Favourite main dishes included Burritos, Pad Thai, burgers and pulled pork sandwiches (all 5-6€). For those with a sweet tooth there was an entire truck designated to homemade cakes, cookies, macaroons and all things sweet. Have no fear, there were plenty of drinks on offer across all the food trucks to wash all this food down with too; cocktails (5€), prosecco (13€ per bottle), beer (from 2€), soft drinks (1.5€).
Not usually a burger kind of girl, I surprised myself by opting for a gourmet burger. There were a few places selling burgers but I was drawn to the showbiz lights of Taleca and a gourmet burger called Jover (5€) - a juicy beef burger with caramelised onions, cheese, salad and the most tasty honey-mustard-mayonnaise concoction I have ever had. The NAU Mallorcan beer (2.50€) was a great accompaniment to the burger. Later in the afternoon, I had enough space to indulge in a very tasty Burrito from TEX MEX food truck ‘Corazón de Agave’, which was just as tasty!
There was no better way to walk off all the food than a short stroll around the exclusive marina designed by Philippe Starck, the magnificent marina is one of the most modern in the Mediterranean and you can’t help but daydream about owning one the stunning yachts that reside here. The other reason I suggest taking this stroll, is because you will notice that many of the food trucks are actually pop-ups of the impressive restaurants situated in the port.
The atmosphere was absolutely buzzing, with people of all ages socialising throughout the afternoon and into the evening. The Port Adriano playground situated next to the festival, was great for keeping the children entertained and the adults watched on whilst sipping on cocktails. On the Friday (from 20:30) and Saturday (from 22:30) the live music of Monkey Doo, a live swing acoustic band got people to their feet, transporting everybody back to the roaring 20s.
It is worth mentioning that once the crowds appeared at 1pm they seemed to stay throughout the afternoon, there was no avoiding queuing for your food unless you arrived in the hour before 1pm or after 5pm. On the plus side, due to the popularity of the food festival this year, I have high hopes for an even bigger street food festival in Port Adriano next year!
Opening Times: Friday 25: 5 pm to 00:00 am, Saturday 26: 12:00 pm to 00:00 am, Sunday 27: 12:00 pm to 10:00 pm.
Entry: Free entry for adults and children.
Transport: There is free parking in Port Adriano, alternatively if you are coming from Palma, Portals, Santa Ponsa or the route from Peguera 104 and 105 buses that stop off just outside the port (Entrada el Toro- bus stop). Taxis are available from just outside the port entrance on the round about.