Review: Cambalache, MC Motors, Dalston

By Rachel Bishop on May 10, 2014 2:30 PM |

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Walking into Cambalache you are immediately taken into another world - entered through a ceiling of umbrellas.

This unpretentious wine tasting event offered all the best aspects of Argentinian culture under one warehouse roof in trendy Dalston.

Tables upon tables of red, white and sparkling wines from the South American country were available to try from my trusty wine glass that accompanied me throughout the night.

But the wine was only one element of Cambalache. Gaucho offered its Galante Cocktail Lounge, which provided two very bitter, but oddly tasty cocktails and Ice Cream Union was handing out authentic and very delicious ice cream.

Making my way towards the smell of the BBQ I found a mock-up of one of the traditional Estancias (ranches), with Gauchos sat around a campfire relaying tales of Gaucho traditions.

The lamb sandwich and empanadas from the asado el palo (lamb on a spit) stall were delicious, especially washed down with a bottle of Quilmes beer from the appropriately placed neighbouring stall.

After I made sure I was happily fed and watered - or at least tipsy - I headed to learn a little Nuevo Tango, which while not particularly good at it, my companion and I at least gave it a try and made ourselves laugh at our efforts.

The event was the perfect way to learn about Argentine culture, with a great mix of things to do and things to consume.

Next year's event is not confirmed, but keep an eye on winesofargentina.com/cambalache for any updates.