By 2018-12-13 InFood

Massive chocolate Christmas tree at Tivoli Marina Vilamoura

The chocolate creation is included in the resort’s festive programme for the season, announced this week.

“The tree will be 2.5 metres wide, 3.6 metres high and weigh around 150 kilos,” says the Tivoli Marina Vilamoura’s head chef André Basto.

It is being made by a team of three people with preparations expected to last two weeks. “Let’s hope the tree makes it to 2019 intact,” the chef said jokingly.

Dozens of ‘bolos-rei’, Portugal’s traditional Christmas cake, are also being made in his kitchen to be distributed by a team of volunteers and hotel employees among the region’s needy on Sunday, December 23.

On the same day, there will be a Christmas Charity Race (Corrida Solidária de Natal) with participants being asked to take along a wrapped gift (for example, toys or clothing) to be donated to three institutions – CASA, Fundação António Aleixo and Centro Paroquial de Quarteira.

Each participant will receive a t-shirt, a backpack and a water bottle.

The race, divided into 5km and 10km routes, will begin at 10am. Runners must sign up before December 21 (289 303 771 |

The festive season will also be celebrated with a Christmas market on December 28 and 29 which will shine the spotlight on “quality produce that can be found in the Algarve’s hinterland”. There will be workshops, wine tastings and entertainment.

Chef André Basto jokingly says he hopes the chocolate creation will remain intact throughout the festive season

Bolo-rei, Portugal’s Christmas cake, will be baked by chef Basto’s team for distribution among the needy

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