New gastronomy festival shines spotlight on “forgotten food”
A new gastronomic event will make its debut in the Algarve in October. Entitled ‘Forgotten Food’, the festival aims to shine the spotlight on traditional products that are “disappearing” from our tables because they are “associated with poverty or have lost their agricultural value”.
The events will take place between October and May in nine Algarve municipalities and are supported by the tourism board’s “365 Algarve” programme of events for the low season.
The festival will begin with a “charm picnic”, which will start with a small walk to the location of the picnic where participants will enjoy a special meal made by a chef using local ingredients. These picnics will always feature an English translator to ensure foreign participants do not ‘miss a beat’, or a bite in this case!
The first picnic will take place in Azilheira in São Marcos da Serra, Silves, on October 19, followed by three others in Penina (Benafim, Loulé) on March 28; Santo Estevão (Tavira) on April 18; and Cacela Velha (VRSA) on May 2.
Also on the agenda are three “sensorial dinners” entitled ‘Momentum’ which will be held at some of the Algarve’s landmark monuments.
Menus will be “inspired by and follow the principles of biodiversity restoration and ecosystem reinforcement”.
The dinners will take place at Convento do Carmo in Lagoa on November 8, Museu do Traje in São Brás de Alportel on November 9 and Ermida de N.S. de Guadalupe in Vila do Bispo on November 10.
The festival will also organise two ‘Harvest and Cook’ events which will invite people to pick their own ingredients from vegetable gardens during a guided walk. The ingredients will then be used to cook a “seasonal, traditional Algarve dish” for lunch. These events will be held on November 30 in Giões (Alcoutim) and on December 8 in Tôr (Loulé).
More information can be found online on the event’s website.
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