Albufeira hosts return of CataPlay’s theatrical homage to cataplana

CataPlay, a show that is both a stage play and a gastronomic event, is returning in 2019 with another string of shows across the Algarve, the first of which will be held on Saturday, January 26 at the municipal auditorium in Albufeira.

The show was created in 2017 and aims to pay homage to the cataplana, the Algarve’s typical clam-shaped pot used to cook delicious stews.

Actors Tânia Silva and Mário Spencer are reprising their roles as two “conflicting chefs” who, while discussing the “recipes of life”, will also be revealing the secrets about the much-debated origin of the cataplana.

But the show is more than just a play as it allows the audience to taste a cataplana stew made by the team at the end of the show accompanied by a glass of Algarve wine. It is held in Portuguese but has English subtitles.

The idea for the show was proposed to the Tertúlia Algarve restaurant in Faro by actress Tânia Silva and was warmly welcomed.

“We loved it because it was an ‘out of the box’ idea and also because we have been promoting the cataplana with the regional tourism board, so this project continues the work we had been carrying out but in a completely different way,” said João Amaro, president of Tertúlia Algarvia’s board, when the event was created.

Tickets cost €10 for adults and €8,50 for people aged under 30 or over 65. There is also a family ticket (two adults and one child over six) costing €25.

The event is included in the ‘365 Algarve’ cultural programme.

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