Algarve culinary traditions at 15th Arraial do Petisco

It’s that time of year when Pêra once again stages the popular ‘Arraial do Petisco’, a festival of typical Algarve food, served as tapas.

The event, now in its 15th year, promotes the best of local cuisine during a charity gastronomy festival that started on July 26 and continues until August 4 at the sports complex (polidesportivo) from 8pm to 2am each day.

The 15th Arraial do Petisco aims to raise funds for the construction of the Centro Paroquial de Pêra, a centre to offer support to various groups of people such as the elderly and children.

At the festival, try papas de milho (corn porridge), snails, milhos com carne (corn and meat stew), pipis (offal), ensopado de borrego (lamb and potato stew over bread slices – served on Friday evening), feijoada de choco (cuttlefish bean stew – served on Saturday evening) and cabidela de galinha (chicken cooked in its blood – served on Sunday evening).

For dessert, there will be typical regional sweets such as Dom Rodrigo (‘egg threads’ with cinnamon), bolas de ovo (egg balls) and a variety of almond based sweets.

The new Centro Paroquial de Pêra will provide essential services to residents of Pêra and neighbouring areas. It will include a day centre, home care services, physiotherapy, a kindergarten, a nursery, after school and summer activities.

The centre represents an investment of €2.5 million, partly funded by the State.

Entrance to the festival costs €1.50 per person and children up to the age of 12 enter for free.

Portuguese musical groups will entertain the crowd each night.