Algarve’s ‘Forgotten Food’ festival returns in August

The Algarve’s ‘Forgotten Food’ Festival is returning next month after being postponed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

It will begin with the first of three picnics on Saturday, August 1 in the village of Penina in Loulé, followed by two others on August 29 in Santo Estevão, Tavira and on September 12 in Cacela Velha, Vila Real de Santo António.

The picnics start with a small walk to the picnic site where participants will enjoy a special meal made by a chef using local ingredients. An English translator will ensure non-Portuguese speakers can enjoy the experience just as much as locals.

Musical performances featuring the Algarve’s “symbolic instrument”, the accordion, will also be among the highlights of the picnics.

Organisers guarantee the picnics have been “changed and adapted in order to respect all the guidelines from the national health board (DGS) and ensure the safety of everyone while still maintaining their identity and essence”.

Seats will be reserved and assigned beforehand and guests will be seated in different picnic blankets according to the groups that are attending together in order to ensure social distancing.

The use of face masks is mandatory on arrival and during the check- in, but not during the meals.

The festival will come to a close on October 17 in Querença, Loulé with a massive party featuring live music, a market selling regional produce, an exhibition and much more.

Tickets cost €20 for adults and €10 for children between the ages of seven and 14 and must be purchased online in advance at https://qrer.bol.pt/.

The ‘Forgotten Food’ 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”.

It is one of the headlining events of the region’s ‘365 Algarve’ cultural programme, devised to improve the region’s cultural agenda outside of the summer season. This year, however, it was extended into the summer season due to the pandemic.

More information can be found online on the event’s website.

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