Gastronomy and culture in Portimão

Portimão’s second Rota do Petisco (Tapas Route), starting today (Friday), promises to be much more than just another gastronomic festival.

Running until October 14, the Rota do Petisco sees the participation of 41 restaurants offering a variety of typical Algarve dishes and sweets, tapas-style.

Organisers Associação Teia D’Impulsos developed the Rota do Petisco with the view of getting the whole city involved in the initiative and is inviting those looking to discover some authentic Algarve cuisine to embark on the gastronomic journey that will last 45 days.

The menus will be focused on seafood with savoury tapas including papinhas de berbigão (cockle porridge), feijoada de búzios (whelk and bean stew), pataniscas de bacalhau (codfish cakes) and feijoada de lingueirão (razor clams and bean stew). Sweets include orange, carob and fig based cakes.

Restaurants taking part will feature menus created specifically for the event as well as becoming a venue for local artists to display their artwork, such as paintings, sculptures and photography.

This year the event places a strong focus on culture and is launching a vast programme of entertainment to entice visitors to stay in the city longer. The programme includes concerts, street theatre, dance shows, art exhibitions, workshops and wine and food tastings.

A savoury dish and drink will cost €2.50 while a sweet and drink will cost €2.

Further information at www.teiadimpulsos.pt (in Portuguese only)