TRADITIONAL Algarvean cooking will be celebrated this month, during Portimão’s 10th Festival de Gastronomia that takes place from May 13 to 29. Popular with visitors and locals alike, the event has one aim: to bring together lovers of good food.
This year, 22 different restaurants, from three separate towns, are taking part in the festival, reflecting the sheer dynamism present in the area’s catering industry. In order to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the event, a glossy, colour publication is being launched to illustrate the rich gastronomy that is displayed during the festivals.
For those choosing to have an entire Algarvean meal, each restaurant has a special festival menu that offers couvert, starter, main course, dessert, water and white/red wine – all at a special price.
The restaurants will be visited by a mystery jury, made up of professionals from the sector, that will judge each establishment in line with various parameters – from kitchen and toilet hygiene, to staff presentation, restaurant image, not forgetting the standard and creativity of the food.
As in previous years, a guide will be published providing details of all participating restaurants, including their menus and selected recipes. The guide will be distributed just prior to the festival, in partnership with Correio da Manhã newspaper.
The Portimão restaurants taking part this year include: A Nossa Tasca, A Ribeirinha, AbabujaAdega D’ Alvor, Adega Vila Lisa, Búzio, Caniço, Casa Bica, Dona Barca, Forte & Feio, Kibom, Lusitânia, Mira Vau, O Barril, O Bicho, O Pipo, Pérola do Arade, Porto Mediterrânico – Hotel Tivoli Arade, Safari, Toinezé, O Mata Porcos, Ú Venâncio and Zizá.