Visitors can try all kinds of cockle dishes
After a two-year break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the small town of Figueira in Portimão is preparing to host the 18th edition of its Cockle Festival (Festival do Berbigão) next Saturday and Sunday (September 10 and 11).
The gastronomic event allows visitors to try several typical Algarvian dishes, all featuring cockles captured nearby from the Ria de Alvor.
The cockles can be cooked with rice, pasta or even in pastries, although one of the most popular ways by steaming them in a little olive oil, garlic, salsa or coriander.
As organisers stress, cockles are not only a staple food in the diet of locals, they were also the livelihood of many families for centuries.
Live music is another key component of the festival, with accordionist Humberto Silva due to perform on Saturday followed by young local Fado singer João Leote accompanied by guitar players Gonçalo Rosa and Bruno Davide.
The entertainment will continue on Sunday with accordionist Vera Lúcia warming up the crowd for popular Portuguese singer Saúl.
Tickets cost €3.50.