Lagoa qualifies for grand final of Portugal’s 7 Gastronomic Wonders

The last gala event of Portugal’s 7 Gastronomic Wonders competition was held at Lagoa’s auditorium

RTP tv presenters José Carlos Malato and Catrina Furtado in party mood

The Lagoa Table photographed with Marinha beach in the background

Lagoa has qualified for the final of Portugal’s 7 Gastronomic Wonders competition, which aims to showcase the country’s best dishes, wine, olive oil and food-related tourist routes.

The announcement came during the pre-final event, which took place on Sunday (September 2), precisely in Lagoa, at the Carlos do Carmo Auditorium.

Lagoa has now joined Albufeira as the two Algarve representatives in the final. The remaining finalists are Alijó, Bairrada ao Mondego, Bragança, Chaves, Lajes do Pico, Mirandela, Monção, Terras da Chanfana, Tomar, Vila de Frades, Vila Real and Zambujeira do Mar.

To try to impress the jury, each participating town has to showcase why it believes it should be named as one of the country’s ‘gastronomic wonders’.

Lagoa’s bid includes a traditional dish of sardines known as ‘Sardinhas da Boa Morte’, corn porridge with clams and ‘chouriço’ (Papas de Milho com Amêijoas e Chouriço), stuffed squid (Lulas Cheias), beans with cabbage and salted meats (Feijão com Couve com Carne da Salgadeira), as well as two wines: Marquês dos Vales Grace Vineyard Branco 2016 and Marquês do Vales Tinto Grande Escolha 2014.

The route chosen was the ‘Percurso dos 7 Vales Suspensos’ which takes in views of Marinha beach, used as the backdrop to the table setting.

In a press release, Lagoa council said being in the final is proof of the quality of the local food and the work carried out by all involved in promoting the borough’s cultural and gastronomic traits.

The final will take place on September 16 at Praça dos Pescadores in Albufeira. The voting process will take place between September 9 and 16.

According to organisers, the main goal of the competition is “to promote regions, their gastronomy and wines, while at the same time bolstering tourism”.

More information can be found online at (only in Portuguese)