Portuguese food takes centre stage in Pêra

Some of Portugal and Algarve’s most traditional dishes are served at the event

It’s almost time for the 23rd edition of ‘Arraial do Petisco’, a gastronomic festival held every year in Pêra, Silves.

The event will take place this weekend and next (July 28-30 and August 4-6) and allow visitors to try some of the best dishes and sweets that Portugal and Algarve have to offer.

Papas de milho’ (corn porridge), ‘carapaus alimados’ (a type of marinated horse mackerel), snails, ‘pipis’ (fried chicken gizzards), and shrimp porridge are some of the delicacies available during the six nights of the event.

There will also be a special dish of each night: lamb stew (Fridays), cuttlefish ‘feijoada’ stew (Saturdays), and chicken ‘cabidela’ (Sundays), Portugal’s famous chicken dish cooked in the chicken’s blood.

For those who enjoy a nice dessert to end a meal, there will be a wide range of almond-based cakes and sweets as well as the Algarve’s famous Dom Rodrigo (made with cinnamon and egg).

Aside from putting on a great event for residents and tourists, the main objective of ‘Arraial do Petisco’ has always been to raise funds for the Centro Paroquial de Pêra (Parish Center of Pêra), a private social solidarity institution that provides social services not only in the parish of Pêra but also in neighbouring parishes.

The event is held at the local sports centre from 8pm to 2am and will also feature live music.

Tickets cost €1.50 per person, with free admission for children up to 12 years old.

By Michael Bruxo

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