The 13th edition of the foodie festival returns between September 15 and October 15 with novelties, including a Route of the World and more vegetarian options.
This year, foodies will have 31 days to travel across the Algarve with their Rota do Petisco passports and taste delicious delicacies in some 176 participating establishments spread across the Algarve, from Aljezur to Tavira.
The annual food festival returns for its 13th edition between September 15 and October 15 with participating establishments in the municipalities of Aljezur, Vila do Bispo, Lagos, Portimão, Monchique, Lagoa, Silves, Albufeira, Loulé, São Brás de Alportel and Tavira.
The event’s traditional Passport costs €1.50 and guarantees access to the event, with the booklet being stamped at each pit stop. “The more snacks participants try, the more stamps they collect and the more chances they get to win prizes”, says the organisation.
Each establishment offers two menus: the Snack Menu (snack + drink), which costs €4, and the Sweet Menu(dessert + snack), which costs €2.50.
Within the Route, there are “other” routes, namely the World Route – a selection of typical dishes from other countries, such as Cape Verde, Argentina, Peru, Mexico, Turkey, India, Thailand, China or Japan, allowing foodies to travel the World without leaving the Algarve.
There are also increasingly more Vegetarian Options, with more and more restaurants offering them and 15 establishments serving one as the main dish.
Renowned regional chefs will be hitching a ride on the Chefs’ Route with Audi – the event’s official travel partner. On this route, for €5 (dish + drink), foodies are invited to taste some of the best signature dishes of the region in pleasant locations, including hotel restaurants.
An increasingly young and entrepreneurial Passport
The 2023 Rota do Petisco Passport is already being distributed by participating establishments (you can find out which ones at www.rotadopetisco.com) and by some official points of sale.
This year, four different and very original passport covers have been produced for the faithful foodies who, over these 13 years, have been collecting the Rota passports. A project once again signed by BuummDesign. According to Teia D’Impulsos Association, the event’s organiser, these have been designed with colourful elements of each municipality’s typical gastronomy – such as sweet potatoes in Aljezur or sardines in Portimão – on the covers “to attract more and more young people and foreign tourists to the Route”.
The Passport also continues to offer social support. However, this year, the process will be even more challenging and rewarding for social institutions that want to be supported as the pre-selected projects will be part of a Social Entrepreneurship Bootcamp organised by Teia D’Impulsos. The jury will choose the “winners” according to those with the greatest social impact.