‘Rota do Petisco’ off to strong start

Over 80,000 tapas have been sold in the first two weeks of the hugely popular ‘Rota do Petisco’ gastronomic event, taking place in Portimão, Lagoa, Silves and Monchique.

The numbers have pleased organisers, who are encouraging foodies to visit as many establishments as they can before the event comes to an end on October 15.

‘Rota do Petisco’ is praised almost universally for boosting local eateries after summer, and the way it attracts visitors to all parts of the towns.

The concept is simple. People buy a ‘passport’ (€1) – which is a guide to all the venues and their menus – and can sample a variety of typical dishes in tapas form for €3, accompanied by a drink.

Local sweets and desserts can also be tasted for €2, while €1 of the passport’s price goes to help local charities and institutions.

This is the last stage of the event, which took place earlier this year in Lagos, Aljezur and Vila do Bispo in May and June and in Faro and Olhão in June and July.

Photo: Monchique goat’s cheese in filo pastry, served with fig and almonds – Monte dos Comensais, Lagoa