Rota do Petisco sells over 100,000 tapas as final day approaches

It isn’t over yet, but organisers are already celebrating the success of this year’s ‘Rota do Petisco’ (Tapas Route), which has sold over 100,000 tapas and generated an economic impact of over €250,000 for the Algarve.

The gastronomic initiative started on April 24 and will come to an end this Sunday, May 26. Over 300 restaurants and eateries around the Algarve are taking part, offering a variety of tapas-sized dishes and desserts at lower prices (€2-€3), including a drink.

The route spans 12 municipalities from Aljezur to Tavira and promises mouth-watering ‘petiscos’ for all, including traditional Algarve food, haute cuisine dishes, sweets and desserts.

Apart from the traditional ‘Rota’, there is also the ‘Rota dos Pequeninos’ for children and a ‘Rota dos Chefs’ featuring dishes by some of the region’s renowned chefs.

Hopes are that the number of tapas sold will reach 150,000 by Sunday, said Luís Brito from Teia d’Impulsos, the association that organises the event.

“We want to reach this number and take advantage of these last days and the upcoming weekend which will be sunny and warm,” he said.

A passport costing €1.50 (which goes to charity) is needed to participate in Rota do Petisco and serves as a guide to all the venues. Each restaurant provides a stamp in the passport and, if clients obtain 12 stamps, they can win prizes at the end of the event.

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