Seafood celebrated

Tavira gastronomy festival

Tavira||The culinary delights of Algarve seafood are to be enjoyed in Tavira during the 10th Sea Gastronomy Festival between May 11 and 26.

Twelve restaurants of the parishes of Santiago, Santa Maria, Santa Luzia and Cabanas have joined the festival and will present dishes that combine creativity and innovation with traditional seasonings.

Participants will also have an extra incentive of winning a free weekend stay at one of the following hotels: Pousadas de Portugal, Hotéis Vila Galé, Aparthotel Cabanas Park and Casa Viana.

Tavira’s natural beauty and variety of attractions are highlighted by the organisers as factors that encourage interaction between friends and family whilst valuing the desire for good food and a relaxed way of eating.

Participating restaurants

Parishes of Santiago and Santa Maria: A Doca; A Ver Tavira; Brisa do Rio; Jamie’s Cozinha; Mouraria (Pousada do Convento da Graça); Vila Galé Albacora; Vila Galé Tavira; Ponto de Encontro; Portas do Mar; Parish of Santa Luzia: Casa do Polvo – Tasquinha; Vale d’ El Rei (Pedras d’ El Rei touristic apartments); Parish of Cabanas: Páteo do Ria (Aparthotel Cabanas Park).

Octopus is king

Santa Lúzia||Santa Luzia, a parish of Tavira with deeply-rooted fishing traditions, is promoting a gastronomic walk and tasting event this month dedicated to the octopus.

As part of a programme to promote the Mediterranean Diet, entitled ‘Passeios e Comeres da Dieta Mediterrânica’, the walk through the village will be held on May 11 while the culinary demonstration will take place on the 25th, both starting at 2.30pm.

These events are seen by the organisers as particularly important due to Santa Luzia’s long-standing traditions linked to the capture of the octopus.

During the events, fishermen’s stories will be shared as well as information about the process of fishing for this species, which is much appreciated by Portuguese and foreigners alike.

For the walk, led by fisherman Helder Santos, comfortable clothes and footwear are recommended, and each participant should take a light snack and water.

As part of the programme to celebrate the Mediterranean Diet and its cultural heritage, a culinary demonstration by Manuel Melita, a former fisherman, will take place on May 25 at Tavira’s Municipal Museum.

This will be an opportunity to learn about the ancient Mediterranean lifestyle, the intangible cultural heritage passed on from generation to generation, the sacred foods and their symbolism, and the different products that support the Mediterranean Diet, widely acknowledged by the World Health Organisation.

Registration for the events is free but limited to a maximum of 20 people. Those wishing to take part in the walk and culinary demonstration should fill in a form available at www.cm-tavira.pt

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