Seven Spanish journalists and bloggers will be putting their cooking abilities to the test next Friday (March 12) when they will attempt to cook a tuna ‘cataplana’ – a traditional Algarve stew cooked in a clam-shaped pot – during a livestream event.
This is the Algarve tourism board’s latest attempt to continue promoting the region at a time when the pandemic has virtually stalled the global tourism sector.
As it points out, the Spanish market represented 1.1 million overnight stays at regional hotels in 2019.
“Keeping the Algarve in the heart of the Spanish and encouraging them to return to here when restrictions are lifted” is the main goal of the 70-minute challenge.
The journalists and bloggers, wearing Algarve aprons, will be given a hamper with all the ingredients they will need to make the ‘cataplana’,
The participants will also receive a selection of regional products to take with them, such as sea salt, sweet potatoes, olive oil and salicornia (marsh samphire) as well as Algarve cookbooks and two bottles of local wines provided by the Algarve Wine Commission.
The challenge will begin at 12 noon (1pm in Spain) and will be live streamed on the ‘VisitAlgarve_ES’ Facebook page. The video will later be uploaded onto the VisitAlgarve’s YouTube page.
The ‘cataplana’ challenge is part of the Algarve Cooking Vacations project and is organised by the Algarve Tourism Board with the support of Tertúlia Algarvia restaurant in Faro.