Tapas craze continues … this time in Tavira

Eating delicious regional food in tapas form has become one of the Algarve’s most popular gastronomic trends in recent years.

With Faro having already hosted its own ‘Petiscos’ festival and Portimão still holding the one and only ‘Rota do Petisco’, it is now Tavira that is promoting its own tapas-based event.

The ‘Festival de Petiscos’ is taking place between Saturday (October 1) and Sunday, October 30 at 12 local restaurants.

Fresh ingredients such as octopus, cuttlefish, shrimp, cockles, mussels, clams, sardines, mackerel, chicken, wild board and pig ear are the stars of the “show”, with regional wines available to pair with the tapas.

The 12 restaurants that are taking part are Álvaro de Campos, Gilão, Cais da Ponte, Solar dos Petiscos, Bistro Almirante, Mira and Séqua in Tavira; Barca da Moura and Finalmente in Cabanas; O Constantino and O Monte Velho in Santa Catarina da Fonte do Bispo; and Maré Alta in Santa Luzia.

Rota do Petisco sells “several thousands of tapas”

Meantime, the ‘Rota do Petisco’ event in Portimão is “exceeding expectations” once again.

Organisers say that “several thousands of tapas” have already been sold – and there’s still more than a week to go before the event comes to an end (October 9).

A total of 125 establishments are taking part, selling savoury menus for €3 and sweet ones for €2.

To see them all, visit www.rotadopetisco.com