‘Tapas Route’ begins this Friday

Portimão’s increasingly popular Tapas Route (Rota do Petisco) begins this Friday (September 4) with an expanded programme featuring 170 venues spread out between Portimão, Alvor, Mexilhoeira Grande, Lagoa, Silves and now Monchique.

The biggest novelties this year are the 11 restaurants that will take part in Monchique, bringing “a balance of the sea and countryside cuisine” to the event.

The concept of the Rota do Petisco is simple – people buy a ‘passport’ – a guide to all the venues and their menus – and for €2 to €3 per menu they are able to sample a variety of typical dishes, either savoury or sweet, as well as a drink. There will be 146 restaurants serving savoury tapas, and 24 serving desserts.

The passport’s price (€1) goes towards local charities and associations.

Also on the agenda is a children’s route, which features menus created especially for the younger crowd, and a bar route, which includes 10 bars in Portimão, Praia da Rocha and Alvor serving special drinks for €2.

If people get stamps in their passports from all the bars, they stand to win a special prize awarded by beer producer Sagres.

Organising association Teia D’Impulsos also promises a variety of street entertainment in Portimão, including concerts and photo exhibitions.

Last year, the event sold a record 500 dishes per day and raised €9,000 for charity.

This year’s programme, including all venues and entertainment, will be released this Friday at www.rotadopetisco.pt. The event will run until October 11.

by Michael Bruxo