The names of the first set of chefs and producers in the stellar culinary lineup for the much-anticipated Fine Wines & Food Fair, 15th to 20th May, have just been announced. The programme for this remarkable gastronomic week, which is hosted at VILA VITA Parc Resort & Spa, in Porches, Algarve, includes five unique, themed dinners and a singular lunch, that will take place at the Atlântico restaurant and at the two Michelin-starred Ocean restaurant at VILA VITA Parc, as well as at Praia Dourada restaurant, located directly on the beach in Armação de Pêra.
Since the Portuguese Discoveries our people have been eager for adventure and to live up to our roots. To discover the world, to work hard and be successful abroad, but always with our eyes and heart in the Portugal we left behind, and the roots that are deep in our soul. This tradition remains and loneliness is kept at bay with the impressions, flavours and smell of Portugal that are expressed by Portuguese from all over the world.
In a year which has seen VILA VITA Parc’s fine dining offering, Ocean restaurant, dramatically transformed to great acclaim, the talent of Chef Hans Neuner and his team has been afforded another gastronomic accolade, ranking at 102nd position in La Liste’s 1000 Best Restaurants in the World.
La Liste’s technology aggregates the world’s most trusted food guides and hundreds of thousands of restaurant reviews globally, to craft the perfect ranking of the world’s best restaurants. At 102nd position, Ocean is proud to be the highest ranked of just six Portuguese restaurants included in the list, announced this December in Paris.
From the tropical terrains of the Indian subcontinent comes the next big thing for the meat substitute market. It sounds sensible for a country that is obsessed with choosing between the right and the righteous. The western kitchen is obliged by the wondrous orb that is called jackfruit.
An Indian staple, this fruit is eaten in general at its ripe stage around the world. However, in few parts of Asia the raw form is cooked with intense tropical spices. The resulting dish resembles pulled pork preparations and the taste is strikingly similar too.
Traditional Algarvian recipes for all your favourites - Soups, fish dishes, meat dishes and desserts.
I wonder what percentage of wine lovers who live here in the Algarve drink locally-produced Algarve wine on a regular basis? I’m not just talking about us foreigners, but local algarvios too.
The vast majority of Algarve wine is, of course, consumed by tourists, visitors who rightly choose to try a glass of the local vinho and are very pleasantly surprised. Many thousands of them are so impressed that they pay a visit to one or more of the local wineries.
Between the 7th and 10th of July, Tavira will host for the third year the Summer Wines & Flavours Festival. Taking place downtown (Jardim do Coreto), close to the old fish market, dozens of wine producers from all over the country will showcase their best wines in a relaxed and festive atmosphere.
The showcase, organized by the wine magazine Revista de Vinhos, with the support of the Municipality of Tavira, will also include several food products which can be consumed on site and includes an extensive entertainment program.
Quinta dos Vales' Marquês dos Vales DUO 2012 red, its most recent cuvée, was distinguished with another gold medal, this time in a nationwide competition.
The combination of Touriga Nacional and Petit Verdot grape varieties, which had already dazzled the jury of the “IX Concurso de Vinhos do Algarve” last month, saw its great potential highlighted once more by winning its second gold medal of the season in the 2016 edition of the competition “Vinhos de Portugal” organized by ViniPortugal in cooperation with Revista de Vinhos.