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Food Festivals in Portugal

Portugal is known as one of the most interesting countries in southern Europe. Its history goes back more than 1000 years ago, and proofs of those distant times can be found in almost every city and even in its rich culture. This country has always been multicultural and intriguing. This thing can be seen in the architecture of this country and even most important, in the cuisine. Portuguese are people that like to eat good food and food festivals in this country are something very special. We have selected some of the best food festivals in Portugal that will make your taste buds happy.

Obidos International Chocolate festival takes place from March to April in the small medieval town of Obidos. This is located north from Lisbon. This festival has chocolate sculpture competitions, chocolate samples and stands and even a chocolate house for children. For one month this small town transforms in heaven for chocolate lovers. Pay attention to accommodation. Being a very popular festival, we advise you to book a room well in advance because this event attracts people from all over the world.

Lisbon Fish&Flavors takes place in April in the capital city. Lisbon is already on the rise as some of the most popular newcomers in the Michelin world. This festival is not a very regular one. Most of the stands are from Michelin rated Chefs and restaurants and the variety of products is astonishing. These fine dishes will be naturally accompanied by wine and champagne tastings.

Festa dos Tabuleiro will take place in 2019 in Tomar. This festival takes place every 4 years and attracts people from all over the world. The centre of this procession is centred on a parade of girls in tabuleiros- tall crowns made from bread and flowers and topped with a dove. Even though this is a religious festival, traditional food stands will not be missing. Feel free to choose from all the local and international dishes.

Festival de Sintra takes place in May or June in the mountain city of Sintra. This city was awarded UNESCO heritage thanks to the architecture from the Romantic era. The festival lasts for two weeks and good food and drinks will not be missing. This festival has been performed for more than 50 years and each year it attracts more and more tourists.

Festa de Coca takes place at the end of May in the city of Moncao. This festival celebrates the fight between St. George and Coca the dragon. Viewers gather at the Souto amphitheatre where St. George battles with Coca the dragon. The dragon is made from a painted canvas. Like any other battle, each side will have fans. People can choose to cheer for St. George or for Coca. The outcome of this battle predicts the harvest in the autumn. After a fight, every soldier needs a good meal. The streets of Moncao are filled with restaurants and food stands that serve both medieval and modern food suitable for every taste.

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