The 38th edition of the National Gastronomy Festival, dedicated to olive oil, will take place from October 26 to November 4, bringing to Santarém three distinguished chefs with Michelin star, the organization announced today.
Under the motto ‘Ten Days to Discover Santarém While Proving Portugal’, the country’s oldest gastronomic festival takes “the best of the national gastronomic tradition” to Casa do Campino, counting this year’s edition with banquets developed by three distinguished chefs with Michelin star, Vitor Matos, Tiago Bonito and Joachim Koerper “and by the” Ribatejo revelation Rodrigo Castelo “.
The festival is organized this year by the municipal company Viver Santarém, with the production of Essência do Vinho and a partnership between the Municipality of Santarém and the Regional Entity of Tourism of Alentejo and Ribatejo.
The choice of olive oil as a theme of the festival is justified by the organization’s being a “typical, transversal and so Portuguese” food, serving as inspiration for the ‘creations’ of the invited chefs for the confection of the banquets that will happen on Fridays and Saturdays.
Tiago Bonito, head of Casa da Calçada in Amarante, will make his debut on October 26, followed by Vítor Matos, from the Antiqvvm in Oporto, and the Vidago Palace in Vidago on the 27th, Joachim Koerper, head of the Eleven in Lisbon on November 2 and Rodrigo Castelo in Taberna Ó Balcão in Santarém on 03 March.
In the 12 restaurants present at the event will be given to taste “specialties from north to south of the country and the islands of the Azores and Madeira” and typical regional typical products, wines and confectionery.
Throughout the ten days, cooking classes, live cooking demonstrations, wine talks and harmonized events will be held.
With its own programming, the olive producing municipalities of Mirandela, Moura, Marvão and Castelo Branco, as well as the Region of the Azores, will be presenting, on different days, gastronomic tastings to “discover and appreciate the olive oil”.
The festival will also host the Great Taste Awards Portugal awards ceremony on October 29th and on 31st will award the first prize ‘Modernity and Tradition’, which will distinguish the best dish inspired by olive oil, in a competition between the former winners of the national competition ‘Young Talent of Gastronomy’.
On November 1st will be presented the Gastronomic Charter of Ribatejo, a document with 557 recipes collected by the Confraria Gastronómica do Ribatejo, “in an interview with 180 people, mostly elderly, as a way to preserve the gastronomic heritage of the region.”
The entrance to the festival, with a cost of two euros, gives access to free guided tours to the city of Santarém, the first of which, on the 27th in the morning, will be dedicated to the ‘Azulejo’, followed, on the same afternoon and on October 31 and November 2, ‘360º Tour’ and, on the 30th, ‘Fora de Portas’.