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Butelo and Casulas Festival & Caretos Carnival

It is not in vain that the municipality of Bragança is known for the best and most genuine traditions both in terms of gastronomy and culture. The Butelo and Casulas Festival & the Caretos Carnival, from the 9th to the 13th of February, is proof that it is possible to unite, in a single event, the best of these two worlds, combined with modernity and the historical and built heritage of a of the oldest cities in the country.

It is in the heart of the historic centre that the epicentre of the Butelo and Casulas Festival is located, which promotes what is the quintessential dish of Trás-os-Montes Entrudo. At Praça Camões, which opens its doors on February 9th, with the largest number of exhibitors ever, a total of 40, from the Districts of Bragança and Vila Real, with products such as smoked meat, wine, olive oil, honey, sweets and bread, crafts, among others.

Until Carnival Day (February 13), showcookings will take place with chefs Óscar Geadas (Restaurant G, Michelin Star), António (IEFP), Hélio Loureiro and Marco Gomes (Restaurante Oficina).

Tastings with products from Terras de Trás-os-Montes are other moments of passage and an obligatory stop for lovers of good cuisine during the D’ Gustar TTM initiative.

In the space next to the tent in Praça Camões, there is a restaurant area, which is open from 12:00 pm to 11:00 pm.

At the same time, the Butelo and Casulas Gastronomic Week is taking place. From February 2nd to 13th, in the 26 participating restaurants.

And because the Shrovetide season combines with joy and revelry, the Caretos Carnival takes place, which reaches its peak on the 10th of February with the parade of Caretos groups from Portugal and Spain, schools and institutions of the Municipality through the streets of the historic area, culminating with Queima do Diabo, in Largo do Castelo de Bragança.

On Carnival Monday (February 12), the book “Máscaras y Património – Etnografia Del Carnaval en el Siglo XXI” will be presented at Praça Camões.

On February 14th, Ash Wednesday, it is the turn of the Devil, Death and Censorship to take to the streets. The trio of masked men travel through the historic area of Bragança after the girls, punishing them, as a way of drawing attention to the need to do penance on this, which is the first day of Lent.

The Caretos Carnival is an event that starting from the Winter Festivities, contributes to the preservation and dynamization of the richness, identity and cultural and ethnographic diversity of the Northeast of Trás-os-Montes.

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