Faro2027: Cooks from 5 countries prepare “Cataplanas do Mundo” for Algarve families

Under a project that «associates the Algarve cataplana tradition with the cuisine of several countries, promoting the encounter and sharing of histories and cultures»

Cataplanas of the World, with colors, flavors and traditions from other cultures, will be made by five cooks from as many countries and will end up on the table of lucky Algarve families, from Thursday 18th to December 2nd .

The application of Faro the European Capital of Culture (Faro 2027) joined Tertúlia Algarvia and Associação Doina (Mudaki project) to launch the “Cataplanas do Mundo” project, an initiative “that associates the Algarve cataplana tradition with the cuisine of various countries, promoting the meeting and sharing of stories and cultures'.

International cooks, natives of Brazil, Romania, Morocco, Pakistan and Cape Verde, gained “calo” over many years cooking typical delicacies for family and friends.

Now, they're going to take ownership of the algarvian cataplana and use it to prepare a dish, using recipes, ingredients and spices characteristic of their country of origin.

These cataplanas will, however, be randomly selected and delivered to the family's home, freshly cooked.

Entries for the draw of the Cataplanas of the World should be done on this link., where you can also find more information about the five participants.

The first Cataplana in the world is the Brazilian one and will be made on November 18th. This is followed by cataplanas from Romania (24th), Pakistan and Cape Verde (29th) and, finally, Morocco (2nd December).

The first phase of the project included a workshop with chef Bruno Amaro from Tertúlia Algarvia, «where all the participants learned about the history of the cataplana object and learned how to cook the Cataplana Algarve», according to Faro2027.

The organizers add that this is a project «which aims to promote the history and traditions of the Algarve's culture at the same time as promoting the meeting of cultures through gastronomy. Thus, it aims to explore the concept of Gastrodiplomacy, that is, gastronomy as an effective tool of Public Diplomacy».

The Mud@ki project, part of the Choices Program of the High Commission for Migration and promoted by the Parish Council of Almancil in partnership with the Association of Romanian and Moldovan Immigrants in the Algarve, «promotes the social inclusion of children and young people from vulnerable social contexts , through the healthy occupation of free time, stimulating activities of non-formal education, training and knowledge acquisition, aiming at equal opportunities and the reinforcement of social cohesion».

"Its main lines of action are to promote academic success, facilitate the development of personal, social and cognitive skills, as well as promote psychological well-being, civic, associative or community participation and facilitate intercultural dialogue."

Tertúlia Algarvia, on the other hand, is an association that seeks to «disclose the region's gastronomy, history and traditions, through demonstrations and cooking classes, craft workshops, exhibitions, business meetings, among other experiences. Another of our aspects of Tertúlia Algarvia is the development of projects in partnership with regional, national and international entities, in the areas of regional gastronomy and the Mediterranean diet».