Festival das Sopas, Proença-a-Velha, Portugal
You only need to live in Portugal for a short time to realise that sopa, soup, really is the foundation of everything. Portuguese life revolves around soup. Children are weaned on it, every meal begins with it, and a day is not a day without a good healthy portion of soup. So surely the greatest festival of all, has got to be centred around this magical meal?
We visited the Festival of soup today to peruse the artisan products, listen to the local piano accordion music; typical groups from Idanha-a-Nova, UNESCO’s Creative City of Music; and of course sample some of the amazing soups on offer. There were 130 showcased at the festival, a small selection of the local favourites. The competition really heats up tomorrow when you have to place your vote for the best soup showcased. Who ever knew that soup would be so amazingly popular in a country that experiences sweltering hot summers!
We did sample some of the amazing soup on offer and wood fired pizza for dinner. At €1 a slice for freshly made pizza, you couldn’t really go wrong. We treated the boys to some dried fruits for dessert. Yum. then some more music, a little dancing and a chance to meet some of the locals.
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