Cockle Festival celebrates 17 years with many delicacies in Figueira

Natural pasta, rice, porridge, patties and cockles are some of the proposals of the event that takes place from September 14 to 15 at Polidesportivo da Figueira, in the parish of Mexilhoeira Grande, in Portimão.

This gastronomic festival bets on cockle-based dishes, but visitors can also delight in other equally appreciated shellfish such as oysters made on site.

The basic recipes do not change: a little olive oil, a sprig of parsley or coriander and a clove of garlic.

Local sweets and pastries are also available, as well as other food and drink, all at attractive prices.

The festival venue has a capacity of about 600 seats and about one and a half tons of cockles will be prepared to delight more than 5,000 people seeking the taste of regional cuisine.

Music will guarantee the entertainment. The accordionist Vera Lúcia and the show with Vânio and Ballerinas animate the first night.

The next day, after accordionist Ricardo Alves, the music comes from the band The Peakles, a tribute to the Beatles.

This festival offers the opportunity to experience a true typical feast, enriched by the community and visitors and the traditional Algarve cuisine.

With a strong volunteer component, the Berbigão Festival has over 100 people, who start working fifteen days before preparing the event so that each edition is unforgettable and delicious.

Each passing year, the event beats the record for entries.

The number of visitors in 2018 was 7000, 2017 was 6000 and in 2016 was 5000 thousand.

Figueira has been organizing the Berbigão Festival for 17 consecutive years, in honor of the special place that this mollusk has in its heart, since the picking of the cockle in Ria de Alvor dates back to ancient times, and this business has sustained many local families in bygone times.

The event will take place between 19h00 and 01h00 and the entry costs 3.50 euros, in an organization of the Recreational Society Figueirense, with the support of the City Council of Portimão and the Parish Council of Mexilhoeira Grande.

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