Lisbon Food Week (LFW) is a new addition to the city’s packed festival scene. It’s one that all foodies should definitely be excited about. There’s not much information about it in English yet, so we’ve put together a quick guide for those of you that don’t “falar português”.
When is Lisbon Food Week?
This year (2016) it’ll be taking place from the 23rd-30th September.
What is Lisbon Food Week?
A whole week dedicated to eating and talking about food. Some of the city’s best restaurants and bars are on board, and have created special menus to celebrate. There are also special events such as dinners and talks hosted by the city’s best chefs.
Highlights of Lisbon Food Week
The first LFW coincides with the 12th annual “Congresso dos Cozinheiros” (Cook’s Congress), which will be held at the LX Factory on the 27th and 28th of September. This year’s theme is Risk: discussing entrepreneurship and creativity in the kitchen. The event will include pop-up restaurants, cooking demos, and product exhibitions. Entry costs €60, but we reckon it’s well worth the price. More than 30 global chefs are attending and showing off their talents. One notable guest will be Nuno Mendes, of London’s Chiltern Firehouse and Taberna Mercado (his pastéis de nata have really taken the big smoke by storm).
It wouldn’t be a food week without a few dinner parties! There are three special dinners taking place. With a limited number of spaces, we recommend booking your seat ASAP.
“Uma Conzinha Lisboeta Imaginada” (The Lisbon Kitchen Reimagined).
- 23rd September, 8pm, Espaço Espelho D’ Água
- Five chefs (Hugo Brito, Leopoldo Garcia Calhau, Francisco Magalhães, Vítor Areias and Rui Manel) cook traditional Portuguese cuisine
- Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or +351 213 010 510.
“Jantar Trio” (Trio Dinner)
- 26th September at Trio Restaurant.
- Chefs Manel Lino, Andreia Moutinho and Telmo Moutinho will be going head to head (to head) in a competition to create the best dish.
- Reservations: email@example.com or +351 912 087 901.
“Jantar do Queijo” (Dinner of Cheese)
- 29th September, 8pm, at Queijaria Cheese Shop & Bar. €50 per person.
- André Magalhães (of Taberna da Rua das Flores) and Ivan Aguilar Fernandes (of Clube de Jornalistas) are putting together a real cheese feast. There’ll be local meat, veggies and other goodies involved too.
- Reservations: firstname.lastname@example.org or +351 213 460 474
It’s not all about eating the best food in Lisbon (although that’s a big part of LFW). There are also some interesting talks and lectures to attend.
Tertulia Pao em Portugal
- September 26th at 4:30pm at ACPP headquarters in Lapa.
- The Biblioteca Gastronómica ACPP hosts monthly Tertulias (literary discussions) about Portuguese food. During LFW the talk will be about bread.
- Register for free at email@example.com.
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A Criatividade A Mesa (Creativity at the Table)
- September 29th at Loco Restaurant.
- Registration is free, but limited to 20 people.
- Register at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restaurants taking part in Lisbon Food Week
If you’re planning a trip to Lisbon during food week, these are some of the outstanding restaurants putting on special menus. We’ve linked to their websites so you can find further information and plan your citywide gastronomy tour.
Tascas taking part in Lisbon Food Week
Some of the city’s best tascas (traditional taverns) have also been invited to take part. They’ve been awarded the ‘Palito d’ouro’ (gold medal) by the book, “As 50 Melhores Tascas de Lisboa” (50 Best Tascas in Lisbon). We’ve linked to their Facebook pages and websites to help you find out more.
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