Updated: Feb 17
Arrebita Idanha Bio brought together thousands of participants and more than 30 chefs in the villages of Idanha-a-Velha and Penha Garcia.
The second edition of the festival took place on October 2nd and 3rd, was attended by renowned national chefs who cooked with the best local and organic products in the region. We recall that this event was distinguished in 2020 with the Grand Prize of the Portuguese Academy of Gastronomy.
In addition to the tasting of the available dishes, the event included, for the first time, a Producers' Market, where participants were able to taste and purchase local, seasonal, and organic products.
Arrebita Idanha Bio, a co-organization between Amuse Bouche and the Municipality of Idanha-a-Nova, attracted thousands of visitors from all over the country and Spain, on the first day, Saturday, on the streets of Idanha-a-Velha, and ended on Sunday in the streets of Penha Garcia.
The Minister of Agriculture, Maria do Céu Antunes, visited the event for the second time and praised the organization: “This a real value of the territory. Three dimensions are associated in a single event: national production, national cuisine through the chefs, and our natural and cultural heritage”. She also mentioned that “Arrebita combines our endogenous products, in this case organic production, with the best of Portuguese gastronomy and heritage tourism. All by the hand of our chefs, who have been the great ambassadors of Portuguese gastronomy”.
Lídia Monteiro, coordinating director of Turismo de Portugal, also attended and said that “the tourism sector has been a factor in preserving a certain authenticity, especially in inland territories. The challenge is to make this authenticity more and more up to date to be a beautiful experience for all generations. And this has happened with our products from the land, which can be a reason for unique experiences in these territories”. The mayor of Idanha-a-Nova, Armindo Jacinto, said that Arrebita Idanha Bio “represents the challenge of the country, as a whole, to look at gastronomy as an opportunity for development, involving the themes of agrifood production, tourism, sustainability, biodiversity and geodiversity”.
Remembering the chefs who attended this event:
Ricardo Costa (The Yeatman, V. N. Gaia, 2* Michelin), Vincent Farges (Epur, Lisboa, 1* Michelin), Pedro Almeida (Midori, Sintra, 1* Michelin), Angélica Salvador (InDiferente, Porto), Tiago Bonito (Largo do Paço, Amarante, 1* Michelin), Pedro Braga (Mito, Porto), Marcella Ghirelli (Comida Independente, Lisboa), Francesco Ogliari and Marisa Tiago (Tua Madre, Évora), Natalie Castro and Joana Costa (Isco, Lisboa), Maria de Sousa (Casa da Velha Fonte at Casa da Amoreira, Idanha-a-Velha), Luís Gaspar (Sala de Corte, Lisboa), Raquel Ramos (Geocakes, Idanha-a-Nova), Mr. Domingos (Penha Garcia), Rui Barata and Bruno Rodrigues (BRB Monsanto), Hugo Brito (Boi-Cavalo, Lisboa) and Joaquim Saragga Leal (Taberna Sal Grosso, Lisboa).
We all look forward to the third edition of this wonderful Festival!