If food is one of the reasons to travel, you are in the right place. For the people of Terceira Island, life is synonymous with festivities and festivities are synonymous with food and drink!
The taste of seafood is unique. Slipper lobsters, barnacles, limpets and the many species of fresh fish invite you to sit and eat. The hard part is leaving.
Cows are raised in pastures, free and happy, and their meat is juicy and tasty. There are quite a few meat dishes and we can find them all over the island, including typical ones, such as beef stews, pork rinds, blood sausages, linguiça sausages and rabbit meat, and simpler ones such as Angus beef on a stick or steaks that “melt” in your mouth.
Additionally, you can taste the Soups of the Holy Spirit, stews and Portuguese sweet bread during the Feasts of the Holy Spirit. The worship of the Holy Spirit is a unique experience on the island.
To sweeten you mouth, you can taste the Dona Amelia tartlets, which combine molasses, cinnamon, currants and citrons. Legend has it that these tartlets are named after Queen Amelie who visited the island. “Alfenim,” another typical sweet of the island that is connected to the Feasts of the Holy Spirit, is a sugar paste transformed by skilled female hands into works of art in the form of flowers, doves, chickens, swans and rabbits – a fantastic world of sugar and fantasy. There are also other options such as cornucopias or rice pudding that you can add to the list of desserts.
You cannot forget the different types of cheese, including the fresh ones made with goat’s milk and the cured ones made with cow’s milk. A visit to some of the factories is highly recommended as you can taste the cheese where it is produced.
To complement all dishes and sweets, you can taste the Verdelho wine from the Biscoitos wine region, where vineyards are laid out in “curraletas” [small rectangular plots]. If you visit the Biscoitos Wine Museum, you will get to know this region’s winemaking tradition, culture and Biscoitos wine a bit better. Organized tours of the wineries are also available.
Organic production has become increasingly important in recent years and some wineries open their doors to visitors, showcasing the whole cycle from the production site to the table. Small local farms are more likely to use sustainable practices and to grow a wider variety of crops. They grow unique vegetables that inspire you to cook.
There are many reasons to buy local, but the best reason of them all is the taste. Food that does not travel far is fresher.
Gastronomy and wine are the key for a complete vacation experience that includes nature, history and flavors!