Brazilian festival raises the bar on social snacking

Comida di Buteco is an annual month-long bar food festival in Brazil during April

When people think of Brazil, they may think of Carnival, Amazon and amazing beaches, they may be surprised to learn the country is also very proud of its bar snacks. ‘Comida di Buteco’ is an annual competition kicking off on 13 April, to find the bar that serves the best ‘new’ snack within 16 participating cities across Brazil.

Throughout the month of April over 300 bars will serve up their newly created signature dish with an ice cold beer, in the hope of taking the title of serving the best bar food in their city. Locals and visitors are encouraged to visit the participating bars and opt for their signature dish and then rate the experience, which is then reviewed by specially elected judges, known as “botequeiros”, who decide on the winning bar.

Creativity is the recipe for success, with dishes usually based around one traditional ingredient typically found in the regional cuisine. Past winning dishes have included trout with fried sweet potato, ribs with guava sauce and muscles accompanied by beans, pepperoni and cassava.

This year will see Sao Paulo added to the list of 15 cities that usually host the competition. Belo Horizonte, in the South East of the country, where the competition was originally founded in 1999, remains a traditional favourite host city and has more bars per capita than anywhere in Brazil.

In typical Brazilian fashion, the competition culminates in a spectacular three day awards party in Belo Horizonte called “A Saidera,” or “The Nightcap”, usually attracting up to 35,000 revellers who enjoy the music concerts and dancing which is booked especially for the occasion. The competing bars from around the city attend and serve up their snacks for all to enjoy.  Similar celebrations take place in the other 15 cities hosting the competition. 

Flávio Dino, President of the Brazilian Tourist Board (EMBRATUR) said: “Brazil is extremely proud of its creative and tasty gastronomy and Comida di Buteco is a fantastic opportunity for visitors to sample some of the best Brazil has to offer in bar snacks. It’s a fun celebration for people to get involved with, which we hope the visitors enjoy.”

Brits planning a trip to Brazil from 13 April through 13 May may want to incorporate a stop in one of the participating cities which include:

• Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais
• Belém, Pará
• Campinas, São Paulo
• Fortaleza, Ceará
• Goiânia, Goiás
• Ipatinga, Minas Gerais
• Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais
• Manaus, Amazonas
• Montes Claros, Minas Gerais
• Poços de Caldas, Minas Gerais
• Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
• Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo
• Salvador, Bahia
• São José do Rio Preto, São Paulo
• Uberlândia, Minas Gerais

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