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Portuguese elected their seven gastronomic wonders

in News · 17-09-2011 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

Seafood rice, Serra da Estrela cheese, caldo verde soup, barbequed sardines, suckling piglet Bairrada style, pastel de Belém and Alheira de Mirandela have been voted as the seven wonders of Portuguese gastronomy by the national population.

Portuguese elected their seven gastronomic wonders

The results of the nationwide vote were announced on 11 September, during a ceremony at Santarem’s former horse riding school, the Antiga Escola Prática de Cavalaria de Santarém, that was broadcast live on RTP.
According to the organisers, a company called ‘Sete Maravilhas’, which has organised similar competitions such as the seven natural wonders of Portugal and the seven top monuments in the country, this event was the most voted upon, with almost one million people taking part by phone, text message or online. The process was audited by Pricewaterhouse Coopers & Associates.
Around the country, each dish or food product was identified with a region, as people voted on the 21 items that made it to the finals, from an initial choice of 70 that were selected by a jury. There were seven categories: starters, soups, seafood, fish, meat, game and sweets, representing 10 regions.
In the finals, only starters had two representatives, with Alheira de Mirandela (a type of sausage) and Serra da Estrela cheese, although some critics questioned the cheese in its category as it should not be eaten as a starter.
On 7 August, the organisers announced that the finalists included three soups, which aside from the winning kale soup ‘caldo verde’ also included Sopa da Pedra and Açorda à Alentejana, while the other dishes were all winners, except for the Coelho à Caçador (hunter-style rabbit), in the game category.
In the final, each region was also limited to only two dishes. The winners represent: Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (Alheira de Mirandela), Beira Litoral and Beira Interior (Serra da Estrela cheese), between the Douro and Minho (caldo verde), Estremadura and Ribatejo (seafood rice), Lisbon and Setúbal (grilled sardines), Beira Litoral (suckling piglet) and Lisbon for its Pastel de Belém.
Candidatures to this competition were open to any company, restaurant or individual who could present a recipe that was more than 50 years old, “genuine and represented traditional Portuguese values.”

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